Rooted in Reading 3rd Grade February Lessons | Comprehension | Grammar | Vocab

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  1. 3rd grade teachers, are you looking for something to transform your ELA block? Rooted in Reading is a set of lesson plans and activities that focus around a read-aloud story each week. The teacher reads the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehen
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Calling all 3rd Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block and improve reading comprehension!  Rooted in Reading for 3rd Grade is a set of lesson plans and activities that focus around a read-aloud story each week with everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We include nonfiction readers, vocabulary, assessments, crafts, printables and so much more! 

Here's how it works. The teacher READS the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more.  Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before.  All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS.  This can be used as a stand-alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum.  You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students!

For more information, research, and teacher testimonies on Rooted in Reading click HERE.

Books needed for this unit:

  • When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

Comprehension Focuses:

  • Inferences and Conclusions
  • Mental Imagery
  • Autobiography
  • Retelling the Story
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Folktales
  • Writing a Summary
  • Mood
  • Mood and the 5 Senses

Grammar Focuses:

  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Commas in Dates and Addresses
  • Compound Words
  • Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Nonfiction Readers (displayable version and printer friendly version for students)

  • Noteworthy Women (African American Women)
  • Investigating Insects
  • Mardi Gras
  • Book Awards

But wait, there’s more!

  • 4 Fiction Reading Passages
  • 4 Nonfiction Reading Passages
  • 4 Comprehension Assessments that ask questions about the weekly read-aloud and comprehension focus

Interactive Notebook Entries:

  • Note-taking
  • Retelling the story
  • Providing Text Evidence
  • Folktale Elements
  • Comparing Autobiography and Biography
  • Mood and Music
  • Mood and 5 Senses

Anchor Charts- The templates for the charts are included:

  • Mood: Making Inferences
  • Making and Supporting Inferences
  • Noteworthy Women
  • Let’s Summarize
  • Elements of an Autobiography
  • Retelling the Story
  • Incredible Insects
  • Mardi Gras


  • Vocabulary Cards and Definitions
  • Student Vocabulary Sheet
  • Roll a Sentence
  • What’s the Word: Definition Scoot
  • Synonym Match
  • Vocabulary ABC Order
  • Assessment

Art and Writing:

  • Marian Anderson Directed Drawing
  • Martina the Cockroach Craft
  • Mardi Gras Mask
  • Directed Drawing for Last Stop on Market Street

Daily Deep Dive: Each week we take a sentence from the book to do a daily deep dive! Students have daily activities to complete in their spiral. These activities will focus on the meaning and structure of the sentence.


Commas in Addresses and Dates:

  • Digital Posters
  • Commas in Dates Flapbooks
  • Addressing an Envelope
  • Are the Commas Correct SCOOT
  • Where Oh Where Interactive Notebook
  • Marian Anderson’s Timeline


  • Digital Posters
  • Possessive Pronoun Pocketbook
  • Possessive Pronoun Scoot
  • Pick a Pronoun Interactive Notebook
  • Make a Sentence
  • Assessment


  • Digital Posters
  • Compound Word Pocketbook
  • Compound Word Flapbook
  • Find the Compound Word Scoot
  • Racing Through The Alphabet with Compound Words Game
  • Compound Words Assessment


  • Digital Posters
  • Preposition Interactive Notebook
  • Moving Martina Preposition Activity
  • A Parade of Prepositions Game
  • Find the Preposition Scoot
  • Preposition Assessment

Rooted in Reading Units:

Check out the BUNDLE here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading BUNDLE

Check out our August Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading AUGUST

Check out our September Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading SEPTEMBER

Check out our October Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading OCTOBER

Check out our November Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading NOVEMBER

Check out our December Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading DECEMBER

Check out our January Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading JANUARY

Check out our February Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading FEBRUARY

Check out our March Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading MARCH

Check out our April Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading APRIL

Check out our May Unit here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading MAY

Find our Binder Covers and Spines here: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading Binder Covers and Spines

Here is our COMPLETE Book List and Year Overview: 3rd Grade Rooted in Reading Book List and Overview

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Use commas in addresses.


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