What will you be able to do as a third grade reader?
    When reading literature (fiction) I can...
       -answer questions about a story and look back to the text to find my answers
       -ask questions about the text
       -use details from the story to determine the lesson/moral
       -recount stories from different cultures (folktales, fables and myths)
       -describe characters in stories
       -explain how the characters actions affect the order of events
       -tell the literal meaning or the non-literal meaning of a word of phrase (I am as hungry as a horse)
       -figure out the correct meaning of a word or phrase
       -can explain my point of view and describe how it may be different from the narrators
       -identify theme
       -compare and contrast themes in stories
       -compare and contrast settings in stories
       -compare and contrast plots in stories
       -explain how illustrations support and help create the mood in a story
    When reading informational text (non-fiction) I can...
       -answer questions about the text and look back to the text to find answers
       -ask questions about information text
       -explain how they support the main idea
       -determine the main idea of a text
       -find key details
       -explain how historical events, scientific ideas fit together using words that describe time, sequence and cause and effect
       -determine the meaning of words or phrases in informational text
       -use text features and use search tools on the computer to locate information on a topic
       - tell the difference between my point of view and the authors
       -use graphic sources and informational text to increase my understanding (diagrams, charts, maps, graphs, tables, time lines, pictures, drawings)
       -use sentences and paragraphs to determine the text structure (comparison, cause and effect, sequence, descriptive, lists)
       -compare and contrast the main points and key details from two informational texts on the same topic
    How will we do this?

    Reader’s Workshop:

    Reader’s workshop is a time where students meet as a whole group to discuss, practice and share what smart readers do while reading. Through the use of well written children’s literature from several award winning authors and teacher modeling, students will learn strong and mature reading comprehension strategies.   Such strategies include

    1. monitoring their comprehension
    2. using their schema (what they already know)
    3. visualizing to create a mental image
    4.  generating questions
    5.  making inferences
    6.  summarizing and synthesizing stories


    How do I know if the book is right for my child?

              Follow these three quick and easy steps to assess if the book is just right for your child. 

    1.     Have your child choose a book and read aloud a random page.

    2.     If they stumble/miss/or do not understand more than 5 words the book is probably too hard.

    3.     If your child can read the text but can not clearly summarize or tell what the main idea of the text was the book is also too difficult.


    Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you need some assistance locating books. I will be more than happy to help!