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June 16, 2023 CL Lesson Plans , ELA K-5 , ELA Focus - Reading , ELA 6-8 , ELA Resources - Activities , Core Literacy

Printable reading comprehension lesson plans for grades 3–6, by: erin lynch.

Download the 4-Day Cinderella Compare & Contrast Lesson Plan now!

Comprehension Skills & Strategies

Although there are many building blocks of effective reading, the ability to comprehend text is the ultimate goal of reading instruction. Comprehension ensures our students are acquiring knowledge from the texts they are reading! When students comprehend a text they can:

Evaluate and discuss ideas, events, and information about the text

Apply and extend these ideas to real-life situations

Apply and extend these ideas to other texts

Determine and remember the most important points in the text

Read "between the lines" to understand underlying meanings

Types of Reading Comprehension Strategies

Types of Comprehension Strategies – Download a student-friendly version of the seven core reading comprehension strategies that can be added to students’ reading binders and/or journals.

Download a student-friendly version of the seven core reading comprehension strategies that can be added to students’ reading binders and/or journals.

The Seven Core Reading Comprehension Strategies Tip Sheet includes the following strategies:

  • Creating a Visual
  • Making a Connection
  • Questioning
  • Determining Importance
  • Synthesizing
  • Noticing the Author's Craft

Free Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans

In my four-day reading comprehension lesson plans, students will learn or review various reading strategies using multiple texts. Each unit teaches students how to increase their understanding of a topic using the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model: I do (the teacher provides explicit instruction and/or modeling), We do (the teacher and the students practice together), and You do (the students independently practice skill). Download each of the reading comprehension lesson plans now!

The ability to compare and contrast is an important reading strategy for students to learn. Comparing and contrasting improves comprehension by highlighting important details, making abstract ideas more concrete, and reducing confusion between related concepts.

You can use a four-day compare and contrast lesson plan using Cinderella stories to help students in Grades 3 and up to hone their skills.

For those of you unfamiliar with the different versions of Cinderella , here's a bit of background knowledge. It is thought that the original Cinderella story is the Chinese version entitled “ Yeh Shen .” Next came the French version of Cinderella, by Charles Perrault (this is the also story that Disney’s Cinderella is based on). After Perrault's “Cinderella ,” the Brothers Grimm wrote a version in German.

Using these Cinderella stories, you and your students will create Comparison Charts, Venn Diagrams, T-charts, and Webs that show the similarities with and differences between the Cinderella stories in order to gain a deeper understanding of each book.

5 Free Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans – You can use a four-day compare and contrast lesson plan using Cinderella stories to help students in Grades 3 and up to hone their skills.

One higher-level thinking skill that all our students need is the skill of generating questions while reading, listening, or viewing. The ability to ask mental or verbal questions spurs their critical thinking and analytical responses.

It’s also important that students can differentiate between a “thin question,” where only one answer is correct because the answer is directly stated in the text, versus a “thick question,” where several answers can be correct because it is asking for an opinion that is supported with text evidence. The “thick questions” give more students an opportunity to participate in the discussion, which should lead to a deeper understanding of the text.

Use a four-day lesson plan to help students in Grades 3 and 4 learn or review the strategy of questioning using multiple texts.

5 Free Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans -Use a four-day lesson plan to help students in Grades 3 and 4 learn or review the strategy of questioning using multiple texts.

Good readers constantly try to make sense of what they read by seeing how it fits with what they already know.

Activating prior knowledge is an important reading strategy that empowers students to be able to independently comprehend a text. It also serves as a confidence booster for those struggling students that typically give up before even trying.

Use a four-day lesson plan to help students learn or review the strategy of activating prior knowledge using multiple texts.

5 Free Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan - Use this four-day lesson plan to help students learn or review the strategy of activating prior knowledge using multiple texts.

The point of view is the manner in which a story is told. A novel’s point of view is the narrator’s perspective. It directs how the story will unfold and influences the tone of the book. In order to fully understand a book, students must be able to identify the narrator’s point of view.

Use a four-day lesson plan to help students learn or review point of view. With this lesson plan, students will compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts of Ruby Bridges’ experiences as the first African American to attend what was once an all-white school.

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Symbolism allows authors to communicate beyond the limits of language. A symbol is a person, place, or object that stands for something beyond itself.

In this four-day lesson plan, students will learn or review the concept of symbolism using multiple texts. This unit teaches students that symbolism is an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning using the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model. 

5 Free Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans -Symbolism allows author's to communicate beyond the limits of language. A symbol is a person, place, or object that stands for something beyond itself.  In this four-day lesson plan, students will learn or review the concept of symbolism using multiple texts. This unit teaches students that symbolism is an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning using the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model.

More Comprehension Lessons & Resources

Download a Point of View Overview Mini-Unit that will assist you in exploring each type of point of view in your classroom! This mini-unit is written as six lessons, but depending on the level and ability of your students you may want to spend several days working on each type of point of view.

Download a Point of View Overview Mini-Unit that will assist you in exploring each type of point of view in your classroom! This mini-unit is written as six lessons, but depending on the level and ability of your students you may want to spend several days working on each type of point of view.

When reading a novel with students, giving them “focus questions” that they need to answer after reading the chapter to check for understanding helps them pay attention to the key elements. Use the seven core comprehension strategies to guide this questioning. Students need to read the “focus question” before reading the chapter, which of course focuses their thinking and encourages active reading. By using the core comprehension strategies as part of these questions it ensures that readers will also be utilizing the core strategies while reading.

Available for download are core comprehension questions based on a long-time favorite novel for both adults and children Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

Available for download are core comprehension questions based on a long-time favorite novel for both adults and children Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

Help your students gain a deeper understanding of the book The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin with chapter strategies and guided questions. As students read this coming-of-age novel, they will have a different reading strategy to focus on during each chapter.

Help your students gain a deeper understanding of the book The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin with chapter strategies and guided questions. As students read this coming of age novel, they will have a different reading strategy to focus on during each chapter.

