This course follows the Common Core State Standards for 3rd grade English.

For reading skills, the student will be able to tell the difference between literal and nonliteral language. Students will be able to talk about the chapters, scenes, and stanzas of written work and how these pieces fit together to produce a whole story. A student’s writing skills will be developed by teaching them to use linking words and phrases, words and phrases that show event order, and be able to conduct short research projects to build knowledge. Students will be able to follow social rules for discussions, such as staying on topic, being respectful of other’s turn to talk and point of view, and linking their comments to others.

While reading informational texts, students will be able to describe the main idea, determine the meaning of academic words and phrases, and use maps and photographs to understand the text. The students will then learn about rules and laws, why we need them in our world, and the leaders who make these laws. The students will learn what it means to be a citizen and what symbols we use to represent America. Finally, they will learn about how people solve problems and celebrate holidays together.

LANGUAGE ARTS –THIRD GRADE

1- Course Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
3- Required Readings
4- Resources
Handout: Word Web
Handout: Graphic Organizer
Handout: Compare and Contrast – Venn Diagram
Handout: Compare and Contrast – Similar and Different
Handout: Storyboard
Handout: Spelling Quiz (Lessons 3-18)
Handout: Spelling Quiz (Lessons 19-36)
Handout: Editing Symbols
Handout: Reading Journal

2- Fiction or Nonfiction, Harry Houdini, Writing Paragraphs
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 1
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 1
Handout: Spelling Words Quiz Lesson 1
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 1
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 1
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 2
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 2
Handout: Spelling Words Quiz Lesson 2
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 2
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 2
3- Grammar: Subjects & Predicates
Essay: Parts of a Sentence
Assignment: Subjects & Predicates Assignment
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Fiction or Nonfiction?
5- Reading Mini Lesson: KWL Charts Review
6- Reading: The Invention of the Telephone
Worksheet: The Invention of the Telephone
7- Reading: Hold the Phone!
Quiz: Hold the Phone
8- Reading: A Picture Book of Harry Houdini
Handout: Harry Houdini KWL
Assignment: Harry Houdini KWL
9- Writing: Harry Houdini Journal
Handout: Reading Journal
Assignment: Harry Houdini Reading Journal
10- Writing Mini Lesson: Narrowing a Topic
11- Writing Mini Lesson: Paragraphs
Handout: Paragraphs
Assignment: Paragraphs
12- Speaking and Listening: Rules

3- Types of Sentences, Good Reading Skills, The Courage of Sarah Noble
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 3
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 3
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 3
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 3
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 4
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 4
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 4
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 4
3- Grammar: Types of Sentences
Worksheet: Writing Sentences
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Overview
5- Reading Mini Lession: Characters
Handout: Character Web
Assignment: Character Web
6- Reading: Johnny Appleseed
Worksheet: Johnny Appleseed
7- Reading Mini Lesson: Setting
Handout: Pesky Critters Handout
Assignment: Pesky Critters Setting
8- Reading: The Courage of Sarah Noble
Assignment: The Courage of Sarah Noble Reading Journal
9- Writing: Linking Words
10- Writing: Six Step Process
11- Speaking and Listening: The Courage of Sarah Noble
Assignment: The Courage of Sarah Noble Recording

4- Prior Knowledge, Chapters, Clementine or Dragonbreath
1- Vocabulary Words Lessons 5
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 5
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 5
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 5
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 6
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 6
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 6
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 6
3- Grammar: Action & Linking Verbs
Assignment: Action & Linking Verbs
4- Grammar: The Verb “be”
Worksheet: Verb “be”
Essay: Verb “be”
5- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do -Activate Prior Knowledge
6- Reading: What a Nose!
Essay: What a Nose
7- Reading Mini Lesson: What is a Chapter?
8- Reading: Clementine or Dragonbreath
Assignment: Reading Journal
9- Writing: Brainstorming
Assignment: Brainstorming Someone Special
10- Speaking and Listening: Painting Elephants
Worksheet: Main Idea and Supporting Details

5- Rereading, Point of View, Graphic Organizers
1- Vocabulary Words Lessons 7
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 7
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 7
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 7
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 8
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 8
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 8
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 8
3- Grammar Review: Adjectives and Adverbs
Quiz: Adjective or Adverb?
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Reread!
Essay: What a Nose! Summary
5- Reading Mini Lesson: Point of View
Quiz: Point of View
6- Reading: Animals in Winter
Worksheet: Animals in Winter Assignment
7- Reading: Bink and Gollie or Best Friends for Frances
8- Writing: Reading Journal
Assignment: Reading Journal
9- Writing: Using a Graphic Organizer
Assignment: Graphic Organizer of Someone Special

