By Taylor Martin • September 26, 2022

5 Free Online Games to Teach Third Grade Reading Skills

Sparking a love for learning takes time—and a great activity to kickstart it! If you've been searching for third grade reading games and activities that are truly engaging for kids, you're in luck. We have plenty to share!

Our team of former educators has created these effective and engaging resources you can use to help your students master key standards. All of the games listed below are tailored to Common Core standards, and can be found within eSpark’s differentiated reading curriculum. Try out these games with your students for free!

1. Dumpster Adventure

Jay, a big–city rat, lives in the subway. Jay’s grown tired of the bland foods left in the trash—that is, until Guiseppe shows up! Read about their mission to get a taste of the city.

Dumpster Adventure game

Standard Alignment: RL.3.1 – Understanding the Text


2. Jungle Racers: Idiom Edition

Complete the sentences with the right expressions to beat your friends in a race through the jungle.

Jungle Racers Idiom Edition game

Standard Alignment: RL.3.4 – Literal vs. Non-Literal Language


3. Underwater Adventure

Dr. Z is exploring the ocean in her submarine. Read passages and answer questions to help her collect underwater objects to study in her lab!

Underwater Adventure game

Standard Alignment: RI.3.1 – Asking and Answering Questions


4. Panda Breakout: Words with Suffixes

The pandas are locked up and need your help getting the keys to freedom from the guard robots! Answer the questions to outsmart the robots and get the keys to free the pandas.


Standard Alignment: RF.3.3.a – Common Prefixes and Suffixes


5. Cloud Surfing: Sight Words

Soar through the sky by selecting the sight words that you hear. Gain a power boost by answering correctly on the first try!

Cloud Surfing Sight Words game
Standard Alignment: RF.3.3.d – Reading Sight Words


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