RL.3.3 Lesson Plans

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3

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"Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events."

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

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Character Traits
Character Traits
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Character Traits
What makes a character special? Their traits, of course. With help from The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, students will enjoy completing character maps and learning about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Keeping Good Character
Keeping Good Character
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Keeping Good Character
This reading and writing lesson also helps students develop empathy. After paying attention to the main character's responses in Victoria and Elizabeth Kann's *Purplelicious*, students will relate her experiences to their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Character Traits
Identifying Character Traits
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Identifying Character Traits
What's your "it"? This lesson incorporates Tony Dungy's You Can Do It! into some hands-on activities that help students learn about different character traits.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fairy Tales: Character Traits
Fairy Tales: Character Traits
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Fairy Tales: Character Traits
In this literary lesson, students use fairy tales to practice identifying character traits. Students are challenged to justify their reasoning using text based support.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Calling All Characters!
Calling All Characters!
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Calling All Characters!
Come one, come all! In this lesson, reading and writing are intertwined as students determine a character's traits from the character's actions. Reading extends into creative writing as students imagine what a character might do next.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Picture Puzzlers
Picture Puzzlers
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Picture Puzzlers
Make your students into storytellers with this lesson where they will learn how to make complete stories of their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Action! Students Create Reader's Theater
Action! Students Create Reader's Theater
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Action! Students Create Reader's Theater
Students will have a blast turning a reading passage into a Reader's Theater skit. This lesson teaches them to use dialogue to help readers understand the experiences of different characters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Character Cards
Character Cards
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Character Cards
Real people and characters in stories show who they are by their words and actions. Help students make the connection between a character trait and the words or actions that support it by using Character Cards.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Characters Change Just Like We Do
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Change is inevitable, even for story characters! In this lesson, your students will determine how a character changes throughout a story by focusing on the character’s dialogue and actions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Bun Bun Button Character Traits
Bun Bun Button Character Traits
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Bun Bun Button Character Traits
In this lesson, you will read the heartwarming story of Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco to your class. Students will then use their own reading skills to describe the two main characters in the story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Give your students the opportunity to explore the perspectives of different characters by using the "Circle of Viewpoints" Visible Thinking Routine from Harvard's Project Zero.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Look for the Clues
Look for the Clues
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Look for the Clues
What the character will do next? Designed to teach students the skill of predicting characters’ actions, this lesson guides students to use clues and evidence from the text to make their predictions. Let’s follow those clues!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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We’ve Got a Problem!
We’ve Got a Problem!
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We’ve Got a Problem!
What’s the problem? Teach your students to identify the problem and solution in a piece of fiction.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elements of a Story
Elements of a Story
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Elements of a Story
In this interactive lesson, your students will learn to identify four elements of a fictional story: characters, setting, problem, and solution.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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How Do You Solve a Problem?
How Do You Solve a Problem?
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How Do You Solve a Problem?
Some problems are easy to fix, while some are more complicated. Use this lesson to teach your students to identify the characters’ attempts in a story to solve problems.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Choosing Character Traits
Choosing Character Traits
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Choosing Character Traits
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn character traits and find them in a text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Identifying Character Traits lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Character Traits in Fairy Tales
Character Traits in Fairy Tales
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Character Traits in Fairy Tales
As your learners identify physical and internal character traits, make sure they provide evidence. Use this as a stand alone lesson, or as a pre-lesson for the Fairy Tales: Character Traits lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Evidence of Character Changes
Evidence of Character Changes
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Evidence of Character Changes
Create conversations about character changes! Use this lesson plan as a stand-alone lesson for practicing sequencing words in evidenced-based claims about a character, or before the Characters Change Just Like We Do lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Characters and Dialogue
Characters and Dialogue
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Characters and Dialogue
Help your ELs identify the characters and their dialogue in a story. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Action! Students Create Reader’s Theater* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Describe Character Actions in Order
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Describe Character Actions in Order
Use this lesson to teach your students to describe the characters' actions using the basic sentence structure of subject + verb + object. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *How Do You Solve a Problem?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Verbs that Show Character Action
Verbs that Show Character Action
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Verbs that Show Character Action
Use this lesson to teach your students how to identify character actions with verbs. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Look for the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Reader's Theater: Read the Script
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Reader's Theater: Read the Script
Did you know that Reader's Theater promotes fluency and builds students' reading confidence? Use this lesson to inspire your students to practice reading and understanding text in the drama genre.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Sub Plans for Third Grade
Sub Plans for Third Grade
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Sub Plans for Third Grade
Planning for a substitute in the classroom has never been easier than with this third grade, week-long sub packet! Your substitute can supercharge learning with lessons about how we are all connected that will educate and inspire students!
3rd grade
Math
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Tree of Cranes
Tree of Cranes
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Tree of Cranes
This winter-themed lesson plan, which incorporates the book *Tree of Cranes* by Allen Say, teaches students about Japanese traditions and customs. They will review the basic elements of a narrative story, and then write their own narratives about a special event or moment in their life.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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