6- Helping Verbs, Asking Questions, The Gadget War
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 9
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 9
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 9
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 9
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 10
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 10
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 10
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 10
3- Grammar: Verb Phrases/Helping Verbs
Worksheet: Helping and Main Verbs
4- Grammar: The Verb “Have” in Present/Past/Future
Essay: The Verb “Have”
5- Grammar: The Verb “Do”
Quiz: The Verb “Do”
6- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Ask Questions
7- Reading Mini Lesson: Pictures and Words
8- Reading: Berry Colorful Ink
Quiz: Ink
9- Reading: The Gadget War
10- Writing: The Gadget War Journal
Assignment: The Gadget War Reading Journal
11- Writing: Using A Graphic Organizer to Write a Draft
Assignment: Draft of Someone Special
12- Speaking and Listening: Ask Questions
Assignment: A Topic Discussion

7- Context Clues, Goin’ Someplace Special, Peer Review
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 11
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 11
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 11
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 11
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 12
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 12
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 12
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 12
3- Grammar: Present & Past Tense
Quiz: Present & Past Tense Verbs
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Context Clues
5- Reading: At the Library
Essay: Library Visit
6- Reading: Goin’ Someplace Special
7- Writing: Goin’ Someplace Special Journal
Assignment: Goin’ Someplace Special Reading Journal
8- Writing: Peer Reviewing
9- Writing: Revising and Proofreading
Assignment: Revising and Proofreading Someone Special
10- Speaking and Listening: Explaining Ideas
Assignment: Talking About Writing Recording

8- Nouns, Themes, George and Martha
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 13
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 13
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 13
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 13
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 14
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 14
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 14
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 14
3- Grammar: Identifying Nouns
Handout: Nouns
Assignment: Nouns Assignment
4- Grammar: Plural Nouns
Quiz: Plural Nouns Quiz
5- Grammar: Proper Nouns
Worksheet: Proper Nouns Worksheet
6- Grammar: Possessive Nouns
Handout: Possessive Nouns
Assignment: Possessive Nouns Assignment
7- Grammar: Abstract Nouns
8- Reading: Sharks
Worksheet: Sharks Worksheeet
9- Reading: Bats
Essay: Bats Assignment
10- Reading Mini Lesson: Compare and Contrast Themes
Assignment: Compare and Contrast Themes
11- Reading: George and Martha
12- Writing: George and Martha Reading Journal
Assignment: George and Martha Reading Journal
13- Writing: Proofreading and Editing
Assignment: Someone Special Final Draft

9- Synonyms, Time Order Writing, Invention of Bubble Gum
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 15
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 15
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 15
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 15
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 16
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 16
Assignment: Vocaubulary Words Lesson 16
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 16
3- Vocabulary: Shades of Meaning and Synonyms
Quiz: Synonyms
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Time Order Writing
5- Reading: Who Invented Potato Chips?
Essay: Who Invented Potato Chips Assignment
Worksheet: Who Invented Potato Chips Worksheet
6- Reading: Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
7- Writing: Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum Journal.
Assignment: Pop! Reading Journal
8- Writing: Time Order Topic
Assignment: Time Order Writing
9- Speaking and Listening: Giving a Report

10- Making Predictions, Informative Texts, Liberty!
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 17
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 17
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 17
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 17
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 18
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 18
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 18
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 18
3- Grammar: Pronouns
Quiz: Pronouns
Quiz: Pronouns Part 2
Essay: Pronouns Assignment
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Predictions
5- Reading Mini Lesson: Nonfiction Prediction
6- Reading Mini Lesson: Informative/Explanatory Texts
Handout: “Bikes”
7- Reading: “Planets”
Handout: Planets Story
Handout: Planets Story Summary
Assignment: Planets Story
8- Reading: Washington, D.C.
Worksheet: Washington, D.C.
9- Reading: Liberty!
Assignment: Liberty! Reading Journal
10- Writing: Informational Writing
Assignment: Informational Writing
11- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

11- Capitalization and Punctuation, Literal and Figurative, Squids will be Squids
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 19
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 19
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 19
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 19
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 20
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 20
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 20
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 20
3- Vocabulary: Sentence Level Context Clues
4- Grammar: Capitalizing & Punctuating Sentences
5- Grammar: Capitalizing & Punctuating Titles and Initials
6- Grammar: Capitalizing Place Names & Addresses
Handout: Capitalization and Punctuation
Assignment: Capitalization & Punctuation Assignment
7- Grammar: Addresses and Abbreviations
Essay: Addresses & Letter Writing Essay
8- Reading: Postcards from Mexico
Essay: Postcards from Mexico Essay
9- Reading Mini Lesson: Literal and Figurative
10- Reading: Squids Will Be Squids
Assignment: Squids Will Be Squids Reading Journal
11- Writing: Closure

12- Inferences, Poetry, Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 21
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 21
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 21
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 21
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 22
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 22
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 22
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 22
3- Grammar: Subject/Verb Agreement
Quiz: Subject/Verb Agreement
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Inferences
Essay: Inferences
5- Reading: A New School Day
Worksheet: A New School Day
6- Reading: Poetry
Worksheet: Poetry
7- Reading: Poetry Continued
8- Reading: Dogku
Assignment: Dogku Reading Journal
Assignment: Dogku Recording
9- Reading: Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars
Assignment: Comets, Stars, The Moon and Mars Journal
10- Writing: Poetry
Assignment: Write Your Own Poem
11- Speaking and Listening: Poems
Assignment: Poem Recordings