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18 Third Grade Reading Comprehension Activities Your Students Will Love

Build crucial literacy skills with these fun activities

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Third grade is the year students switch from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” meaning that when they are on grade level they have the skills to read text on their own and learn from it. The third grade reading block has less instruction in phonics and sight words, and more time reading and learning from text. By now, students also have reading preferences and opinions about everything they read which means they can engage in discussion and even analysis.

Use these reading comprehension activities to help students make the transition to “reading to learn,” and bring them to the next level. 

1. Create anchor charts together

Help third graders move towards independence by creating anchor charts that they can refer to as they read. Some anchor charts to create:

  • Questions to ask while reading,
  • How to retell a paragraph or story,
  • Reading fix-up strategies like Read, Cover, Remember, Retell, and
  • Types of nonfiction and key words for each type.

Learn more: Reading Comprehension Anchor Charts

2. Teach graphic organizers

three venn diagram examples

Third graders are starting to read more complex text. Teach them how to use graphic organizers, like these Venn diagrams, to get the most out of each text. First, they check out the text and decide which graphic organizer they need. If it’s a text that is comparing two topics, they’d use a Venn diagram. Then, they complete the graphic organizer while reading. They can refer to the graphic organizer after they read when they’re writing or discussing text.

Learn more: Venn diagram printables and Summary graphic organizer printable .

3. Build a Comprehension Cootie Catcher

Remember how to fold a cootie catcher? You can turn these into reading comprehension tools by writing questions on each section of a folded cootie catcher. Include questions about character, plot, setting, problem, solution, and their opinion of what they read. Then, after each chapter or silent reading time, students can quickly pair up and use the cootie catcher to ask each other questions.

4. Practice determining importance

Have you ever asked a student to summarize a story, only to hear them include every little detail? Or maybe they only retell a small part of the text, excluding important characters or events. These readers need to be able to discriminate between what is and what isn’t important in a story or text. To do this, have students write the details from a text on strips of paper. Then, they put each detail through a “funnel” to determine its important. The detail only stays if it is one of the most important. This forces students to evaluate each detail against the main idea and ask the question: if this detail wasn’t included would meaning of the text change? 

5. Play a round of Roll and Retell

Set up a roll and retell. Create six questions, either open ended questions that can be asked about any text (What was the main idea, etc) or questions about a specific text. Assign each question a number 1-6. Students either work with a partner or independently to roll a di and choose the question that matches the number they rolled.

6. Activate background knowledge

Third graders have a lot of knowledge, from books they’ve read and experiences they’ve had. That background knowledge can help them understand what they read. So, teach them what background knowledge is and how to use it. A KWL (Know, Want to know, Learned) chart is a classic way to engage kids’ background knowledge as they complete the Know column. 

7. Build knowledge with current events

graphic organizer with space for what, where, when, how, why for third grade reading comprehension activity

Today’s third graders are living in a world of information, so the question is how to engage them in new information, like news articles, without overwhelming them. Help them build background knowledge one article at a time, and use graphic organizers to help them organize and analyze what they’re learning. A graphic organizer, like this one, also helps them focus on the most important information in a text. 

Learn more: Current event worksheets. 

8. Text feature scavenger hunt

third grade text feature scavenger hunt with questions

Third grade text expands the type of text features students will see. As they’re learning text features, use this text resource and connected scavenger hunt to introduce students to common text features. 

Learn more: Text feature scavenger hunt. 

9. Focus on predictions and inferences

predictions and inferences graphic organizer

Making predictions and inferring is a key skill for third grade. Model how to make inferences, using information from the text combined with your own knowledge to infer what the author is trying to communicate. Start by using wordless picture books to describe what students notice, then add their own ideas to make a prediction or inference. 

Learn more: Predictions and inferences printable . 

10. Make a connections paper chain

Good readers make connections as they read. First, have students write the connections they make (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world) on a strip of paper. Next, students fold the strips to create a chain of connections. Links can be added as you read through a longer text, or read new texts. 

11. Use story maps

Story maps give students a framework to record their thinking before, during, and after reading. From the beginning-middle-end map to the rollercoaster, help students organize what they read and learn story grammar with story maps. 

12. Summarize with signal words

Teach students to be on the look out for signal words, like “first,” “next” and words that answer questions who, what, where, how and why. Then, have students mark where they see these words as they’re reading. After they read, they can return to their sticky notes and record the information they noted. They create a summary using their notes. 

13. Play question ball

beach balls for third grade reading activity

Write different questions for students to answer about the book they are reading with a marker on a beach ball. Make sure questions hit on different elements such as character, problem and solution, setting, connections, and predictions. Then, throw the beach ball. Students answer the question they see when they catch it. 

Buy it: Set of beach balls for less than $10 at Amazon.

14. Nonfiction relay race

When you have a fidgety class, kinesthetic activities are the way to go. Set up a comprehension relay race. Break students into teams and head to the gym or outdoors. Set up a racecourse, for instance 100 yards marked off by flags or one lap around the track. The first student on each team will run the course, and once they return, and before the next student in line can run, they must repeat one fact they learned from the reading or answer a question about what they’re reading. The first team to have all runners complete the course wins.

15. Book character day

Kids love Book Character Day! It gives them a chance to show how much they know about one of their favorite story characters. Students dress as a character and are ready to answer questions. Set aside time for each student to tell their classmates about the character they chose and why.

Learn more: Book characters every child should know.

16. Retell with rocks

plate filled with stones that students can paint for third grade reading comprehension activity

Retelling still applies in third grade. Have students retell a story using pictures they’ve painted on stones to create a path from start to finish.

Buy it: Set of paintable rocks for less than $15 at Amazon.

17. Make a game show

Questions are a key reading skill for students to master. Create a Jeopardy-style game show of comprehension questions to help students practice answering questions. For more complex questions, have students talk about the answer before they respond. You can use Kahoot to set up the game, or one of the many alternatives.  

