RI.3.1 Lesson Plans

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

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"Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers."

Our Take: While reading, third graders should ask and answer the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, why. Kids practice this skill through both fiction and nonfiction reading comprehension exercises.

These lesson plans can help students practice this Common Core State Standards skill.

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Informational Text: Citing Evidence Like a Detective
Informational Text: Citing Evidence Like a Detective
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Informational Text: Citing Evidence Like a Detective
Get your magnifying glasses—it’s time to play text detective. In this lesson, students will learn the importance of reading comprehension and making inferences while learning to correctly label the 5 Ws within a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Activist Heroes
Activist Heroes
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Activist Heroes
Fully adaptable, this lesson can be used to to highlight African American leaders, famous women, veterans, or any other group of individuals who have acted heroically and have positively influenced our nation!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading About Our Rights
Reading About Our Rights
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Reading About Our Rights
Let’s read about our rights! In this social studies and language arts lesson, students learn about the Bill of Rights and participate in some fun writing activities.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Piecing Together U.S. Cities
Piecing Together U.S. Cities
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Piecing Together U.S. Cities
Let’s travel across the United States! In this city-themed lesson that integrates reading and social studies, students explore the culture and history of the cities in the United States.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Branching Out About the Government
Branching Out About the Government
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Branching Out About the Government
In this “leafy” lesson, your students will participate in a class project that shows the actions of the three branches of government. Using a close read, students will learn about the very specific actions of these branches.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Who Was Alvin Ailey?
Who Was Alvin Ailey?
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Who Was Alvin Ailey?
In this lesson, students will use an informational text passage to ask and answer questions. Using biographies, your students will learn about two famous figures in history.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
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Exploring Author's Purpose and Point of View
We aren’t mind readers, but we can still figure out why the author wrote a text and what an author thinks about the topic! This lesson will teach your students the main purposes for writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Color Coding Nonfiction Text
Color Coding Nonfiction Text
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Color Coding Nonfiction Text
Jazz up your nonfiction reading and add a little color! Use this lesson with your students to teach them to cite text evidence as they answer questions by color coding.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Evidence as a Statement
Evidence as a Statement
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Evidence as a Statement
Teach your students to explain details in a text by using declarative sentences. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Color Coding Nonfiction Text* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Use this lesson to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy he left behind. With a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, students will show understanding by organizing information on a graphic organizer.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Black Revolutionaries: Malcolm X
Black Revolutionaries: Malcolm X
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Black Revolutionaries: Malcolm X
This lesson teaches kids all about Malcolm X and how his childhood influenced him to become one of America's most well known, controversial, and revolutionary figures. First kids will listen to a read-aloud authored by Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and then they will write an informative paragraph.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Who Is Mae Jemison?
Who Is Mae Jemison?
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Who Is Mae Jemison?
Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut to enter space! Use the Who Is Mae Jemison? lesson plan to get to know this prominent scientist and entrepreneur. Students will read about Mae and then answer questions about her.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
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Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois
This lesson plan teaches kids about W.E.B. Du Bois through video and a short informational text. Students will compare/contrast their findings and create a poster in small groups showing what they learned.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
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Leaders in the Journey to the 19th Amendment
Use this lesson to teach your students about the lives of 10 important leaders during the suffrage movement. Children will read a picture book that highlights 10 leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women. Children will then work in groups to research and learn more about these inspiring women who dreamed big and never gave up. Finally, students will share their findings with the rest of the class.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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