RF.3.3 Lesson Plans and Units


1. Here is a link to the six Common Core Standards Curriculum maps for Grade 3. These lesson units integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and language standards. Each lesson unit outlines the lesson, suggests learning objectives, provides sample activities and assessments, and lists related narrative and informational texts. While Reading Foundation skills are not usually integrated within each lesson, the lesson units provide plenty of opportunity for teachers to plan a variety of advanced word study and basic word study practice. For example, the discussion introducing unit 3, Creative, Innovative and Notable People is all about the root words and affixes in the unit’s title. Unit 5 provides activities and materials for students to identify Latin roots and use affixes. (Source: Common Core Curriculum Maps)

2. Check out this Bedford County Tennessee site for lesson plan links. (Source: Bedford County Schools)

3. Check out this LearnNC for a wide variety of lesson plans and activities, including phonics, spelling and word study. (Source: Learn NC, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education)

4. Read Write Think is sponsored by the National Council of English Teachers and the International Reading Association in collaboration with Thinkfinity for teacher-developed lesson plans, materials and other resources. (Source: Read Write Think, International Reading Association, NCTE)
  • To, Too or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones focuses on recognizing and spelling homophones.
  • Sort, Hunt, Write: A Weekly Spelling Program (grades 3-5). Spelling is more than just memorizing lists of words. For students to learn the spelling and meaning of vocabulary, they must have multiple, meaningful exposure to the words. This recurring lesson can be designed to meet the needs of individual students and includes a wide range of activities.
  • Spelling Cheerleading (grades 3-5). What are the rules for adding suffixes to words ending in y? Students learn the answer to this question in this interactive spelling lesson.
  • You Can't Spell the Word Prefix Without a Prefix is designed for grades 6-8, but the strategy in this lesson on prefix manipulation and spelling can be adapted for 3rd grade.
  • ROOTing Out Meaning: More Morphemic Analysis for Primary Pupils - (K-5) A group of primary teachers and a university consultant reviewed the research on morphemic analysis and then explored ways to give pupils in grades 1, 2, and 3 an early start on using prefixes, suffixes, and roots to construct word meaning. The strategies they use include direct teaching of the meanings of affixes, finding and deriving meaning from roots in popular reading materials, disassembling and reassembling words with meaningful parts, using affix posters both informatively and interactively, employing Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the meanings of prefixes, and using contests and games to promote word study.
  • “Word Study with Henry and Mudge”: In this multisession lesson, students participate in a guided reading of a familiar text—Henry and Mudge. Students then reread the text in small groups to better understand the story. In the sessions that follow, students use sentence strips to practice high-frequency words, distinguish between a base word and a suffix, write new sentences using high-frequency and story words, and read a new passage.
  • Make-A-Word Card Game is labeled for grades 6-8, but the idea (making words using affixes) is readily adaptable to 3rd grade
  • The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern can be used as part of a series of lessons designed to show students how, in the English alphabet, each vowel represents a different set of sounds when used in different spelling patterns. Nursery rhymes are used for the "word hunting" activity as they are generally familiar to children, easy to read, found in many cultures, fit into many themes, and have all sorts of possibilities for extensions. Grades 3-5

5.  The Reading Teachers Network website offers illustrated and narrated lessons. Look under the “lessons” tab to find a list of lessons. Those that include decoding have that designation noted in the “topic” column. (Source: Reading Teachers Network, Neuhaus Education Center)

6. Check out Teachers Net for lessons you might use in teaching phonics. ( SourcE: Teachers Net)