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Our reading series is published by Houghton Mifflin. It is a comprehensive language arts program, which includes reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. We take an integrated approach to language arts, tying reading and writing closely together. Our goal is language development, both spoken and written. As the students progress in writing, basic sentence structure and punctuation appropriate for their level is emphasized. The children will learn to write formal paragraphs and eventually will write three paragraph essays. DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time is a time that is beneficial to language development. Students read independent reading selections silently during this time. For the most part, these books should be at your child’s reading lexile level. The third grade lexile range is 500-800.

Off to Adventure!
Stories:  Cliff Hanger, The Ballad of Mulan, The Lost and Found, Radio Rescue, Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride

Comprehension Skills
:  Cause and Effect, Predicting/Inferring, Making Inferences, Monitoring/Clarifying, Sequence of Events, Summarizing
Word Work Skills:  Base Words, Syllabication, Inflected Endings (-ed and -ing), ABC Order, Multiple-Meaning Words, Parts of a Dictionary

Reading-Writing Workshop:  Personal Narrative; The workshop for this theme focuses on the traits of voice and sentence fluency. When a piece has voice it sounds distinct, even unique.  It has personality.  Sentence fluency will improve if students learn to see alternative ways of writing the same sentence.

Focus on Genre:  Poetry
"Off to Adventure!" Links

Celebrating Traditions
Stories:  The Keeping Quilt, Grandma's Records, The Talking Cloth, Dancing Rainbows, Miss Rumphius, The Chinese New Year

Comprehension Skills
Author's Viewpoint, Evaluating, Categorize and Classify, Questioning, Noting Details, Summarizing, Topic/Main Idea/Details, Monitoring/Clarifying
Word Work Skills:  Compound Words, Plurals, Contractions, Word Families, Dictionary Guide Words, Rhyming Words, Dictionary Definitions
Reading-Writing Workshop: Instructions; The workshop focuses on the traits of organization and work choice.  Organization is arranging events in time order.  Word choice is using exact words to paint a picture about an experience such as eating dinner.
Focus on Genre:  Trickster Tales

"Celebrating Traditions" Links


Holidays of Light

Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa
(Last two weeks of December)
Holiday Links

Incredible Stories
Stories:  Dogzilla, The Mysterious Giant of B, Raising Dragons, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Fugitivies on Four Legs, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventure

Comprehension Skills:  Fantasy and Realism, Evaluating, Following Directions, Questioning, Drawing Conclusions, Predicting/Inferring, Story Structure, Monitoring/Clarifying
Word Work Skills:  Plurals, Word Endings (-er and -est), Suffixes (-y and -ly), prefixes (un-, bi-, dis-, mis-, and non-), Homophones

Reading-Writing Workshop: Story; The workshop for this theme focuses on the traits of ideas, conventions, and presentation. Ideas generate details and events.  Conventions and presentation are fixing writing errors such as spelling, nouns and verbs, etc. and presentation is the physical way the final paper looks.

"Incredible Stories" Links

Animal Habitats
Stories:  Night of the Pufflings, Seal Surfer, Two Days in May, Alejandro's Gift, The Living Desert
Comprehension Skills:  Fact and Opinion, Evaluating, Comparing and Contrasting, Summarizing, Making Judgments, Monitoring/Clarifying
Word Work Skills:  Syllabication, Parts of Speech, Word Endings (-ed and -ing), Multiple-Meaning Words, Prefixes (un- and re-), Suffixes (-ful, -ly, -er), Base Words

Reading-Wring Workshop: Research Report; The workshop for this theme focuses on the traits of organization, conventions, and presentation.

Focus on Genre:  Biography
"Animal Habitat" Links


Stories:  Across the Wide Dark Sea, Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip, Trapped By the Ice, The Island-Below-the-Star, A Wild Ride

Comprehension Skills:  Making Inferences, Questioning, Predicting Outcomes, Predicting/Inferring, Text Organization, Monitoring/Clarifying
Word Work Skills:  Suffixes (-less and -ness), Syllables, Possessives, Analogies, Homophones

Reading-Writing Workshop: Description;The workshop focuses on the traits of word choice and sentence fluency. 

Focus on Genre:  Fairy Tales
"Voyager" Links

Smart Solutions
Stories:  Pepita Talks Twice; Poppa's New Pants; Ramona Quimby, Age 8; Helen Keller: Sisters; Prairie School
Comprehension Skills:  Problem Solving, Evaluating, Drawing Conclusions, Predicting/Inferring, Making Generalizations, Summarizing
Word Work Skills:  Word Endings (-er and -le), Synonyms, Word Beginnings (a- and be-), Antonyms, Contractions

Reading-Writing Workshop: Persuasive Essay; The workshop for this theme focuses on the traits of ideas and voice. 

"Smart Solutions" Links


Other Literacy Sites
·       Book Adventure Search for books in your interests and at your reading level.
·        Lexile Analyzer Find out the reading lexile level of books you want to read.
·        Read, Write, Think – Use these interactive tools to improve reading and writing.
·        PBS Kids Learn more about your favorite PBS shows.
·        Fables from Aesop Watch these fable stories as they come to life!



Third Grade Book List
 Here are some suggestions of chapter books appropriate for third grade readers.  I encourage your child to read some of these books during the school year and over summer break.  They are great reads!

Chapter Books
  • Babe by E. B. White
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
  • Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Doggone . . . Third Grade! by Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna
  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • How to Be Cool in The Third Grade by Betsy Duffey
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • I was a Third Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch
  • In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. L. Lewis
  • The Littles by John Peterson.
  • The Mouse and The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Rent a Third Grader by B. B. Hiller
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  • Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary*  730 lexile
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coeur*  630 lexile
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson*  810 lexile
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner*  550 lexile
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements*  830 lexile
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor*  890 lexile
  * Chapter books that are scheduled to be read alouds this year.
Series Books
  • Amber Brown Series by Paula Danziger
  • American Girl Series
  • A to Z Mysteries Series
  • Bailey School Kids Series
  • Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Cam Jansen Series by David A. Adler
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Series by Donald J. Sobol
  • Fudge Series by Judy Blume (Superfudge, Fudge-A-Mania, etc.)
  • Horrible Harry Series by Suzy Kline
  • Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole
  • The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Marvin Redpost Series by Ron Roy
  • Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
  • Sports Book Series by Matt Christopher
  • The Third Grade Detectives Series by George E. Stanley