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WRITE IT RIGHT! Fill-in-the-blank exercises help distinguish the long or short
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CRISS CROSS Crossword puzzles review topics such as prefixes, suffixes,
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IT’S PUZZLING Reviews word roots by matching “prefix,” “root,” and “suffix”
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READING COMPREHENSION SUCCESS
REASON TO READ Colorful book covers, story descriptions, and articles teach
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STOP AND GO STORY Illustrations and short stories about toys, superheroes,
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3-in-1 SuperWorkbook will help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of
all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it! Here’s a peek at what’s inside:
SPELLING SUCCESS
WRITE IT RIGHT! Fill-in-the-blank exercises help distinguish the long or short
letter sounds in lessons such as You and the Letter “U” and Say Hey to “A.”
CRISS CROSS Crossword puzzles review topics such as prefixes, suffixes,
silent letters, and more.
VOCABULARY SUCCESS
TIC-TAC-TOE Helps kids distinguish between synonyms and antonyms. Find
three synonyms or antonyms in a row, and win!
IT’S PUZZLING Reviews word roots by matching “prefix,” “root,” and “suffix”
puzzle pieces together to form new words.
READING COMPREHENSION SUCCESS
REASON TO READ Colorful book covers, story descriptions, and articles teach
kids how to predict what a story will be about.
STOP AND GO STORY Illustrations and short stories about toys, superheroes,
roller coasters, and more show how to absorb and think about the facts of the
story along the way.
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their own work.
Give your child’s grades and confidence a boost with 3rd Grade Super Reading Success.
SYLVAN LEARNING has been the premier provider of
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1,100 learning centers in the U.S. and Canada, Sylvan has
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math, writing, and study skills. Visit www.educate.com to
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One of the best ways to see learning progress is to check one’s own work. Each section of the
workbook includes a Check It! strip. As your child completes the activities, he can check his
answers with Check It! If he sees any errors, he can fix them himself.
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Spelling Contents
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1 Compound Words 1
2 Double Consonants 5
3 Syllable Sounds 9
4 Oodles of Oodles! 13
Review 17
5 Verbs, Verbing, Verbed 19
6 Plurals 23
7 More Plurals 27
8 Even More Plurals 31
Review 35
9 Cool, Cooler, Coolest 37
10 Double Consonants Again! 41
11 Cute, Cuter, Cutest 45
Review 49
12 Super Suffixes 51
13 More Super Suffixes 55
14 Prefixes 59
Review 63
15 Say Hey to “A”! 65
16 I Spy Long “I”! 69
17 you and the Letter “U” 73
18 It’s Not Easy Being “E” 77
Review 81
19 Oodles and Oodels (and Oodals) 83
20 Silent Letters (Shhh!) 87
21 Words Starring “Nk” 91
22 Phooling Around with “F” 95
Review 99
23 A, E, I, O, UH? 101
24 Contractions 105
25 Homophones 109
26 Word Challenge 113
Review 117
Spelling Words Index 119
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Compound Words
1
When it’s warm outside, I like to play in my backyard all
day. I run in the grass barefoot, and I lie down in the bright
sunshine. Sometimes I play baseball or football with
friends. Today is my birthday, so we’re having a party. My
grandmother gave us each a yummy cupcake and some
popcorn to eat. My friends will stay until sunset, when it
gets dark. We’ll have a lot of fun, as long as it doesn’t rain!
Page 1
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Page 3
Page 4
Keywords
A COMPOUND WORD is a word that’s made up of two
words stuck together, like treehouse or skateboard or dogsled.
READ the paragraph. Te words in bold are your keywords.
FILL IN the blanks with the bold words in alphabetical order.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
3Check It!
1
Keywords
1. barefoot
2. backyard
3. birthday
4. baseball
5. cupcake
6. sunset
7. popcorn
8. outside
Bonus:
1. backpack
2. campfire
3. airplane
4. bedtime
5. handwriting
6. seasick
Blank Out!
Add It Up
Split It!
grandmother
3
grand + mother
7. grahdªmoIhªer
8. ouIªside
9. popªcorh
10. someªIimes
11. suhªseI
12. suhªshihe
1. backªyard
2. bareªIooI
3. baseªball
4. birIhªday
5. cupªcake
6. IooIªball
1. backyard
2. barefoot
3. baseball
4. birthday
5. cupcake
6. football
7. grandmother
8. outside
9. popcorn
10. sometimes
11. sunset
12. sunshine
1. bedªroom
2. blackªboard
3. bookªcase
4. careªIree
5. courIªroom
6. dowhªsIairs
7. Iireªworks
8. IooIªsIep
9. highªway
10. houseªwork
11. lighIªhouse
12. peaªhuI
13. playªgrouhd
14. shopªliII
15. silkªworm
16. showªsIorm
17. zigªzag
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Split It!
Which one of the keywords has more than two syllables?
__________________
How many syllables does it have? ______
Break it down: What two smaller words make up the bigger word?
