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Rooted in Reading 3rd Grade: April {Read Aloud Lessons and Activities}



3rd grade teachers, are you looking for something to transform your ELA block? Rooted in Reading is a set of lesson plans and activities that focus around a read-aloud story each week. The teacher reads the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more. Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before. All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS. This can be used as a stand alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum. You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students! Want to know more? Check out below!

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Books needed for this unit:
The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
What REALLY Happened to Humpty by Jeanie Ransom
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Book of Animal Poetry by J. Patrick Lewis
*Please Note: Our Week of Poetry is formatted a little different. We focus on comprehending poetry, analyzing poetry, responding to poetry, and poetic devices*

Comprehension Focuses:
Characteristics of a Genre: Elements of a Mystery
Central Message
Persuasive Text
Structure of Poetry
Referring to Parts of a Poem When Writing
Nonfiction Text: Cause and Effect
Nonfiction Text: Use info gained from pictures
Nonfiction Text: Main Idea

Grammar Focuses:
Sensory Language
Poetic Devices: Alliteration, Personification, Imagery, Similes, Metaphors
Complex Sentences

Nonfiction Readers (displayable version and printer friendly version for students)
Amazing Animals
The World’s Rainforests
A Walk Down Memory Lane
The Trimates

But wait, there’s more!
3 Fiction Reading Passages
3 Nonfiction Reading Passages
3 Comprehension Assessments that ask questions about the weekly read aloud and comprehension focus
Analyzing Poetry

Anchor Charts- The templates for the charts are included:
How Did the Animals Persuade
Elements of a Mystery
Cause and Effect with Scenario CArds
The Tree Lady Cause and Effect
Peeking at Poetry: Poetic Devices

Vocabulary Cards and Definitions
Student Vocabulary Sheet
Graphic Organizer
Three in a Row
Read the Definition
Interactive Notebook Entry

Art and Writing:
Sloth Directed Drawing
Jaguar Directed Drawing
Frilled Lizard Craft
Detective Boy and Detective Girl Directed Drawing
Cause and Effect Shovel Booklet

Daily Deep Dive: Each week we take a sentence from the book to do a daily deep dive! Students have daily activities to complete in their spiral. These activities will focus on the meaning and structure of the sentence.

Poetic Devices:
During the week of poetry, we will NOT have vocabulary. Our focus will be solely on understanding poetry and poetic devices.
Poetic Devices Digital Posters: Imagery, Alliteration, Personification, Similes, Metaphors with poetry examples from the book
Poetic Devices Response Strips for each focus
Imagery Activity: An Unforgettable Animal Madlib
Personification Activity: Is it an example of personification? Yes or no Scoot
Alliteration Activity: Animal Flapbook
Simile Activity: Simile Match
Simile Activity: I Am Poem
Poetic Devices Match

Digital Poster for Idioms
Idiom Cards with Idioms found in the book AND common idioms
Idiom Flap-Ups
Idioms Graphic Organizer
Matching Idioms (2)
My Idiom Booklet
Idiom Assessment

Sensory Language:
Sensory Language Digital Posters (6 Total: 1 overview poster, sight, sound, touch, taste, smell)
Sensory Language Word Sort
Sensory Language Scoot
Sensory Language Flap-Book
Sensory Language Student Booklet
Sensory Language Assessment

Complex Sentences:
Digital Posters for: Simple Sentences, Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences (3 posters for Complex Sentences: Dependent Clause, Independent Clause/ Independent Clause Dependent Clause/ Subordinating Conjunctions
Simple, Compound, Complex Flap-Ups: Label the Sentence and Determine the type
Subordinating Conjunctions Flap-Ups: Create Complex Sentences
Simple, Compound, Complex Scoot
Putting Complex Sentences Together
Complex Assessment

Rooted in Reading Units:
Check out the BUNDLE here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading BUNDLE
Check out our August Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading AUGUST
Check out our September Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading SEPTEMBER
Check out our October Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading OCTOBER
Check out our November Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading NOVEMBER
Check out our December Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading DECEMBER
Check out our January Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading JANUARY
Check out our February Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading FEBRUARY
Check out our March Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading MARCH
Check out our April Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading APRIL
Check out our May Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading MAY

Find our Binder Covers and Spines here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading Binder Covers and Spines

Here is our COMPLETE Book List and Year Overview: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading Book List and Overview


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