Third Grade - Unit 2

Exploring Our World    

Unit 2 LA Standards



Vocabulary #1   #2

Managing Student Work in Labs

Informational Questioning Stems

Literature (Narrative) Questioning Stems

 (6 Weeks)

   Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

        & Assessments

                     Instructional Activities

          Lesson Resources

1. What are myths?

This means I can retell myths from different cultures identifying themes, settings, plots, and lessons to be learned.

 -recount the central message, lesson or moral of


 -use chapters to locate parts of a story


 -compare and contrast myths

 -identify and describe characters and the central

  message or lesson in Myth

 -write an opinion piece describing the “most

  interesting” mythical character

 -retell myths with key details, noting the message

  of each

Myths From Around the World

American Myths

Myths In Chapters

Write a Myth

Listening Comprehension

Mythical Character Opinion Writing

Key Details of Myths

2. What are linking words?

This means I can use linking words in writing to connect ideas together logically.

 -list linking words by category

 -use linking words in writing

Linking Words

3. How do parts of speech help in writing?

This means I can use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs to strengthen my writing.

 -identify and use nouns, pronouns, verbs,

  adjectives, and adverbs to create simple,

  compound, and complex sentences


-use regular and irregular nouns in a sentence

 -understand, explain, and use  abstract nouns


-write a real or imaginative narrative

Suggested Texts

Suggested District DVDs

Parts of speech

Verb Shades of Meaning

Preparing students for Adjectives



Abstract nouns

Writing a Narrative

4. What are new capitalization and punctuation uses?

This means I can capitalize titles, use commas in addresses, and use commas in dialogue.

 -understand and write using capitals in titles


 -understand and write using commas in addresses


 -understand and write using dialogue and

  quotation marks in dialogue


Commas in Letter Writing

Dialogue and Quotations Marks 

Independent Narrative Writing

5. What are the meanings of affixes and how are they used?

This means I can explain the meanings of affixes and use them correctly in writing.

-identify and explain the meaning of common affixes

 -explain the meaning of comparative and

  superlative suffixes

Suggested Texts

Adding Affixes

Teaching Comparative and Superlative Suffixes

Shared Narrative Writing

“Words Their Way” Lessons

6. What are meanings of new words?

This means I can figure out the meaning of words and phrases.

 -distinguish between literal and non-literal


 -meanings of words and phrases, Idioms, and use

  them correctly  in speaking and writing

 -use context clues to determine meaning of

  multiple meaning words

 -use context clues to determine meaning of

  nonsense words and read poetry fluently

  (with prosody)

Suggested Texts


Context Clues and Multiple


Multiple Meaning Phrases


Utah State SOCIAL STUDIES Core Curriculum Standards 

Enduring Understanding: Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.

  • Objective 1: Determine the relationship between human settlement and geography
  • Objective 2: Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment.

Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

& Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resources

7. What are settlements and geography?

This means I can determine the relationships between human settlement and geography.

 -identify the geographic features common to areas

  where human settlements exist

 -use map features to make logical inferences and

  describe relationships between human settlement

  and physical geography  

 -compare the shapes and purposes of natural and

  human-made boundaries of cities, counties and


Human Settlements

Human Settlements and Geography UEN Lesson

Sarah Plain and Tall  & Relationship between Settlements & Geography

UEN Lessons


8. How do communities adapt to existing environments and/or  modify environments?

This means I can describe how various communities have adapted to existing ecosystems (environments) and how other communities have modified the environment.

 -describe the major world ecosystems

 -identify important natural resources of world


 -describe how communities have modified the

  environment to accommodate their needs

 -investigate ways different communities have

  adapted into an ecosystem

UEN Lessons


Ecosystems w/ Vocabulary, Adjectives/Adverbs, and Writing

Community Adaptations with Research Project

Shared Reading Ecosystems

Utah State SCIENCE Core Curriculum Standards  

Enduring Understanding: Students will understand that organisms depend on living and nonliving things within their environment.

Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

& Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resources

9. How are living and non-living things classified?

This means I can classify living and non-living things based on characteristics.

 -identify characteristics of living things

  (i.e., growth, movement, reproduction)

 -identify characteristics of non-living things

 -classify living and non-living things in an


-read a variety of texts about the sea

-compare and contrast underwater environments to our local environments

-compare and contrast poems and informational books about a single topic (e.g. oysters or drop of water)

-determine the main idea and supporting details of informational text

-research and report on a chosen subject (e.g., a favorite sea animal) and write an informational report on that chosen subject

Suggested Texts

UEN lesson

Characteristics of Living Things w/ text features, Vocabulary,  & Writing

Characteristics of Non-living Things & Vocabulary

Classify Living and Non-living Things & Writing

Living and Non-Living USOE text

Informational Texts

Underwater Environments

Compare and Contrast Poems/Informational Text

Compare and Contrast Picture books

Main Idea and Supporting Details

   Additional Resources