18. Track thinking with sticky notes

Teach third graders the start of annotation by teaching common annotation marks: 

  • Lol means this is a funny part
  • An asterisk (*) means this is important 
  • ! means this is surprising
  • A heart indicates that hte reader liked this part
  • ? means that they have a question or that this is confusing. 

Have students place mini-sticky notes with each annotation mark on their text to show their thinking as they read. 

Buy it: Small sticky-notes for less than $5 at Amazon. 

19. Be a word detective

word detective worksheet for third grade reading comprehension activity

Before you read, choose up to five words that are unfamiliar to most of your students. Then, as they read, have students find these words and try to infer the meaning by reading around the word. If they can’t infer the meaning, or to check their definition, have them look up the word in a dictionary. 

Learn more: Vocabulary worksheets .

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Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for 3rd Grade Classes!

by Studentreasures | Dec. 6, 2021 | Classroom Activities

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Reading comprehension is the ability to process and understand the meaning of text. It is a foundational skill that children should learn from an early age. The more your students read a wide variety of texts, the more their reading comprehension skills increase. With enough practice and guided instruction, your students will become proficient at parsing information from text, reading complex and multifaceted stories, and understanding more advanced literary techniques, such as symbolism.

It is nearly impossible to learn without first establishing a stable foundation of literacy. Literacy is essential to navigating everyday life, whether your students are in elementary school or college, or they are ready to enter the workforce and take on the challenges of adult life. Reading comprehension is critical, and you should begin to develop your students’ skills as early as possible. You can use the following lesson plans and strategies to help you do so!

Build Reading Comprehension BEFORE Reading

Foreshadow your next book.

You can tap into your students’ prior knowledge and build their curiosity about new topics by teaching them to anticipate what they’re going to learn and read about. Before beginning a new class reading book, you should discuss some of the key concepts and themes presented in the text.

HOWEVER, do this before you reveal to them that you are even going to begin reading a new book. When your class does start reading the book, your students will already have a foundational understanding of some of the book’s concepts, and they can relate the story back to the previous lesson. Some of your observant students might even catch on to your strategy!

The Big Question!

You can prepare your students for your upcoming book by starting with an essential question that will guide future discussions about the reading. This question will allow you to assess your students’ prior knowledge and help you prepare for any potential knowledge gaps that may come up during the reading.

In our previous blog post , we came up with a story concept where a princess decided she wanted to inject some adventure into her life by becoming a pirate. If you and your third graders were to read this story, the “big question” you might present to them before delving into the text could be, “Why would a princess become a pirate?” Coming up with answers to this open-ended question can help your third graders build their reading comprehension muscles.

For example, one of your students might hit the nail right on the head and say, “the princess thought being a princess was boring, so she decided to sail the seas in search of adventure and treasure.” On the other hand, another one of your students might go in a totally different direction and say, “a group of pirates kidnapped a princess, but the princess became friends with the pirates, and the pirates decided to let her join their crew.”

Both answers are equally sound, and neither is wrong! The point of this exercise is not to guess the plot of the story but to make inferences and flex those creative muscles . When your class reads the story, your students can reflect on their answers to the “big question” and draw connections between their answers and the story itself.

This activity teaches students how to make inferences, a crucial skill. It also shows students that sometimes, there is an infinite number of answers to a single question, and authors can explore similar story concepts in vastly different ways.

Comprehension-Building Activities During Reading

Class reading.

Third-grade students are still building their literacy skills, and some students are more proficient at reading than others, so you can’t expect your entire class to be able to read and comprehend more complex texts written for older students. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t expose your students to these (relatively) complicated texts.

Listening to someone else read a text out loud can be just as beneficial as reading it yourself, and this is especially true for younger students. Choose a novel that is slightly more challenging than the books your students are reading. Don’t go too overboard (you don’t need to read War and Peace or anything like that!), but a fifth-or-sixth-grade-level novel should do the trick.

Read this novel to your students for perhaps thirty minutes a day over the course of a few weeks. This read-aloud exposes your students to more complicated writing that they may not be familiar with.

Of course, read-alouds are most effective if you engage in regular classroom discussions. Once a week (try Fridays), form a class discussion or put your students in small groups to discuss the sections of the novel you read that week. These activities help familiarize your students with difficult material that would be too challenging for them to read on their own. Encourage them to ask questions while reading, as this will further build their reading comprehension skills .

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Reading out loud.

Reading out loud helps students absorb information in a different way. It’s easy, especially for children, to become distracted while reading, and reading out can help them stay on track. Reading out loud is slower and more deliberate than reading silently, helping students focus on the meaning and importance of each sentence instead of simply going through the motions.

We recommend that you require your students to read their books silently in class, and they can read their books out loud at home. Otherwise, your classroom will become too loud, and your students will probably have a tough time focusing. You may need some assistance from parents, who can ensure that your students read their books out loud at home.

Once again, follow-up discussions are crucial if you want to build your students’ reading comprehension skills . You and your students must deliberate on the events and characters in the book if you want them to start making connections and understand the text at a higher level.

Read in Chunks

Reading in chunks can help young students digest novels, books and text more effectively. We established earlier that reading slowly and deliberately makes it easier to understand and interpret higher-level reading, and reading in chunks takes things a step further. Reading a particular chunk of text multiple times with the intention of highlighting interesting and important details helps students develop close reading and critical thinking skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Assigning your students a short story to read and having them highlight essential details and summarize the main idea of each paragraph could make for an excellent homework assignment. This assignment teaches students the importance of absorbing all the information present in a text so they can fully understand the main idea and plot of the story.

Students who struggle with finding the meaning of longer texts can significantly benefit from this reading comprehension activity . It allows them to absorb information and plot details one chunk at a time!

Learning Buddies

One of the best ways to hold students accountable is to build accountability into the learning process, and one of the best ways to do that is to establish groups of students that hold each other accountable.

