The Harvest Birds

01 Oct

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Written by Blanca Lopez de Mariscal
Illustrated by Linda Crane
Genre: Folktale 
Target Skill: Conclusions – use details to figure out ideas that the author doesn’t state 
Target Strategy: Infer/Predict
Essential Question: How can readers figure out the message in a story?
Big Idea: We communicate in many ways.
Commas in a Series

-Use a comma in a series of three or more nouns.
ex. Anne, Marie, and TJ do no like beets.
-Use a comma in a series of verbs, just as with nouns.
ex. The children talked, sang, and

Commas in a Series
Science Connection
Zanate birds


Harvest Birds Comprehension

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What Do Illustrators Do?

04 Sep

Illustrators do

Written and Illustrated by Eileen Christelow 
Genre: Informational Text
Target Skill: Text and Graphic Features – tell how words and art work together
Target Strategy:  Analyze/Evaulate – think about what you read and form an opinion about it
Essential Question: How do pictures tell you a story?
Big Idea: We communicate in many ways.

Guided Reading
Making Murals
Artists All Around You
Art in Caves

Social Studies Connection
Eric Carle



Verb Tenses

-Present Tense: verbs in the present tense either have an -s ending with a singular subject or do not have -s ending with a plural subject.
-Past Tense: verbs in the past tense have an -ed ending to show past time.
-Future Tense: verbs in the future tense use the helping verb will
ex. An illustrator creates pictures. Present
Illustrators create pictures.  Present
An illustrator created pictures yesterday
The illustrator will create a picture for the new
story.    Future
Verb tenses



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A Fine, Fine School

07 Aug




Unit 1 Lesson 1

A Fine, Fine School

A Fine, Fine School

Written by Sharon Creech
Illustrated by Harry Bliss
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Target Skill: Story Structure – name the setting, characters, and plot in a story
Target Strategy: Summarze – tell the important parts of the story in your own words


Target Skill: Story Structure
Characters: the people and animals in the story

Setting: when and where the story takes place

Plot: the order of story events

Problem: usually introduced at the beginning

Events tell how characters try to solve

              the problem.

Solution: the way a story’s problem is solved

              usually at the end of the story

Essential Question
How is learning at school different from learning at home? 

 The Oldest Schoolhouse in America


 One Room Schools


Subject and Predicates: Every sentence has two parts; a subject and a predicate.
The Subject of a Sentence:
   -A Sentence is a group of words that tells a complete thought. The subject is the part of a sentence taht tells whom or what the sentence is about.
   -The subject usually comes at the beginning of the sentence. The subject can be one word or more, than one word.
   -The complete subject includes all the words in the subject.
       ex. Our teacher loves school.
             All our desks are neat.
The Predicate of a Sentence:
   -The predicate is the part of a sentence that tells what the subject does or is.
   -The predicate can be one word or more than one word. The complete predicate includes all the words in the predicate.
        ex. The students walk to school.
              Billy is a happy student.

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Aero and Officer Mike

11 Apr

Written by: Joan Plummer Russell
Photos by: Kris Turner Sinnenberg
Genre: Informational text
Target Skill: Author’s Purpose – use text details to tell why an author writes a book
Target Strategy:
Summarize – tell the important parts of the text in your own words

Essential Question: Why do authors write different kinds of texts?
Big Idea: Facing a challenge helps us grow.
Pronouns-Verb Agreement
-A pronoun stands for a noun.
-Singualar pronouns (ex. he, she, or it), except I,
go with verbs that end in -s or -es
-Remember a verbs in a consonant and -y, the y
changes to an i before the -es is added.
-Plural pronouns (ex. we or like) go with verbs that do not
end in -s or -es.


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Judy Moody Saves the World

26 Mar



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Written by: Megan McDonald

Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds
Genre: Humorous fiction
Target Skill: Author’s Purpose – use text details to tell why an author writes a book
Target Strategy: Monitor/Clarify – as you read, find a way to clear up what doesn’t make sense

Essential Question: Why do some authors write funny stories?
Big Idea: Our world is an amazing place!


Adjectives are words that describe, or tell about, a
-Some adjectives tell what kind. An Adjective that tellswhat kind, usually comes before the noun it describes.
We went for a long walk. (What kind of walk?)
-Some adjectives tell how many. An adjective that tellshow many comes before the noun it describes.
She saw three birds in a nest. (How many birds?)
-The adjectives this and that tell “which one.”
You should recycle that can. (Which can?)