_____________ + _____________
When you split a compound word into syllables, start by breaking it down into
the smaller words and putting a dot in between the words. Ten, if one of the
words has more than one syllable (like mother), put a dot between the syllables.
SPLIT the keywords into syllables, using dots to mark the breaks.
Examples: skate•board, step•fa•ther
backyard
barefoot
baseball
birthday
cupcake
football
grandmother
outside
popcorn
sometimes
sunset
sunshine
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
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12.
Compound Words
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Compound Words
1
Blank Out!
FILL IN the blanks with keywords.
1. Without shoes or socks, your foot is bare.
You are ____________.
2. The grassy yard in the back of our house is the ____________.
3. Every year you celebrate the day of your birth. Happy ____________!
4. If you hit a ball and run to a base, you’re playing ____________.
5. A small cake shaped like a cup is a ____________.
6. After the sun has set, it’s dark outside. Be home by ____________!
7. If you heat up a kernel of corn, it will pop. That’s called ____________.
8. When you go out the front or back side of your house, you’re ___________.
1. A pack that you fill with books and carry on your back is a ____________.
2. When you camp in a tent and roast marshmallows over a fire,
that’s a ____________.
3. A plane that flies through the air from New York to London is an ___________.
4. At night, when the clock says it’s time to go to bed, it’s ____________.
5. The words you are writing with your pen in your hand is ____________.
6. If sailing on the sea makes you so sick you
throw up, you’re ____________.
Bonus
Can you finish these sentences?
3
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Add It Up
ADD UP the smaller words to make compound words.
SPLIT the new words into syllables. FILL IN the blanks, using dots to mark the breaks.
Example: skate + board - skate·board
bed + room =
black + board =
book + case =
care + free =
court + room =
down + stairs =
fire + works =
foot + step =
high + way =
house + work =
light + house =
pea + nut =
play + ground =
shop + lift =
silk + worm =
snow + storm =
zig + zag =
Compound Words
3Check It!
Cut out the Check It! section on page 1, and see if you got the answers right.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
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Vocabulary Contents
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1 Synonyms & Antonyms 123
2 More Synonyms & Antonyms 131
3 Homophones 139
4 Homographs 147
Review 155
5 Prefixes 159
6 More Prefixes 167
7 Suffixes 175
8 More Suffixes 183
Review 191
9 Roots 195
10 More Roots 203
11 Even More Roots 211
12 Roots, Last Call! 219
Review 227
Vocabulary Words Index 231
Synonyms & Antonyms
1
Keywords
ac•quire—uh-KWIR verb 1. to get as your own 2. to gain for yourself
Synonyms: get, gain, obtain. Antonyms: provide, give.
e•nor•mous—ih-NAWR-muhs adjective unusually large in size or number
Synonyms: huge, massive, gigantic. Antonyms: tiny, small.
frac•ture—FRAK-cher verb to break
Synonyms: break, crack, rupture. Antonyms: fix, mend.
gloom•y—GLOO-mee adjective 1. dark 2. sad
Synonyms: dark, unhappy, sad. Antonyms: bright, cheerful.
hu•mor•ous—HYOO-mer-uhs adjective funny
Synonyms: amusing, hilarious, funny. Antonyms: serious.
in•quire—ihn-KWIR verb to ask about
Synonyms: ask, request. Antonyms: respond.
mend—mend verb 1. to fix 2. to make better
Synonyms: repair, fix, recover. Antonyms: break, fracture.
mi•nus•cule—MIHN-uh-skyool adjective very small
Synonyms: tiny, minute, little. Antonyms: enormous, gigantic.
pro•vide—pruh-VID verb 1. to take care of 2. to supply what is needed
Synonyms: give, offer, supply. Antonyms: get, take.
re•spond—rih-SPAHND verb 1. to answer 2. to react in response
Synonyms: reply, answer. Antonyms: ask, question.
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Page 5
Read and Replace
1. respond
2. mend
3. provide
4. enormous
5. fracture
6. minuscule
7. gloomy
8. acquire
9. inquire
10. humorous
Petal Power
1. gloomy
2. provide
3. inquire
4. enormous
1. reply, answer, tell
2. mend, connect, attach
3. sad, grim, depressing
4. collect, earn, gain
Criss Cross
ACROSS
1. inquire
4. mend
6. gloomy
7. humorous
9. provide
10. acquire
DOWN
2. respond
3. enormous
5. miniscule
8. fracture
Tic-Tac-Toe
1
3Check It!
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Read & Replace
READ the letter. Each word in bold is a SYNONYM to a keyword.
Synonyms are words that have the same meanings, like broad and wide.
FILL IN the blanks using a keyword from the word box.
acquire enormous fracture gloomy humorous
inquire mend minuscule provide respond
Synonyms & Antonyms
Dear Ms. Trainer,
I am writing this to to your e-mail. I’m sorry to hear
your elephant has a broken bone. I wish that I could help you
your elephant’s leg. Unfortunately I do not have
a cast to you. My company does not make casts
for animals when they a bone. Most
people can tell by our company name that we only make casts
for creatures.
