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CKLA Grade 3 Skills: Unit 7--What in Our Universe?

Subject English Language Arts — Language, Reading Foundational Skills, Reading Standards for Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Writing
Grade Level Grade 3
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Focus: In Unit 7, students continue to build skills in spelling, grammar, and morphology. In addition through their Student Reader, What’s in Our Universe, they build a greater understanding of the universe and the celestial bodies within it. At the end of the unit, students apply note-taking skills and their knowledge of the qualities of strong paragraphs to write a research paper on a topic about astronomy.

Number of Lessons: 15

Lesson Time: 50–80 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.

Individual Resources: Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, Student Reader, Vocabulary Cards, Vocabulary Image Cards

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Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful).

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