Generosity Text Set Third Grade

Literature text sets are extremely beneficial in the classroom. Jaclyn DeForge states that text sets allows for differentiation and reinforces the basic, foundational literary concepts. This specific text set is for third grade. The topic of is Generosity. This concept is important to teach in a classroom because it could help with classroom management and each citizen needs to learn how to be generous.

I would start the text set off with this video. This is a great video to grab the students interests about generosity and it is also a different resource for teachers to use that is not a children's book.

The Giving Tree
  • Author and Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
  • Publisher: Harper and Row
  • Genre: Fiction, picture book
  • ISBN: 0060256656
  • 64 pages
  • The Giving Tree is about a tree and her love for a young boy. The tree does everything to make the boy happy. She lets him swing from branches, take her apples and sell them for money, cut off her branches to build a house, until she had nothing left to give. The boy meets the tree one last time and he just wants a place to relax. And the tree was happy.
  • Reading Component: Comprehension
  • Language Arts: Listening with critical thinking
  • Standard: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • Objective: Students will provide two questions that can be answered using the text.
  • This book is a great read aloud opportunity. It gives the students to evaluate the text and show their understanding of the text during the read aloud. Students will use the text to conform what their idea of generosity is.
Don't Say A Word, Mama/ No Digas Nada, Mama
  • Author: Joe Hayes
  • Illustrator: Esay Andrade Valencia
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 1-935955-29-0
  • Pages: 32
  • Summary: Mama says she has the best daughters in the world. Her two daughters live close to their mother and have their own garden. Each daughter is so giving that everyone ends up with too much corn, tomatoes, and red hot chilis.
  • Reading Component: Vocabulary
  • Language Arts: Viewing with critical thinking
  • Standard: RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • Objective: Students will distinguish the meaning of words in the text based on context clues.
  • This book is a great resource when wanting to teach students how to use context clues to discover the meaning of a word. This book has both english and spanish writing in it. So based on the illustrations and the other contexts, students will learn what new words mean.
The Rainbow Fish
  • Author and illustrator: Marcus Pfister
  • Publisher: NordSud Verlag
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 1558580093
  • Pages: 24
  • Summary: Rainbow fish is about a fish with beautiful scales. When asked if another fish could have one of his scales, he rudely says no. The other fish don't want to play with him anymore. Rainbow fish then figures out how being generous is a part of being friendly.
  • Reading Component: Fluency, Comprehension
  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Standard: RF.3.2 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Objective: Students will formulate a them of the story based on their comprehension of the text.
  • The Rainbow Fist is a good book to teach students about generosity while using their comprehension to discover the theme of the story. This would be a great book for students to read with one another and then formulate a theme. Then, the class can come back together and the groups can share what they think the theme is with the class.
Generosity (Values To Live By)
  • Author: Cynthia Amoroso
  • Publisher: The Child's World
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • ISBN: 1- 62323-519-7
  • Pages: 24
  • Summary: In the book, children learn about generosity in every day life. Its filled with different scenarios that relate to the reader.
  • Reading Component: Phonics
  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Standard: RI.3.9 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • Objective: Students will compare and contrast two different texts using a venn diagram.
  • This text, along with 14 Cows For America, would be good to use for a comparing activity. This could be done during centers. One day, the students could read one text while writing notes down. The next day they could read the next text taking notes as well. On the third day, the students would then use their notes to complete a venn diagram. The two books both have the same theme but have different story lines.
14 Cows For America
  • Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
  • In Collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naigomah
  • Illustrator: Thomas Gonzalez
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • ISBN: 1561454907
  • Summary: Nine months after September 11, 2001, the Maasai people offer their condolescences in a different way. 14 cows were given to the American diplomat their representing the United States.
  • Reading Components: Comprehension
  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Standard: RI.3.9 Compare and contrast the out important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • Objective: Students will compare and contrast two different texts using a venn diagram.
The Giving Book: Open The Door To a Lifetime of Giving
  • Author and illustrator: Ellen Sabin
  • Publisher: Watering Can
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • ISBN: 0975986805
  • Pages: 64
  • Summary: A spiral bound book that has colorful illustrations and entertaining narrative. It also has learning activities that inspire children to give back.
  • Reading Component: Phonics
  • Language Arts: Speaking with critical thinkiong
  • Standard: RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text referring explicitly to the text as basis for their answers.
  • Objective: Sutdents will integrate their knowledge of the text into their everyday lives.
  • This book is great to have students work on their writing as well as their speaking skills. For a certain period of time, take a chunk out of the day for students to record in their writing journal at least one time they were generous that day. Then, the students can find a partner and share. This is a great way for students to get in the habit of being generous.
Beatrice's Goat
  • Author: Page McGrier
  • Illustrator: Lori Lohstoeter
  • Publisher: Alladin
  • Genre: Picture Book (visual text/illustrated)
  • ISBN: 0689869908
  • Pages: 40
  • Summary: Beatrice is a young girl in an African village. She longs to be a schoolgirl but she knows, with the fate of her family, that its very unlikely. Then, something comes along and changes things.
  • Reading Component: Comprehension
  • Language Arts: listening with critical thinking
  • Standard: RL.3.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of a narrator or those of the characters.
  • Objective: Students will hypothesize what the theme of the text is based on evidence from the text.
  • This book is great to really get the students to critically thinking about a story. You could have a read aloud, then have a discussion about the theme of the story. Hopefully, students will have different views of the story based on the text.
Those Shoes
  • Author: Maribeth Boeltos
  • Illustrator: Noah Z. Jones
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Genre: picture book (visual text/illustrated)
  • ISBN: 0763624993
  • Pages: 40
  • Summary: Jeremy just wants the same shoes that everybody else has. But his grandma tells him it's not about "wants" but about "needs." He soon realizes that the things he has is more important than what he wants.
  • Reading Component: Fluency
  • Language Arts: Visually representing with critical thinking
  • Standard: RL.3.2 Recount stories , including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures, determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • Objective: Students will create a T-chart to determine the moral of the story
  • I would introduce this book during centers. I would have the students listen to the story, then develop a T-chart. The T-chart would consist of the wants and needs of that student. Then, I would have the students discuss why their needs are more important than their wants. Also, the students will discuss why sometimes its important to put a friend's needs before their own wants.
The Quiltmaker's Gift
  • Author: Jeff Brumbeau
  • Illustrator: Gail de Marcken
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Genre: picture book (visualization/illustrated)
  • ISBN: 0439309107
  • Pages: 56
  • Summary: A generous quilt maker decides to make a quilt for a greedy king. But she causes him to undergo a change of heart.
  • Reading Component: Comprehension
  • Language Arts: Speaking
  • Standard: RF.3.2a Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
  • Objective: Students will role-play examples of generosity based off examples from the text.
  • The Quiltmaker's Gift would be a great book to end the text set with. The students will read the story then develop their own examples of generosity and role-play them. This includes al their knowledge from the text set and has them apply it to their everyday life.

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