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Scope & Sequence - Insights: Content Area Strategies for Grade 3

Unit 1: Understanding Possessive Nouns

Recognize possessive forms by

  • distinguishing between singular and plural nouns
  • identifying possessive nouns in singular and plural form
  • forming possessive nouns
  • categorizing possessive forms in charts
  • using possessive nouns in sentences

Unit 2: Alphabetical Order

Alphabetize words by the first, second, third, and fourth letters by

  • recognizing the purpose of alphabetical order
  • arranging words in order by the first letter
  • arranging words in order by the second letter
  • arranging words in order by the third and fourth letters
  • arranging a word list, according to the first, second, third, and fourth letters of the words

Unit 3: Using a Dictionary

Locate words and their meanings in a dictionary by

  • knowing the parts of the dictionary
  • using knowledge of alphabetical order
  • understanding the form and function of guide words
  • recognizing the different types of information in an entry: parts of speech, meaning, spelling, pronunciation, and examples
  • using a substitution strategy to select the appropriate meaning of words from multiple entries or multiple meanings

Unit 4: Using Contractions

Analyze and form contractions by

  • recognizing contraction elements: ‘s, n’t, ‘ll, ‘ve, ‘d, ‘re, and ‘m
  • matching a contraction with the two words from which it is made
  • writing the two words from which a contraction is made
  • writing a contraction from two words
  • writing contractions in sentences

Unit 5: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms

Identify word pairs of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms by

  • comparing word meanings
  • substituting synonyms for specified words in sentence
  • choosing antonyms for words
  • completing sentences with antonyms that reverse the meaning
  • recognizing homonym pairs
  • using clue words and sentence context to choose the homonym that completes the meaning

Unit 6: Prefixes and Suffixes

Recognize the base word, prefix, and/or suffix in a word by

  • analyzing the usage of prefixes: un-, in-, dis-, non-, re-, mis-, and pre-
  • using clue words to select the appropriate prefix to complete sentence meaning
  • analyzing suffixes: -y, -ly, -ful, -less, -ness, -er, and –ist
  • composing new sentences after adding a suffix to a given base word
  • using a word analysis chart

Unit 7: Using the Parts of a Book

Locate information in the different parts of the book by

  • understanding the form and function of the title, cover, title page, table of contents, and chapter headings
  • identifying the different levels of information in the different parts of the book
  • learning the function and structure of simple and two-level indexes
  • using the title, table of contents, and the index to find specific information
  • writing and putting together the parts of an autobiography

Unit 8: Reading Maps and Diagrams

Interpret maps and diagrams by

  • understanding maps and diagrams as visual representations of information
  • defining the functions of titles, legends, labels, and direction keys in street maps
  • defining the functions of titles, captions, and labels in location and cross-section diagrams
  • combining reader’s purpose with the data in the visual aid to locate specific information