Guided Reading Books
The Recycling Contest

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Caesar’s Pollution Solution
Science Connection

Chapter 11 Perimeter and Area – Safari Video

11.1 Investigate – Model Perimeter

11-2 Find Perimeter

11-3 Algebra – Find Unknown side Lengths

11-4 Understand Area

11-5 Measure Area

11-6 Use Area Models

Mid-Chapter Checkpoint


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The Power of Magnets

06 Mar

The Power of Magnets

Essential Question: How can an invention cause peoples’ lives to change?

Big Idea: To reach a goal takes hard work 

Target Skill: Cause and Effect

Target Strategy: Summarize

Retelling vs Summarizing

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The Journey: Stories of Migration

25 Feb
          The Journey: Stories of Migration  INFORMATIONAL TEXT
by Cynthia Rylant
Written Language:
Using Proper Nouns
Names for Days, Months, and Holidays:
There are many kinds of proper nouns. Always begin a proper noun with a capital letter. Begin names of days, months, and holidays with a capital letter.
     ex. We drove 150 miles on Memorial Day.
           From January to March, the birds flew more than 1,000 miles.
Book Titles:
Begin the first, last, and each important word in a book title with capital letter. Always underline a book title.
      ex. We read about turtles migrating in Reptiles on the Road.
                – Reptiles and Road are the first and last words of hte title. The words on and the are not important words in the title.


Monarch Butterfly Amazing Migration


The Magic School Bus Butterfly and Bog Beast

 Chapter 12 – Geometry – Two Dimensional Shapes

Social Studies:Unit 2- Celebrate Culture
We will continue to learn about the culture of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Science: Unit 3 Properties of Matter



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The Albertosaurus Mystery

19 Feb

The Albertosaurus Mystery

Informational Text

Summary:  Philip Currie was tired and thirsty. It was one of the hottest days of the summer. He and his team were looking for the bones of a large meat eating dinosaur called Albertosaurus. Almost 90 years earlier, a famous fossil hunter named Barnum Brown had found the remains of many of these dinosaurs. Would Philip be able to find the remains of Brown’s bone bed? If he did, would he be able to explain why so many of these meat eating dinosaurs died in the same spot? (
Target Skill: Conclusions – use details to figure out ideas that the author doesn’t state
Target  Strategy: Visualize – as you read, use selection details to picture what is happening
Essential Question: How can you figure out ideas the author
doesn’t state directly?
Big Idea: Our world is an amazing place!

Adjectives and Articles
The words a, an, and the are special
adjectives called articles.
-Use a and an before singular nouns. Use a before
words that begin with a consonant. Use an before words that begin with a  vowel.
-Use the for both singual and plural nouns.
ex.  College student dug along (the, an) bank of
a river. The were trying to find (a, an) old village. Long ago, Native Americans built (a, an) town there.

Some adjectives are formed from proper nouns.
-Adjectives that are formed from proper nouns always begin with a capital letter.
ex. We saw some Mexican paintings at the museum. The adjective Mexican is formed from the proper noun Mexico.


Chapter 8 – Understanding Fractions

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Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates

14 Feb


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Written by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Raul Colon
Genre: Biography
Target Skill: Cause and Effect – tell how one event makes another happen and why
Target Strategy: Visualize – as you read, use selection details to picture what is happening

Plural Nouns with -s and -es:
-A noun that names only one person, place, or thing is asingular noun. A noun that names more than one person, place, or thing is a plural noun.
-Add -s to most singular nouns to form the plural.
ex. The Egyptians played a ball game.
The Egyptians played ball games.
They ran from place to place.
They ran to different places.
-Add -es to singular nouns that end with -ch, -sh, -x, -ss
ex. The dish was dirty.
The dishes were dirty.
Her dress was blue.
She has many dresses.

Plural nouns with -s and -es 


Social Studies Connection
1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Social Studies: Regions of the U.S.

Science Connection

Whole Number Operations - Understanding Multiplication
3-6 Algebra - Commutative Property of Multiplication
3-7 Algebra - Multiply with 1 and 0
Chapter 3 Review/Test
Chapter 3 Test

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Dog~of~the~Sea Waves

03 Feb


Written and illustrated by: James Rumsford
Genre: realistic fiction
Target Skill: Author’s Purpose
Target Strategy: Question
Essential Question: Why might a writer tell a story about a faraway place?
Big Idea: There are many reasons to take a journey.


Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes – Safari

Guided Reading Books

The Great Bay
 Friends with Wings

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Third Grade Rocks!

Windermere Elementary