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Rooted in Reading 3rd Grade: January {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’ve got lesson plans, reading activities, crafts, and printables that focus around a read-aloud story each week. 

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!

Want to know more? Check out below!

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Books needed for this unit:

  • The Polar Bear Son by Lydia Dabcovich
  • Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • I Wonder Why Penguins Can’t Fly and Other Questions About Polar Lands by Pat Jacobs
  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco

Comprehension Focuses:

  • Synthesizing
  • Interaction of Characters
  • Character Analysis
  • Character Dialogue
  • Compare and Contrast Stories by the Same Author
  • Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • Nonfiction Text Features

Grammar Focuses:

  • Possessive Nouns
  • Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Nonfiction Text Features
  • Adverbs and Adjectives

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

  • The Inuit People
  • Chinese New Year
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Arctic Explorers

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:

  • Identifying Facts
  • Comparing Characters
  • Making Inferences
  • Reading Dialogue
  • Main Idea and Details
  • I Can Synthesize
  • Notetaking
  • Character Traits

Anchor Charts- The templates for the charts are included:

  • Chinese New Year Facts
  • Let’s Look at Richie
  • Learning About the Inuit People
  • I Can Synthesize
  • Let’s Learn About Polar Explorers
  • Character Interaction
  • Talking About Main Idea and Details


  • Vocabulary Cards and Definitions
  • Student Vocabulary Sheet
  • Spin a Word
  • Match a Word
  • Flapbook
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Assessment

Art and Writing:

  • Polar Bear Directed Drawing
  • Northern Lights Art Activity
  • Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Project
  • Richie Craft
  • Richie Directed Drawing
  • Trisha Directed Drawing
  • Narwhal Craft and Writing

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.



  • Order and Comparing with adjectives
  • Which Adjective? Scoot
  • Four in a Row
  • Flapbook
  • Assessment


  • A Snowflake of Words
  • Adverb or Adjective Scoot
  • Polar Bear Pawprint
  • Wintry Words: Adjectives and Adverbs Sort
  • Assessment


  • Correct and Incorrect Sort
  • Booklet
  • Interactive Notebook Entry
  • Possessives Flapbook
  • Assessment


  • Finding Those Text Features Booklet
  • Name that Text Feature Match
  • Text Feature Scavenger Hunt
  • Text Feature Flapbook
  • Text Feature Assessment
  • Nonfiction Text Features Paper Bag Booklet

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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