I know this must be a time for you. I hope you will
the cast you need soon. You might want to contact
the Jumbo Cast Company to about a cast.
Sincerely,
Dr. Bones, President
Itsy Bitsy Cast Company
P.S. I don’t mean to be at such
a serious time, but if you do ever need a
cast for any of the fleas at your circus, I’d be
happy to help.
SFQMZ
GJY
WFSZMBSHF
HFU
BTL
GVOOZ
TBE
CSFBL
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Page 6
Blank Out!
Page 7
Page 8
Night & Day
Blank Out!
1. e
2. d
3. g
4. h
5. c
6. i
7. j
8. b
9. a
10. f
1. mend
2. fracture
3. provide
4. enormous
5. inquire
6. gloomy
7. miniscule
8. humorous
9. acquire
10. respond
1. enormous
2. inquire
3. gloomy
4. mend
5. miniscule
6. acquire
7. fracture
8. humorous
9. respond
10. provide
HJWF
1
2
3
4
6
7
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10
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2.
Synonyms & Antonyms
1
enormous gloomy inquire mend provide
Petal Power
Te petals around the flowers are ANTONYMS to the word in the center. Antonyms are words that
have opposite meanings, like tiny and huge. READ the words around each flower and WRITE an
antonym from the keywords in the center.
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Tic-Tac-Toe
PLAY Tic-tac-toe with synonyms and antonyms. CIRCLE any word that is a synonym to the blue
word. PUT an X through any antonyms. When you find three synonyms or antonyms in a row, you
are a winner! Te line can go across, down, or horizontally.
Synonyms & Antonyms
sad comical funny
serious grim laughable
hilarious unfunny depressing
3. humorous
reply ask question
ignore answer inquire
react request tell
1. respond
give get gain
lose earn sell
collect provide buy
4. acquire
break fix mend
crack shatter connect
join tear attach
2. fracture
Example:
large tiny gigantic
big petite small
miniature little huge
miniscuIe
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3rd-Grade
Reading Comprehension
Success
Reading Comprehension Contents
Before You Read
1 Predict & Confirm 237
2 Reason to Read 245
While You Read
3 Predict & Revise 253
4 Keep Track of the Facts 261
5 Picture This! 269
6 Context Clues 277
7 Problem & Solution 285
8 Main Idea & Details 293
After You Read
9 Story Plan 301
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Page 1
Pages 2-3
Predict & Confirm
1
When you predict, that means you’re guessing what the book
is about before you read it. Smart readers predict before they
read. Use the cover of a book to figure out what the story will
be about.
Ask yourself what kind of story you are about to read. Is it a romance,
science fiction, comedy, or mystery? These categories are called genres.
FILL IN the blank next to each cover with the genre you think it is.
1. romance
2. action
3. science fiction
4. horror
Pick the One!
1. c
2. d
3. a
4. d
5. b
6. c
Doodle Pad
Suggested Titles:
1. Hot Dog Summer
2. Prairie Romance
3. Afraid to Fly
4. Kidnapped!
5. The Poodle Problem
6. Golf Dreams
1.
science fiction action romance horror
2.
3. 4.
Pages 7-8
Check, Please!
1. c
2. a
3. c
4. d
5. c
6. b
1
3Check It!
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Pick the One!
CIRCLE the best title for each book cover.
Predict & Confirm
a. The Old Man and the Sea
b. The History of Baseball
c. A Boy and His Dog
d. School Stinks!
a. High School Dance
b. The Popcorn Mystery
c. Rocketship Down!
d. Making the Team
a. Call Me Mister Pimple!
b. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
c. Kyle the Cowboy Kid
d. Lost in the Mountains
1.
2.
3.
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Predict & Confirm
1
a. A Day in the Park
b. Summer Love
c. Going to Grandma’s
d. Level Up!
a. The Haunted House
b. Grounded for Life
c. Neighborhood Murder
d. Mrs. Frisby Moves Away
a. Trapped with My Brother
b. I Hate Sisters!
c. Summer on Wheels
d. Ski Camp
4.
5.
6.
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Doodle Pad
CREATE a cover and title to match each plot.
Predict & Confirm
Plot 1: Jeremy spends the summer
with his grandma in a big house
on Loony Lake. While he’s there, he
makes friends with Shania, the hot
dog eating champion of Loony Lake.
But at this year’s hot dog eating
contest, Jeremy is the winner! Will
Shania still be his friend?
Plot 2: Starfire is a Native American
girl. Johnny Kane is a young boy
who’s just joined the Pony Express
to bring mail across the prairie.
When Starfire saves Johnny from a
robbery, they fall in love. Can two
such different people find happiness?
Title:
Title:
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Cover and Interior Photos: Jonathan Pozniak
Cover and Interior Illustrations: Duendes del Sur
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ISBN: 978-0-375-43006-0
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