Concepts and Skills: What Students Need to Know and Be able to Do
Ask and answer questions
Identify main topic
Describe the connection between events, ideas or steps
Determine the meaning of words
Know and use text features
Report on a topic, or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (come prepared, follow agreed upon rules, ask questions, explain thinking)
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, includes visually, quantitatively and orally
Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail and clarification
Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified
Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions
Produce simple, compound and complex sentences
Use commas and quotation marks in dialogs
Use conventional spelling for high frequency and other studied words for adding suffixes to base words
Ensure subject-verb and pronoun- antecedent agreement
Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context
Identify real life connections between words and their use
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading
Recognize and read grade appropriate words
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding
Read on-level text with accuracy and fluency
Humanities 1. Use technology to communicate with their pen pal on an ongoing basis and become comfortable doing so even though they haven’t seen or met their pen pals in person. 2. Share details of their own culture and contrast it with the cultures of their pen pals. 3. Describe daily lifestyles of other children in different parts of the world. 4. Appreciate literature from different parts of the world. 5. Reflect on their own practices and readily express their apprehensions and excitement about communicating with people from different parts of the world.
Before/ During/ After 3rd Grade
Writing Before Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. During Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. After Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.