13- Visualize, Fables, Arrow to the Sun
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 23
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 23
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 23
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 23
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 24
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 24
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 24
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 24
3- Grammar: Subject/Antecedent Agreement
Quiz: Subject/Antecedent Agreement
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Visualize
Assignment: Visualizing
5- Reading and Writing: Morals, Central Message, and Fables
Handout: The Tricky Wolf and the Rats
Handout: Brainstorming Lessons
6- Reading: Aesop’s Fables – The Frog’s Rule
Worksheet: The Frog’s Rule
7- Reading: Arrow to the Sun
Assignment: Arrow to the Sun Reading Journal
8- Reading: An Arabic Fable
Worksheet: An Arabic Fable
9- Writing: Organizing A Story or Fable
Handout: Lessons and Morals Graphic Organizer
10- Writing: My Fable
Assignment: My Fable

14- Root Words, Illustrations, My Rows and Piles of Coins
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 25
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 25
Assignment: Vocaublary Words Lesson 25
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 25
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 26
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 26
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 26
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 26
3- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Root Words
4- Grammar: Prefixes and Suffixes
Worksheet: Prefixes and Suffixes
5- Grammar: Contractions
Quiz: Contractions
6- Reading: Wishes on the Sidewalk
Worksheet: Wishes on the Sidewalk
7- Reading Mini Lesson: Illustrations
8- Reading: My Rows and Piles of Coins
Assignment: My Rows and Piles of Coins Reading Journal
9- Writing: Topic and Main Idea
Essay: Topic and Main Idea

15- Written Vs Spoken Language, Willow or Rufus the Scrub
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 27
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 27
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 27
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 27
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 28
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 28
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 28
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 28
3- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Written vs. Spoken
4- Grammar: Comparative and Superlative
Quiz: Comparative and Superlative
5- Reading: Owls
Worksheet: Owls Assignment
6- Reading: Willow or Rufus the Scrub Does Not Wear a Tutu
Assignment: Willow or Rufus Reading Journal
7- Writing: Develop A Topic
Essay: Develop a Topic

16- Choosing Words, Text Connections, First Day in Grapes
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 29
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 29
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 29
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 29
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 30
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 30
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 30
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 30
3- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Choosing Words
4- Grammar: Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions
Quiz: Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions
5- Reading Mini Lesson: What Good Readers Do – Text Connections
Assignment: Camping Text Connections
6- Reading: First Day in Grapes
Assignment: First Day in Grapes Reading Journal
7- Reading: Climax of a Story
Worksheet: Jack the Giant Killer
8- Writing: Writing a Mystery
Assignment: Writing a Mystery

17- Simple/Compound Sentences, Temporal Words, First Kid on Mars/Dinosaur in Your Backyard
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 31
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 31
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 31
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 31
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 32
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 32
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 32
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 32
3- Grammar: Simple and Compound Sentences
Quiz: Simple and Compound Sentences
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Skimming a Story
Handout: A Day at the Store
Worksheet: Skimming
5- Reading: Sports, Sports, Sports
6- Reading: You Are the First Kid on Mars or Dinosaurs in Your Backyard
Assignment: Mars or Dinosaur Reading Journal
7- Writing: Temporal Words
Essay: Temporal Preposition Writing

18- Word Families, The Secret Cave, Writing Dialogue
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 33
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 33
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 33
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 33
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 34
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 34
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 34
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 34
3- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Word Families
Quiz: Word Families
4- Grammar: Using Quotation Marks
Assignment: Family Dinner Quick Write
5- Reading: At the Shore
Worksheet: At the Shore Comprehension
Worksheet: At The Shore Reading Strategies
6- Reading: The Secret Cave
Assignment: The Secret Cave Reading Journal
7- Writing: Dialogue
Assignment: A Story with Dialogue

19- Parts of Speech, Creating a Story, Rosa
1- Vocabulary Words Lesson 35
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 35
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 35
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 35
2- Vocabulary Words Lesson 36
Handout: Vocabulary Words Lesson 36
Assignment: Vocabulary Words Lesson 36
Assignment: Spelling Words Lesson 36
3- Grammar Review: Parts of Speech and Their Functions
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Comparing Points
Handout: The Tricky Wolf and The Rats
Handout: The Three Fishes
Handout: Compare and Contrast Two Stories
Quiz: Parts of Speech
Assignment: Compare and Contrast Two Stories
5- Reading: Rosa
Assignment: Rosa Reading Journal
6- Reading: Honey
Worksheet: Honey
7- Speaking and Listening: Bees
Worksheet: Bees
8- Writing: Create a Story
Assignment: Create a Story
9- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

20- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation