3rd Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the language arts and language arts extensions, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to third grade language arts are also provided.

Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

Third grade language arts is organized into two large sections:

  1. Language Arts – 197 Activities
  2. Language Arts Extensions – 157 Activities

Language Arts Lesson Plan – 3rd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 197

The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of synonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the same thing, in reading.
The student will demonstrate knowledge by determining the meaning of antonyms from grade level appropriate vocabulary, by correctly choosing a given word or phrase that means the opposite, in reading.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the prefix of the root word or how the prefix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to analyze and determine the correct meaning of a word, based on the suffix of the root word or how the suffix is used in the context of a passage.
The student will be able to identify and select the appropriate homophone or word that sounds the same, based on the context of a passage which fits the best meaning of the given word or phrase.
The student will be able to identify and analyze the author’s use of idioms, based on the context of a passage and how these expressions are used in literal and interpretative information.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with extensive scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with scaffolding and support, through think aloud prompts.
Use the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying to independently read and comprehend texts with minimal think aloud support.
Use knowledge, information, and ideas from literary or expository texts to make inferences about the text (e.g., make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, and infer sequence of events.
Identify the main idea(s) or theme(s), distinguishing them/it from supporting details in a literary text.
Develop summaries or paraphrase information from literary or expository text containing context clues.
Identify characters and compare and contrast characters within a literary text.
Identify and describe the setting(s) in a literary text
Identify plot by using story elements including the main problem and solution.
Identify the main idea(s) using the supporting details in an expository text.
Students will be introduced to variations in language, specifically how common phrases like “spilled the beans” can have nonliteral meanings.
Students will understand some variations in language, specifically how common phrases like “penny pincher” can have nonliteral meanings, and that digital texts have specific features, like hyperlinks.
Students will be introduced to the concepts of shades of meaning, point of view, and context clues. They will apply these skills when reading two authentic nonfiction texts, “Homesick” and “Wall of Wonder”.
Students will review shades of meaning, point of view, and context clues. They will apply these skills when reading an authentic nonfiction text, “Cats versus Dogs: Who makes a better friend?”
Students will review shades of meaning, point of view, and context clues. They will apply these skills when reading an authentic nonfiction text, “Food Fight.”
Identify and use knowledge of the author’s purpose to comprehend the writing of a literary or expository text.
Read and interpret charts and graphs.
Compare and contrast characters, settings, ideas, information and/or plot within a text or between two or more genre sources (literary or expository) that include figurative language such as similes.
Students will be introduced to scientific vocabulary and high utility academic words. Main idea and details will be reviewed before students compare and contrast these elements in two nonfiction texts.
Students will be introduced to scientific vocabulary and high utility academic words. Main idea and details will be reviewed before students compare and contrast these elements in two nonfiction texts.
Students will be introduced to scientific concepts, high utility academic words, and root words. Students will compare and contrast the main ideas and details in two nonfiction texts about ice.
Identify literary or expository text that is organized in sequential/chronological order using words (first, next, last, then, finally, etc.) or phrases (to begin with, in addition to, etc.).
Distinguish between fact and opinion in an expository text.
Identify and distinguish between cause and effect in expository and literary texts.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of comprehension skills on grade level appropriate literary and expository passages, with questions that simulate a high-stakes assessment.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery, and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic Caldecott-winning fictional literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.
The student will learn thematic content through discovery and achieve comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary. Authentic fiction literature is included.
Through a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application, the student will practice language arts skills.

Language Arts Extensions Lesson Plan – 3rd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 157
Use a variety of cues (such as prefixes, suffixes, root words, multiple meanings, antonyms, and synonyms) to recognize words.
Use various reference materials, including a dictionary, an encyclopedia, or a glossary to determine comprehension of words.
Demonstrate correct sequencing skills, including alphabetical, chronological, and numerical order, by using resources, such as a card catalog, encyclopedia, or telephone directory.
Construct a story map, graph, or chart to demonstrate understanding of written text in fiction and nonfiction.
Use critical, interpretative, and evaluative processes to demonstrate understanding of texts.
Explain inferences from texts, such as determining fact and opinion, cause and effect, fantasy and reality.
Demonstrate increased vocabulary and enhanced language use. Unit 1: Words from mathematics, including diagram, graphs, charts, tables, computation, operations, centimeter, geometric, patterns, and estimates.
Demonstrate increased vocabulary and enhance language use. Unit 2: Words from social studies, including geography, culture, democracy, citizenship, government, chronology, political, historical, economics, and immigrant.
Demonstrate increased vocabulary and enhanced language use. Unit 3: Words from science, including pulley, friction, condensation, evaporation, data, energy, interpretation, exploration, physical properties, and vertebrae.