When you introduce a new book or topic, give your students a starting point—like the cover of the book or some questions about the general topic—and then have the groups of students discuss their thoughts with each other. You could also set a timer and have your students take breaks when the timer goes off to discuss story events and plot points with their groups.

Student Book Clubs

Student-led book clubs are an excellent way to build reading comprehension skills ! Some students are more vocal than others, and these students might love the opportunity to lead book clubs and help their fellow classmates! A great way to do this is to establish open-ended discussions at designated points in the story, such as every four or five chapters.

Your book clubs can talk about significant plot points, characters and interactions and make predictions about upcoming story events. You can get your students excited about these book club discussions by treating them as fun, casual activities. You could even bring in some fun treats to entice your students to read every chapter since these book club discussions won’t occur terribly often.

Throw the Story Ball

Reading comprehension can be a challenge when little bodies need to move! Turn that challenge into an opportunity by taking time to check your students’ knowledge using an inflatable beach ball. Simply tape cards onto the beach ball that contain both specific and open-ended questions about the book your class is reading.

Then, have your students toss and bounce the beach ball around while you play music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the ball has to read and answer the first question they see. This is a great activity to get everyone moving before going back to independent reading.

Post-Reading Activities to Build Comprehension Skills

Retelling charts.

This fun activity uses a chart listing different elements of a narrative (characters, setting, conflict, solution, etc.) to help students retell a story. You can do this activity as a class by calling on students to fill in one of the categories, having each student fill it out by themselves or doing a combination of both.

Have each of your students fill out the chart, and then you can go over the chart with the entire class, calling on students to fill out specific information. The third option allows students to come up with their own answers and hear their peers’ answers, giving them additional insight they may not have come up with on their own. You can use this activity to get all your students on the same page if some of them are confused about some aspects of the text.

Story maps are graphic organizers used to help your students identify the elements of a story. Encourage your students to get creative and draw actual maps that chart out when and where significant story events take place and when different characters enter and exit the story. These can be simple maps that only chart the main plot events, but you could also offer extra credit if your students go above and beyond and include additional details like character traits .

This project is a perfect candidate for a classbook project . You can compile all of your students’ maps into a single book and publish it! Classbooks are excellent keepsakes, and you can use them as examples for future classes!

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Find the Quotation

This activity is perfect for when your students are reading their own books. After a silent reading session, give your students a prompt and challenge them to find a quotation from their book that relates to the prompt. The class can vote on who they think provided the best quotation.

This is a perfect reading comprehension activity because it requires students to delve into the meaning of specific quotes and relate those meanings to a prompt. Plus, you can incentivize them to do well by providing small rewards for the winners!

Sketch and Tell

This variation on show and tell requires students to read a specific portion of a book or text, draw a quick sketch about it and write a few sentences explaining what the sketch and section are about. Your students can present their drawings to the class, or you can publish them in a classbook !

Talking about the book your class is reading is an excellent way for students to build their reading comprehension, but many students get flustered or lose track of what they want to talk about when they have to get up and talk in front of others. Encourage them to compose their thoughts using topic cards before getting up to speak, so they can stay on track and make sure to get all their words out in the correct order.

While it’s important to answer questions on the fly, it’s just as beneficial for students to plan out what they are going to say in advance and present information in a (slightly) more formal way instead of simply saying the first thing that comes to mind. Many people, even adults, fear public speaking, so introducing public speaking strategies to your students early in their academic careers can help prepare them for future speeches and presentations.

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There’s nothing more exciting for both you and your students than turning them into published authors . Reading and reading comprehension are more difficult for some students than others, but a classbook provides a tangible reward that your students can look forward to! Classbooks are perfect for any assignment that requires your students to write and draw illustrations.

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3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

The 3rd grade reading comprehension activities below are coordinated with the 3rd grade spelling words curriculum on a week-to-week basis, so both can be used together as part of a comprehensive program, or each part can be used separately. The worksheets include third grade appropriate reading passages and related questions. Each worksheet (as well as the spelling words ) also includes a cross-curricular focus on earth science, physical science, history, social sciences, mathematics and life sciences. This allows students to build their reading comprehension skills and reinforce knowledge in other subject areas. There are 36 weeks of third grade worksheets, following most standard school year calendars.

Be sure to check out all of our reading comprehension worksheets .

Adapting to Survive

Adapting to Survive

Week 10 Reading Comprehension (C-10). A passage about how living things have certain adaptations that allow them to survive. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

An Independent Nation

An Independent Nation

Week 35 Reading Comprehension (C-35). Reading segment about the time leading up to U.S. Independence. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Classifying Triangles

Classifying Triangles

Week 17 Reading Comprehension (C-17). Passage and questions about equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Community Connections

Community Connections

Week 26 Reading Comprehension (C-26). A passage about our communities and the interactions we have with other people. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Competing for Resources

Competing for Resources

Week 13 Reading Comprehension (C-13). A reading passage that describes how plant and animals compete for limited resources. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Converting Energy to Motion

Converting Energy to Motion

Week 2 Reading Comprehension (C-2). A passage and questions about how energy can be stored and converted. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Displaying Data

Displaying Data

Week 23 Reading Comprehension (C-23). A reading segment describing the use of data to make graphs. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Elements and Atoms

Elements and Atoms

Week 7 Reading Comprehension (C-7). Reading passage describing the relationship between elements and atoms. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Estimation

Week 25 Reading Comprehension (C-25). A passage and comprehension questions about using estimation on math problems Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Evaluating in Math

Evaluating in Math

Week 3 Reading Comprehension (C-3). A reading passage and questions about the meaning of “Evaluate” when it is used in mathematics. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Forms of Matter

Forms of Matter

Week 1 Reading Comprehension (C-1). A reading passage and comprehension questions about the different forms of matter. Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Galileo and His Telescope

Galileo and His Telescope

Week 19 Reading Comprehension (C-19). A story about the origins of Galileo’s telescope Cross-Curricular Focus: Physical Science.

