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Master Skills Series: Reading Comprehension Grade 3 Paperback – November 30, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 9 years
  • Series: Master Skills
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: American Education Publishing (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156189043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561890439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. Herman on August 23, 2007
I was looking for a good reader's comprehension book to use on my third grader. This book is very short (4 to 5 sentences) paragraphs followed by 3 questions. I was looking for something a little longer. The topics in the book are fairly kid friendly and if you are just looking for something for you child to practice on for test taking purposes, I guess it's okay. The vocabulary is very simple (more like 1st or maybe 2nd grade) so there is nothing that your 3rd grader won't understand. Graphics are good and colorful, although they are mostly just covering blank parts of the page and not adding to the stories they illistrate. Just didn't seem like a 3rd grade leve. I'm going to use it for my 2nd grader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amanooensis on December 29, 2007
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We were looking for a book that would provide practice specifically in reading comprehension skills, for a child in second grade who is reading above grade level in most other respects (vocabulary, etc.). This book suits that need very well.

We wanted our young student to have some short reading assignments, and to develop the discipline of answering questions *only using information from the text* -- as opposed to answering from personal experience, or guessing, etc. It's not really the same thing as being "smart" and it's not the same thing as understanding the vocabulary. I was glad to see that this book does indeed offer plenty of practice in that skill area, as well as various other activities, as described in the product listing.

Another reviewer here has observed that the book does not appear to be truly geared for third grade, despite its title. My guess is that it probably is indeed geared for *some* third graders, considering that kids in this age range have widely-varying skill levels.

Still, I'd tend to agree with that reviewer, because our second-grader's teacher had used a few of the pages from this book (or one like it) for homework assignments! I mean, word-for-word, they were the same pages, and these are just regular kids in second grade. Presumably most of them were able to do the homework, but I can't vouch for it.

I also haven't had a chance to find out if the teacher was using this same book, or another one from the same publisher, or what. It would not surprise me if an educational publisher reprints the same thing in different products, geared toward supposedly different markets.

The contents are not great literature, and I have small quibbles with the quality and precision of a few things here and there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Becky Rose on August 28, 2010
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I got this book to help my son with reading comprehension over the summer. He finished it in a few weeks and it was relatively pain free. He's not interested in reading comprehension, but it wasn't so difficult that he was turned off, but it was challenging enough that he wasn't bored.

What was helpful was the way they broke it down and asked questions that he had to think about. It also helped to make him feel successful in reading. The answers are in the back, so make sure you remove and put in a special place only you know about. We corrected his together and that was pretty fun to go over the answers and ask why he chose the ones he did.

I'll use this series again next summer to keep his brain stimulated and active.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Moore on March 10, 2008
I was looking for a reading comprehension workbook to prepare my third grader for Beestar online reading assessment. This book provides fairly short paragraphs composed at grade 2-3 level. The topics are very kids friendly. It is perfect for your child to practice and get ready for state standard tests. We don't see any challenging words in the text, so your third grader should proceed lesson by lesson without difficulty. The book contains colorful pictures that attract children's attention. My child's Beestar assessment test was slightly harder than this book. But the concepts and skills are the same. Overall it's a fair book serving the purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kay J. Keen on January 11, 2011
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This workbook is just what I was looking for. My second grader, an average reader in her class, struggles a little bit with comprehension. The short stories and fill in the blank type questions are very similar to the worksheets she is currently doing at school. Subjects are interesting for her, and a couple of pages at a time is more fun than work.
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