RI.3.8 Lesson Plans


1. Paragraph Puzzle - Students receive pieces of information about a place, decide which pieces of information are most important, and write a paragraph using this information. (Source: ReadWriteThink the International Reading Association and NCTE)

2.The People, the Preamble, and the Presidents - Standard RI.3.8 is a focus standard for this unit. Students sequence the events in the book, Coming to America: The Story of Immigration and select key words in Preamble to the Constitution. (Source: Common Core Curriculum Maps)

The following lessons focus on “Cause and Effect”:

3. Cause and Effect Signal Words – This lesson is about signal words for use in determining cause and effect. It also includes other resources that expand students’ ability to use cause and effect to identify and describe logical connections between sentences and paragraphs in informational text. Note: The website requires users to register, but materials and lesson plans are free. (Source: Better Lesson)

4.Interactive Language Arts Skill Builders - Although these cause and effect activities are designated as fourth grade, that doesn’t mean they are at the fourth grade level. Check them out for your third grade students. Note: When using any website developed by practitioners, teachers are cautioned to be discerning decision makers when selecting activities. Activities chosen should be doable, yet challenging with sufficient rigor and with relevance to skills/concepts being taught. Activities should also support evidence-based practice. (Source: Internet 4 Classrooms)

5. Cause and Effect - A mini-lesson on cause and effect by a practicing educator. This site also provides a list of connecting words related to cause and effect. Check out the other links the teacher has posted for the same topic. (Mrs. Dell's website)

6. Cause and Effect – An interactive mini-lesson posted by a school district to help their students prep for a test. Although developed for fourth grade, this is appropriate and adaptable for the third grade as well. (Source: Study Zone website, the Oswego City School District)

7. Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters - This lesson helps third- through fifth-grade students explore the nature and structure of expository texts that focus on cause and effect. Students begin by activating prior knowledge about cause and effect; the teacher then models discovering these relationships in a text and recording in a graphic organizer what the relationships that the class finds. (Source: Read Write Think, International Reading Association and NCTE)

8. Engaging With Cause-and-Effect Relationships Through Creating Comic Strips - In this lesson, students learn cause-and-effect relationships through the sharing of a variety of Laura Joffe Numeroff picture books in a Reader’s Workshop format. Using online tools or a printed template, students create an original comic strip via the writing prompt, “If you take a (third) grader to…”. (Source: Read Write Think, the International Reading Association and NCTE)

The following lessons focus on “Compare and Contrast”:

9. Comparing and Contrasting - Link to a unit on comparing and contrasting elements of non-fiction texts. Third grade lessons are also available on choosing the main idea, identifying text features and a number of other topics. Note: The website requires users to register, but materials and lesson plans are free. (Source: Better Lesson)

10. Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Text - This lesson is designed for grades 3-5 and includes four 45-60 minutes sessions. The lesson could serve as a spring board to help students compare and contrast two texts on the same topic. (Source:  Read Write Think, the International Reading Association and NCTE)