Geometric Shape Names

Geometric Shape Names

Week 15 Reading Comprehension (C-15). A reading passage and questions about how geometric shape names use number prefixes. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Habitat Destruction

Habitat Destruction

Week 12 Reading Comprehension (C-12). A short passage about human impact on plants and animals. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

In danger of Extinction

In danger of Extinction

Week 14 Reading Comprehension (C-14). A passage about the Koala and how it faces possible extinction. Cross-Curricular Focus: Life Science.

Kinds of Angles

Kinds of Angles

Week 18 Reading Comprehension (C-18). A description and comprehension questions about the different types of angles. Cross-Curricular Focus: Mathematics.

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

Week 29 Reading Comprehension (C-29). A brief passage about a location’s resources, climate and terrain affect livability. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Making Predictions

Making Predictions

Week 22 Reading Comprehension (C-22). A comprehension passage about using predictions before reading. Cross-Curricular Focus: Study Skills.

National Symbols

National Symbols

Week 27 Reading Comprehension (C-27). Reading passage about our national symbols like the flag and bald eagle. Cross-Curricular Focus: History / Social Sciences.

Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon

Week 16 Reading Comprehension (C-16). Reading comprehension passage about the different phases of the moon. Cross-Curricular Focus: Earth Science.

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Free 3rd-Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Download these FREE 3rd-grade reading comprehension worksheets and use them in class today! These PDF worksheets are designed for readers at a grade 3 level and include both fiction and non-fiction passages. Each passage is engaging without being overly complex and is followed by five reading comprehension questions designed to help students practice extracting and interpreting information from texts.

Worksheet 1: Main Idea (Non-Fiction)

Title: a journey through the rainforest, worksheet 2: sequence of events (fiction), title: lucy’s first soccer game.

This next reading comprehension worksheet is a fictional passage about a girl named Lucy’s first soccer game. Students should read the passage and answer the questions on the next page. The questions aim to help students understand the sequence of events in the story.

Worksheet 3: Cause And Effect (Non-Fiction)

Title: from seed to sunflower, worksheet 4: character analysis (fiction), title: charlie the brave little rabbit.

This fictional reading passage is a bout a brave rabbit named Charlie. Students are asked to read the passage and answer the reading comprehension questions on the next page. These questions aim to encourage students to analyze Charlie’s character based on his actions and decisions.

Worksheet 5: Comparing and Contrasting (Non-Fiction)

Title: polar bears and penguins, more reading comprehension worksheets.

I hope you and your students enjoy these 3rd-grade reading comprehension worksheets. Before you go, check out all our many reading comprehension worksheets on a variety of topics. As always, these are FREE to use in your lessons.

Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan: Using Context Clues

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students will use BrainPOP resources to learn about context clues and practice using context clues as a reading comprehension strategy.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:.

  • Use context clues as a comprehension strategy to determine the meaning of unknown words.

Lesson Procedure:

  • Talk with students about the strategies they used to figure out what each word means. Guide students to understand that using the other words in the sentence to help figure out an unknown word's meaning is called using context clues.
  • Play the Context Clues movie for the class and talk with students about the strategies Tim explained.
  • Pass out copies of the Graphic Organizer . Explain to students that as they conduct their reading assignment for the day, they will record five unknown words on the chart and the meaning of those words that they infer based on context clues. Provide time for students to read independently or in pairs and complete the graphic organizer.
  • Allow students to use dictionaries or online dictionaries to check and record the meaning of their words. How accurate were their guesses? Can they now identify additional clues in the surrounding words that might have been helpful? Was it impossible to use context clues to find the meaning of any of the unknown words? What other reading comprehension strategies could be used instead?
  • Tell students they will now have the chance to create a passage with an unknown word for a partner to figure out. Instruct students to make up a word and place it within the context of 2-3 sentences. Then have students trade papers with a partner and try to use context clues to figure out the meaning of the made-up word.

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Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan for Grade 3/Year 4 (Ages 8 – 9)

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Lesson Title: “A Journey Through the Rainforest”

Phoenix Home Ed - Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan for Grade 3/Year 4 (Ages 8 - 9) - A Journey Through the Rainforest

Duration: 60 minutes

Learning Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting details of a text that describes rainforests. Students will also compare and contrast different rainforests around the world.

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9

Focus: Key Ideas and Details; Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Materials Needed:

  • A non-fiction text about rainforests, such as “The Great Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry or informational texts found in children’s science magazines or library books

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  • Rainforest photos or illustrations
  • Rainforest facts worksheet
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Venn Diagram worksheet
  • Pencils and erasers

Lesson Procedure:

Introduction (10 minutes): Start with showing photos or illustrations of different rainforests around the world. Ask students what they know about rainforests and what kind of plants and animals they expect to live there. Introduce the book or text they will be reading, providing some context about rainforests’ importance to Earth’s ecosystem.

Guided Reading (20 minutes): Read the selected text aloud to the students, pausing to discuss key ideas, ask comprehension questions, and clarify difficult vocabulary terms related to the topic of rainforests (e.g., biodiversity, canopy, understory). During reading, prompt students to think about the main idea of each section.

Detecting Main Idea and Details (15 minutes): After reading, engage students in a discussion about the main idea of the text. What message does the author want us to take away? Have them identify key details that support this main idea. Use chart paper to write down students’ responses related to the main idea and supporting details.

Venn Diagram Comparison (10 minutes): Provide a Venn Diagram worksheet for each student. Have them work in pairs to compare and contrast two different rainforests mentioned in the text based on climate, biodiversity, location, or any other relevant criteria. Facilitate by walking around and assisting any groups that need guidance.

Creative Wrap-Up (5 minutes): Invite students to share one fact they found interesting about rainforests during today’s lesson. To wrap up, give each student a “Rainforest Facts” worksheet for them to take home and complete as homework. This sheet will reinforce what they have learned during class by having them identify additional facts about rainforests not covered in the lesson.