Chapter Test: Reading Comprehension – Extension

Demonstrate ability to use the terminology character, setting, and, plot and to know the similarities and differences with each term.
Identify literary terms, such as title, author, playwright, illustrator, act, scene, dialogue, and style.
Identify major themes across literary works.
Identify cause-and-effect relations in a variety of literary texts.
Understand the defining characteristics of a biography and an autobiography.
Understand the defining characteristics of fiction, and read the novel Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary.
Understand the defining characteristics of fairy tales, and read a fairy tale selection.
Understand the defining characteristics of myths, and read a selection from Norse mythology.
Demonstrate understanding of the meanings of the following common sayings and phrases: ”actions speak louder than words,” ”beggars can’t be choosers,” ”when in Rome do as the Romans do,” ”a feather in your cap,” and ”rule the roost.”

Chapter Test: Cause & Effect – Extension

Review and correctly use a period in simple and compound sentences.
Review and correctly use question marks to end sentences.
Correctly use exclamation marks in interjections and exclamatory sentences, such as ”Hey!” and ”What a big boy you are!”
Uses conventions of punctuation (comma in a series, dates, and addresses; quotation marks to indicate dialogue; apostrophes to indicate singular possession; periods in abbreviations).
Correctly use apostrophes in contractions and possessives.
Identify and correctly use nouns and proper nouns in simple and complex sentences.
Identify and correctly use pronouns in simple and complex sentences.
Identify and correctly use verbs in simple and complex sentences.
Identify and correctly use adjectives in simple and complex sentences.
Identify and correctly use adverbs in simple sentences.
Recognize the following parts of speech: interjections, conjunctions, and prepositions.
Identify and use the following sentence types: declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory.
Identify and use the following sentence types: declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory.
Identify subject and predicate in single-clause sentences.
Use established punctuation and grammatical conventions when writing a letter.
Identify and use singular forms of regular nouns.
Identify and use plural forms of regular nouns.
Use principles of agreement between subject and verb, noun and pronoun.
Edit others’ writings by using the established conventions of punctuation and grammar.

Chapter Test: Grammar – Extension

Knows and applies rules of spelling compound words such as everything, butterfly, and outside.
Knows and applies rules of spelling. Words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings (homonyms/homophones); such as flower/flour, tale/tail, peace/piece, break/brake.
Consistently apply rules of spelling. Unit 9: Contractions; 20 words in which an apostrophe takes the place of one or more letters, such as that’s, haven’t, and you’ll.

Chapter Test: Conventions of Spelling – Extension

Demonstrate the ability to listen effectively and respectively. Understand how to ask appropriate questions, how to paraphrase to confirm comprehension, and how to respond to comments and questions from the speaker.
Demonstrate the ability to listen and to respond to a variety of oral presentations (including stories, dramas, and informational reports).

Chapter Test: Speaking and Listening – Extension

Use a variety of strategies to prepare for writing (lists, story maps, webs, group related ideas, and graphic organizers).
Demonstrate understanding of the elements of a paragraph by using a topic sentence and supporting sentences in a main idea.
Use the steps of the writing process (plan, draft, write, revise, edit, print, and share) to write a letter to a friend.
Write a fictional short story using the steps of the writing process.
Write a response to literature by using the steps of the writing process.
Write an informational report using the steps of the writing process.
Write a poem using the steps of the writing process.
Understand the use of a variety of reference materials to gather information to write research reports, such as a dictionary, an encyclopedia, texts, maps, charts, and photos.
Writes for a variety of occasions, audiences and purposes (letters to invite or thank, poems or stories to entertain, information to record).

Chapter Test: Writing Skills – Extension

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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