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



Calling all 3rd Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block and improve reading comprehension!  Rooted in Reading for 3rd Grade is a set of lesson plans and activities that focus around a read-aloud story each week with everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We include nonfiction readers, vocabulary, assessments, crafts, printables and so much more! 

Here’s how it works. 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!

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Books needed for this unit:

  • When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

Comprehension Focuses:

  • Inferences and Conclusions
  • Mental Imagery
  • Autobiography
  • Retelling the Story
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Folktales
  • Writing a Summary
  • Mood
  • Mood and the 5 Senses

Grammar Focuses:

  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Commas in Dates and Addresses
  • Compound Words
  • Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Nonfiction Readers (displayable version and printer friendly version for students)

  • Noteworthy Women (African American Women)
  • Investigating Insects
  • Mardi Gras
  • Book Awards

But wait, there’s more!

  • 4 Fiction Reading Passages
  • 4 Nonfiction Reading Passages
  • 4 Comprehension Assessments that ask questions about the weekly read-aloud and comprehension focus

Interactive Notebook Entries:

  • Note-taking
  • Retelling the story
  • Providing Text Evidence
  • Folktale Elements
  • Comparing Autobiography and Biography
  • Mood and Music
  • Mood and 5 Senses

Anchor Charts- The templates for the charts are included:

  • Mood: Making Inferences
  • Making and Supporting Inferences
  • Noteworthy Women
  • Let’s Summarize
  • Elements of an Autobiography
  • Retelling the Story
  • Incredible Insects
  • Mardi Gras


  • Vocabulary Cards and Definitions
  • Student Vocabulary Sheet
  • Roll a Sentence
  • What’s the Word: Definition Scoot
  • Synonym Match
  • Vocabulary ABC Order
  • Assessment

Art and Writing:

  • Marian Anderson Directed Drawing
  • Martina the Cockroach Craft
  • Mardi Gras Mask
  • Directed Drawing for Last Stop on Market Street

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.


Commas in Addresses and Dates:

  • Digital Posters
  • Commas in Dates Flapbooks
  • Addressing an Envelope
  • Are the Commas Correct SCOOT
  • Where Oh Where Interactive Notebook
  • Marian Anderson’s Timeline


  • Digital Posters
  • Possessive Pronoun Pocketbook
  • Possessive Pronoun Scoot
  • Pick a Pronoun Interactive Notebook
  • Make a Sentence
  • Assessment


  • Digital Posters
  • Compound Word Pocketbook
  • Compound Word Flapbook
  • Find the Compound Word Scoot
  • Racing Through The Alphabet with Compound Words Game
  • Compound Words Assessment


  • Digital Posters
  • Preposition Interactive Notebook
  • Moving Martina Preposition Activity
  • A Parade of Prepositions Game
  • Find the Preposition Scoot
  • Preposition Assessment


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