Closing: Summarize what was learned during class and remind students how important it is to understand diverse ecosystems like rainforests. For next class, tell students they will be presenting interesting facts from their homework assignments in small groups.

Evaluation:

Assess students’ Venn Diagrams for understanding of comparing and contrasting skills. Review their participation in discussion for oral comprehension assessment. Check ‘Rainforest Facts’ worksheets for understanding of key ideas when they are turned in.

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A 9-Week Unit Plan for Beginning of the Year Reading Skills for Grade 3

Start your year off with this fully guided 9-week unit of reading skills lesson plans, aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards for Grade 3. Each reading skills lesson plan contains day-by-day plans, activities to improve reading skills, read aloud suggestions, I Can statements, and guided and independent practice prompts. This easy to use reading skills kit will help any 3rd grade teacher begin the year right!

What's Included In This Unit Plan

For the teacher:.

  • A complete back to school reading skills unit with 9 weeks' worth of lesson plans for Grade 3
  • Lesson plans include read aloud suggestions, engaging activities, whole group activities, guided and individual practice prompts, and a sharing activity
  • Ready-to-print activities to improve reading skills that correlate with each reading
  • Aligned with Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Grade 3

For the student

  • Creative teaching ideas to support students in developing their reading comprehension skills
  • Comprehension activities for 3rd grade - designed to be carried out independently, either as a whole class or in groups
  • Assessment sheet for monitoring and assessing students’ skills and knowledge for each unit

What You'll Find Inside

Week 1 – beginning of the school year reading activities (pages 3-10).

  • First Day of School Questions
  • Reading Survey
  • How to Treat Others Anchor Chart
  • My Wish List Scavenger Hunt
  • Book Review Prompts

Week 2 – Reading Assessments (pages 11-17)

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  • “Right There” Questions
  • “Beyond the Text” Questions
  • Open-Ended Question
  • Running Records Form
  • Reading Goal-Setting

Week 3 – Questioning: Asking and Answering Questions (pages 18-22)

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  • Asking and Answering Questions

Week 4 – Making Predictions (pages 23-31)

  • Making Predictions Definition and Sentence Starters
  • Making Predictions Printable Chart
  • Predicting Events
  • Evaluating Predictions
  • Whole Group Predictions
  • Independent Predictions

Week 5 – Characters and Their Traits (pages 32-40)

  • Physical Characteristics Drawing Sheet
  • Character Traits List and Examples
  • Introducing Character Traits
  • Finding Character Traits
  • Character Change
  • Writing About Characters

Week 6 – Story Elements (pages 41-48)

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  • What’s the Problem? Prompts
  • Story Events Fill-In
  • Story Solution Prompts
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Week 7 – Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences (pages 49-57)

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  • Making Inferences Worksheet
  • Making Inferences About the Setting
  • Making Inferences About the Problem
  • Making Inferences About the Characters
  • Independent Inferences Passage and Prompts

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Week 9 – Theme (pages 63-71)

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Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds

Building Reading Comprehension Through Think-Alouds

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Studies have shown that the think-aloud strategy improves reading comprehension on tests. Through this lesson, the teacher will model the think-aloud strategy for students. Components of think-alouds will be introduced, as well as type of text interactions. Students will develop the ability to use think-alouds to aid in reading comprehension tasks.

From Theory to Practice

  • The intent behind the think-aloud lessons was to help students develop the ability to monitor their reading comprehension and employ strategies to guide or facilitate understanding.
  • Think-alouds require a reader to stop periodically, reflect on how a text is being processed and understood, and relate orally what reading strategies are being employed.
  • The think-aloud is a technique in which students verbalize their thoughts as they read and thus bring into the open the strategies they are using to understand a text.
  • This metacognitive awareness (being able to think about one's own thinking) is a crucial component of learning, because it enables learners to assess their level of comprehension and adjust their strategies for greater success.

Common Core Standards

This resource has been aligned to the Common Core State Standards for states in which they have been adopted. If a state does not appear in the drop-down, CCSS alignments are forthcoming.

State Standards

This lesson has been aligned to standards in the following states. If a state does not appear in the drop-down, standard alignments are not currently available for that state.

NCTE/IRA National Standards for the English Language Arts

  • 1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
  • 3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • 11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

Materials and Technology

  • Chart paper
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Selection of poems to use during modeling and class activities
  • Think-Aloud Interactive
  • Think-Aloud Rubric

Preparation

1. Create overhead transparencies of the poems you select to use for modeling and classroom activities.

2. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve one session in your school's computer lab.

3. Bookmark the on computers students will be using.

Student Objectives

Students will

  • Explore the use of the think-aloud strategy
  • Vocalize interactions with texts
  • Discuss connections between texts and previously acquired knowledge
  • Use various types of responses to interact with texts
  • Assess personal level of comprehension

Initiation — Present the term "think-aloud" to your students. Have them brainstorm what they think it might mean. Ask students to report how it might be applied to reading. Modeling — Model a think-aloud by presenting a poem on the overhead. As you read each line out loud to the students, stop and vocalize "thinking aloud" about the poem. Example — This is a think-aloud for the poem "Dream Variation" by Langston Hughes.

To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done.

[ I’m picturing a young girl with bare feet and a summer dress twirling in her front yard with her arms outstretched. ]

Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree

[ I'm picturing a large willow tree and sitting underneath it. Fireflies are blinking among the branches. ]

While night comes on gently, Dark like me—

[ I'm now going back to my original picture of the young girl and can add more detail to the image in my mind. I'm also thinking about the words "white day" and how they contrast with the words "night" and "dark." ]

That is my dream!

[ I think about how children's lives are so filled with dreams. This young girl seems to be free spirited and probably has many dreams. ]

To fling my arms wide In the face of the sun, Dance! Whirl! Whirl!

[ I once again see the image of the young girl twirling in her yard and how free she is...like she is flying. ]

Till the quick day is done. Rest at pale evening...

[ Hmmm...This poem includes several words that relate to color--white, dark, and pale. I wonder if the poet is trying to make a point about color. ]

A tall, slim tree... Night coming tenderly Black like me.

[ There is another color word--black. I think the poet has some kind of hidden meaning here but I'm not sure what it is. The poem seems to portray freedom. Maybe the title "Dream Variation" helps make this point. Is this poem about slavery and the only way to be free is in a dream? I think that I might want to look up some information about the author and the date that this poem was published. That might help me to understand it better. ] Model with student interactions — Model a second poem and ask for students to volunteer what they are thinking after each line or stanza. Record their responses on the transparency. Brainstorming — Ask students to recognize different types of responses from the two models of think-alouds. List these responses on chart paper. Responses can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Imagery/visual responses
  • Making connections to personal experiences
  • Making connections to other texts
  • Predictions
  • Stating understanding or confusion

Discuss how all of these responses can help students better understand/comprehend what they are reading.

Preparation — Type the list of think-aloud responses from Day 1 and distribute to each student at the beginning of class. Small group — Put students into groups of three or four. Distribute copies of a poem that is unfamiliar to each group. Direct students to read the poem and use the think-aloud strategy that was presented. Each group should record the types of responses that were used. Whole group — Have each group report the types of responses that were used. Record these on the chart paper from the previous lesson by placing tally marks next to the strategy. Make comparisons of what responses are used most commonly within the classroom. Computer lab — Have students use the Think-Aloud Interactive to practice using the think-aloud strategy presented. Follow-up activity — Discuss the types of responses that are used most often. Ask students what they could do to increase comprehension of a particular text. Explain how students can use the think-aloud technique to assess their comprehension of a text. Ask students what responses they could use to help them read their content area textbooks versus fictional literature.

Provide students with different types of texts to further explore and practice using think-alouds. Suggestions include short stories (fiction or nonfiction) and excerpts from content area texts. Students can work in either small groups or independently to read the selected text using the think-aloud strategy.

Student Assessment / Reflections

  • Observe students' uses of think-aloud strategy.
  • Review students' work on the Think-Aloud Interactive . Use the Think-Aloud Rubric to assess students' abilities to use various think-aloud responses to assist with comprehension.
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Unlocking Addition Within 1,000 Lesson Plan

Learn to add up to two 3-digit numbers using place value charts and counters in this interactive math lesson.

Dive into Addition Within 1,000 - Lesson Plan

Dive into Addition Within 1,000 Lesson Plan

Master addition within 1,000 using the compensation strategy. Simplify addends and change them into friendly numbers before adding. Engage in warm-up exercises, tasks on adding multiples of 100 and two 3-digit numbers, and a wrap-up.

Subtraction Lesson Plans

Mastering Subtraction within 1,000 - Lesson Plan

Subtraction Within 1,000 Power Lesson Plan

Master subtraction within 1,000 with this interactive math lesson.

Subtraction for Numbers up to 1,000 - Lesson Plan

Subtraction Dive: Numbers to 1,000 Lesson Plan

Master subtraction within 1,000 with this interactive math lesson. Explore strategies to fluently subtract and simplify problems. Get ready for a math adventure!

Mastering Subtraction Strategies - Lesson Plan

Mastery: Subtraction Strategies Lesson Plan

Master subtraction strategies with this interactive math lesson.

Multiplication Lesson Plans

Multiplication Facts of 2 and 5 - Lesson Plan

Multiply with Facts of 2 & 5 Lesson Plan

Discover the magic of multiplication with this interactive math lesson. Explore the facts of 2 and 5 through skip counting, arrays, and the commutative property.

Multiply with Ease Using Finger Models - Lesson Plan

Finger Models: Multiply with Ease Lesson Plan

Master multiplication facts of 4 and 6 with engaging finger model activities. Explore skip counting and visual representations for a deeper understanding.

The Magic of Arrays in Multiplication - Lesson Plan

Array Magic in Multiplication: A Learning Voyage Lesson Plan

Master arrays in multiplication with this engaging math lesson. Learn about equal groups, rows, and columns to unlock the power of arrays!

Dive into the Multiplication Facts of 7 and 9 - Lesson Plan

Multiplication with 7 & 9: A Deep Dive Lesson Plan

Uncover the secrets of multiplication with this engaging math lesson. Explore the facts of 7 and 9 using properties like commutative and distributive, and become a multiplication master!

Division Lesson Plans

Master Equal Sharing - Lesson Plan

Equal Sharing: Distribute, Divide & Thrive Lesson Plan

Master equal sharing and division in this interactive math lesson.

Relate Multiplication and Division - Lesson Plan

Relate Multiplication & Division Lesson Plan

Explore the connection between multiplication and division in this engaging math lesson.

Mastering Division Facts and Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Division Mastery: Facts & Problem-Solving Fun Lesson Plan

Master division facts and problem-solving skills with this interactive math lesson.

Mastering Division with Equal Groups - Lesson Plan

Equal Groups Division: Dive into Magic Lesson Plan

Master division using equal groups in this interactive math lesson.

Fractions Lesson Plans

Maste the Art of Comparing Fractions - Lesson Plan

Comparing Fractions Mastery Lesson Plan

Master comparing and ordering fractions with this interactive math lesson!

Identifying and Modeling Fractions - Lesson Plan

Fractions: Identification & Modeling Lesson Plan

Explore the world of fractions through interactive activities, modeling, and problem-solving. Develop a deep understanding of fraction identification and representation.

Learning the Magic of Fractions - Lesson Plan

Dive into Fraction Magic Lesson Plan

Master fractions with this interactive math lesson!

Dive into Equivalent Fractions - Lesson Plan

Dive into Equivalent Fractions Lesson Plan

Unlock the Power of Equivalent Fractions - A Visual Learning Adventure

Word Problems Lesson Plans

Mastering Multi-Step Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Multi-Step Word Problems Mastery Lesson Plan

Master multi-step word problems with this engaging math lesson!

Dive into Multiplication Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Multiplication Word Problem Dive Lesson Plan

Analyze and solve multiplication word problems with this interactive math lesson!

Model and Solve Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Word Problem Mastery: Model, Solve & Understand Lesson Plan

Master word problem comprehension with interactive activities. Understand addition, subtraction, and multiplication scenarios through models and equations.

Dive into Multiplication Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Dive into Multiplication Word Problems Lesson Plan

Enhance students' multiplication skills through engaging word problems. Develop problem-solving strategies and apply them to real-life situations.

Reading Lesson Plans

Word Wonders Unleashed - Lesson Plan

Word Wonders Unleashed Lesson Plan

An engaging lesson plan focused on enhancing vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Inference Insights: An Interactive Literary Analysis - Lesson Plan

Inference Insights: An Interactive Literary Analysis Lesson Plan

Learn to infer meaning from poems in this interactive lesson.

Perspective Explorers Point of View - Lesson Plan

Perspective Explorers Point of View Lesson Plan

Explore different perspectives with our interactive point of view lesson.

Reading Detectives Evidence Finding - Lesson Plan

Reading Detectives Evidence Finding Lesson Plan

Dive into an engaging journey of finding evidence in texts with 'Reading Detectives'.

Grammar Lesson Plans

Coordinating Conjunctions Carnival - Lesson Plan

Coordinating Conjunctions Carnival Lesson Plan

Dive into the exciting world of coordinating conjunctions with our interactive lesson plan!

Title Titans Capitalization - Lesson Plan

Title Titans Capitalization Lesson Plan

An engaging lesson plan focusing on mastering title capitalization.

Adjective Adventures with Leafel and Loko - Lesson Plan

Adjective Adventures with Leafel and Loko Lesson Plan

Explore the world of adjectives with Leafel and Loko in this interactive lesson.

Plural Nouns Powe Grammar - Lesson Plan

Plural Nouns Powe Grammar Lesson Plan

An engaging lesson plan focusing on mastering plural nouns through interactive games.

Vocabulary Lesson Plans

Connect the Dots: An Interactive Reading Comprehension - Lesson Plan

Connect the Dots: An Interactive Reading Comprehension Lesson Plan

A dynamic lesson plan focusing on enhancing reading comprehension through text connections.

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Articles Uncovered - Lesson Plan

Articles Uncovered Lesson Plan

Explore the world of articles with our interactive lesson plan!

Comparing Division Expressions with Ease - Lesson Plan

Dive into Division: Comparing Expressions Made Easy Lesson Plan

Master the skill of comparing division expressions with this engaging math lesson. Explore various scenarios and learn how to analyze and compare different division situations.

Dive into Division Strategies and Activities - Lesson Plan

Thrilling Division: Strategies & Activities Galore Lesson Plan

Explore division strategies through interactive activities. Learn to divide using the number line, equal grouping, equal sharing, and subtraction. Master division concepts with this engaging lesson!

Adverb Mastery Unleashed - Lesson Plan

Adverb Mastery Unleashed Lesson Plan

Learn about adverbs through engaging activities in this interactive lesson.

Multiply with Multiples of 10 - Lesson Plan

Multiply with Multiples of 10 Lesson Plan

Master multiplication with multiples of 10 in this interactive math lesson. Understand the concept of placing a zero at the end and apply it to solve problems.

Grammar Guardians: An Interactive Language Adventure - Lesson Plan

Grammar Guardians: An Interactive Language Adventure Lesson Plan

Embark on a grammar adventure with engaging activities.

Mastering Multiplication Facts - Lesson Plan

Multiplication Facts Mastery Lesson Plan

Master multiplication facts with engaging strategies

Fractions on the Number Line: Adventure - Lesson Plan

Fractions on the Number Line: Adventure Lesson Plan

Master fractions on the number line with engaging activities and tasks.

Multiplication Word Problems Dive - Lesson Plan

Multiplication Word Problems Dive Lesson Plan

Unleash your problem-solving skills with this interactive math lesson on solving multiplication word problems. Explore different strategies and learn how to apply them to real-life situations.

Decoding the Author's Purpose - Lesson Plan

Decoding the Author's Purpose Lesson Plan

Discover the purpose behind writing different texts in this engaging lesson.

Explore Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line - Lesson Plan

Explore Fractions on a Number Line Lesson Plan

Master equivalent fractions using number lines in this interactive math lesson.

Master Fraction Word Problems - Lesson Plan

Tackle Fraction Word Problems Lesson Plan

Master fraction word problems with this interactive math lesson!

Comparing Cheetahs & Cats - Lesson Plan

Comparing Cheetahs & Cats Lesson Plan

An engaging lesson on comparing and contrasting using a fun story.

Grammar Adventure: A Journey through Nouns & Verbs - Lesson Plan

Grammar Adventure: A Journey through Nouns & Verbs Lesson Plan

Embark on a fun-filled journey through the world of nouns and verbs!

Multiplication with Equal Groups - Lesson Plan

Equal Groups: Unlock Multiplication Lesson Plan

Explore the concept of equal groups in multiplication through engaging activities and strategies. Develop a solid understanding of skip counting, repeated addition, and multiplication expressions.

Fraction Comparison Journeys - Lesson Plan

Fractional Journeys: Compare, Learn & Succeed Lesson Plan

Master the skill of comparing fractions with this interactive lesson plan!

Main Idea Mastery: Lookie's Interactive Pizza Party - Lesson Plan

Main Idea Mastery: Lookie's Interactive Pizza Party Lesson Plan

Learn to identify main ideas and summarize with Lookie's Pizza Party!

Jungle Trip Adventure: An Irregular Plural Nouns Expedition - Lesson Plan

Jungle Trip Adventure: An Irregular Plural Nouns Expedition Lesson Plan

An exciting journey through the jungle to master irregular plural nouns.

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