HOW WELL READ IS YOUR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD?

Your child should be familiar with many of the following at the end of the third grade, through books he has read and stories you have read:

  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf-Aesop fable
  • The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg-Aesop fable
  • The Ugly Duckling-Hans Christian Andersen story
  • “God bless us, everyone!”-Tiny Tim’s prayer in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
  • Babe the Blue Ox-Paul Bunyan’s companion
  • “Open, Sesame”-Aii Baba’s magical password in Arabian Nights Tale
  • The Yellow Brick Road-path to the Emerald City in Oz
  • Anansi the Spider-trickster of African folktales
  • Goldilocks-little girl who explored the Three Bears’ house
  • The Boy and the Dike-stuck his finger in a hole to keep back the sea
  • Christopher Robin-Winnie-the-Pooh’s owner in A A Milne tales
  • Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit-animal foes in Uncle Remus stories
  • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “-Golden Rule
  • King Midas-greedy king with the golden touch
  • Zeus and Hera- also known as Jupiter and Juno; king and queen of the Greek and Roman gods
  • Unicorn- a mythical horselike beast with a single horn on the forehead
  • Trolls-mythical dwarves who live in caves or under bridges
  • William Tell-Swiss archer who shot an apple off his son’s head
  • Pocahontas-Indian maiden who saved Captain John Smith
  • Noah’s Ark-carried the animals in the biblical flood
  • Glass slipper-footwear Cinderella wore at the ball
  • The Owl and the Pussycat-sea-goers of Edward Lear’s poem
  • “But he’s wearing no clothes!”-observation of the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
  • Sherwood Forest-Robin Hood’s home

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