3rd Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts
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Unit 1: Animal Habitats
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Grade Level: 3rd
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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• realize all living things interact with each other to survive
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Meaning
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Enduring Understandings:Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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• organisms have adaptations to survive in certain habitats
• different environments support a diversity of organisms that share limited resources
• How do changes in a habitat affect the organisms living there?
• Why are the habitats important to us? Why should we protect them?
• What needs are essential for organisms to survive?
• What does it take to survive in life?
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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be able to...
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• there are various types of questions to obtain specific information
• context clues can be used to determine meaning
• one part of a story builds upon another
• good readers uses the following strategies: predict, infer, summarize, question, evaluate, monitor, clarify
• there are various types of questions to obtain specific information
• elements of an informational summary include: topic main ideas and supporting details
• context clues can be used to determine meaning
• informational texts features include: title, heading, caption, photographs, glossary, index, maps, table of contents, tables
• informative and explanatory texts include facts about a specific topic
• an expository piece is organized using prewriting strategies to plan written work
• research is used to obtain information about a topic
• various forms of writing
• appropriate audience and speaker roles in discussions or presentations
• the difference between relevant and irrelevant information
• appropriate questions to ask the speaker
• the components of speaking fluently and clearly
• when it is appropriate to use the five parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs)
• appropriate conventions of writing
• the correct spelling of third grade high-frequency words
LITERATURE
• asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of a text
• determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
• referring to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms, such as chapter, scene, and stanza
• reading and comprehending literature at grade three text complexity
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
• asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of a text
• determining the main idea and supporting details of a text
• determining the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases relevant to third grade
• using text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic
• distinguishing their own point of view from that of the author of a text
• using information gained from illustrations and words in a text to demonstrate understanding
• reading and comprehending informational text at the third grade level
FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS
• applying decoding strategies to read unknown words
• reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
WRITING
• writing informative and explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas
• producing writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose
• developing and strengthening writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing
• conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic
• writing routinely for extended and short time frames for a variety of purposes
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
• engaging in discussions in a multitude of settings
• determining the main idea and supporting details of information / text read aloud and presented in various ways
• asking and answering questions about information from a speaker
• speaking clearly when reporting on a topic or a text
• speaking in complete sentences
LANGUAGE
• demonstrating usage of the conventions of standard English grammar when writing or speaking
• explaining the function of the five parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs)
• forming and using regular and irregular plural nouns and verbs
• using abstract nouns
• forming and using simple verb tenses
• ensuring subject-verb and pronoun antecedent agreement
• forming and using comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs
• using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
• producing simple, compound, and complex sentences
• demonstrating conventions, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
• capitalizing appropriate words in titles
• using commas in addresses
• using commas and quotation marks in dialogue
• forming and using possessives
• spelling high frequency and content related words
• adding suffixes to base words
• using spelling patterns and generalizations in writing words
• using reference materials to check spelling
• using knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
• acquiring and using grade level conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases

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