Literature Text Set By Lexie Wartick

Rationale

This text set is intended to teach third grade students about habitats and ecosystems all around the world. This is a valuable lesson for third graders to they know about the world they live in and how they impact it everyday. With the growing pollution in our world it’s important that we begin to change it—and it starts with our students. “Humans have an impact that is felt worldwide. We interact with our environment in a myriad ways, often without thought to the consequences. An ecosystem is a group of organisms and non-living components linked by processes of energy transfer and cycling of components and, unless we understand the links, we cannot limit damage, conserve or restore”. If we can teach our students about all of the beauty on Earth, then we instill empathy in our students for the world and all that is in it. https://about.futurelearn.com/blog/ecosystems/

1.

Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence(Wisdom Tales)

• By Manoj Jain, Illustrated by Demi, Published by Wisdom Tales, ISBN 1937786218, 28 pages, Genre: Nonfiction

• Summary of text: This is a book on India full of colorful, intricate pictures that tell wisdom tales through a spiritual leader named Mahavira. The morals that come out of these tales are kindness, nonviolence, compassion, and forgiveness.

• 5 Reading First components: Text comprehension

• 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.

• Learning area: History, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to evaluate the lesson from each one of the fables in the book by using key details.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by incorporating the traditional history of India along with common fables told by their culture. Along with the culture aspect, students also have to work on their comprehension of text by paying attention to key details in the text.

2.

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry: All About Deserts (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Series)

• By Tish Rabe, Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu, Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, ISBN 0375858687, 48 pages, Genre: Nonfiction

• Summary of text: In this book, the Cat in the hat takes Sally and Dick to all of the different kinds of deserts around the world. Students explore the hot deserts to the cold deserts and why they are so dry along with what lives in the certain deserts.

• 5 Reading First components: Text Comprehension Instruction

• Standard: RL.3.9 – Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to compare the different deserts to each other.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by including an science lesson on ecosystems. "Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry" goes further into depth of deserts allowing students to gain deep understanding of why deserts are the way they are. Along with Science, this book also expands on Language arts by incorporating rhyming for students to practice literacy and voice in reading.

3.

Because of an Acorn

• By Lola M.Shaefer and Adam Schaefer, Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, Published by Chronicle Books LLC, ISBN 9781452112428, 36 pages, Genre: Non-fiction

• Summary of text: Because of an Acorn shows the correlation between all things in an ecosystem in a way that is interesting to children. The illustrations show that an acorn creates a tree, which creates a home for a bird and so on establishing the circle of life.

• 5 Reading First components: Vocabulary Instruction

RL.3.3 – Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to compose a chart of the circle of life, according to this book.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by teaching a science lesson over the circle of life and how one thing affects the other. This book also builds on literacy by teaching students how to determine sequence of events in a story as long as building fluency.

4.

The Pout-Pout Fish

• By Deborah Diesen, Illustrated by Dan Hanna, Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0374360979, 34 pages, Genre: Fiction

• Summary of text: A fish travels the ocean to visit his friends with a pouty face until he meets a special friend who turns his frown upside down.

• 5 Reading First components: Phonics Instruction

• Standard: Knowledge and Ideas

• RI.3.7 – Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

• Learning area: Science, Language Arts

• Objective: Students will be analyze the illustrations within this book to interpret where, when, why, and how events occur.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by allowing students to practice their fluency with rhymes. This book also builds on the ocean and the fish that belong in that ecosystem.

5.

Welcome Home, Bear

• By Il Sung Na, Illustrated by ail Sung Na, Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, ISBN 9780385753777, 32 pages, Genre: Fiction

• Summary of text: This colorful book is about a bear who is trying to spice up his life by finding somewhere new to live. The bear visits a mole underground, birds in the trees, and puffins in the arctic snow. However, nowhere else seems to suit him quite like his own home.

• 5 Reading First components: Fluency

• Standard: W.3.3b – Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

• Learning area: Science, Language Arts

• Objective: Students will be able to use dialogue to analyze actions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters within the book.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by teaching students about the different habitats and the animals that go in it. Along with a science lesson, this book also gives students a chance to build their fluency.

6.

The Giving Tree

• By Shel Silverstein, Illustrated by Shel Silverstein, Published by Harper & Row, ISBN 0060256656, 57 pages, Genre: Fiction

• Summary of text: The giving tree is about a little boy whom a tree loves very much. The tree gives and gives to the boy to make him happy because it makes the tree happy. However, soon enough there is not enough of the tree left to give.

• 5 Reading First components: Fluency

• Standard: W.3.3b – Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

• Learning area: Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to infer actions, thoughts, and feelings of characters at different points in the story.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by inviting students to realize how much trees give us when humans don't give back. This leads students to realize that if we keep taking from nature without giving back, soon there will be nothing left to take. This book also includes language arts by giving students a chance to interpret the text and look for a deeper meaning.

VISUAL BOOKS

7.

Trees: A Visual Guide

• By Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stackhouse, Illustrated by James Needham, Published by , ISBN 0520256506, 304 pages, Genre: Visual

• Summary of text: This magnificently illustrated picture book is a visual guide that takes the reader throught the world, showing them multiple types of trees that live in the different ecosystems.

• 5 Reading First components: Text comprehension

• Standard: RI.3.1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to classify the different types of trees by referring to the text.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by introducing the many types of trees within the many ecosystems. This book also incoorporates new language for students to learn such as the names of trees.

8.

Many Biomes, One Earth

• By Sneed B. Collard III, Illustrated by Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stackhouse, Published by Charlesbridge Publishing. Inc, ISBN 9781570916328, 32 pages, Genre: Visual

• Summary of text: This book allows students to explore the Terrestrial Biomes of North and South America through colorful pictures and in-depth information.

• 5 Reading First components: Text comprehension

• Standard: RL.3.1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to classify the different types of biomes by referring to the text.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by introducing the biomes on earth and the many characteristics that come with it.

9.

About Habitats: Oceans

• By Catherine Sill, Illustrated by John, Published by Peachtree Publishers, ISBN 1561459607, 48 pages, Genre: Visual

• Summary of text: A beautifully made picture book with information about different types of fish, mamals, living plants, the ocean floor and its formation.

• 5 Reading First components: Text comprehension

• Standard: RI.3.1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to sketch a picture of the many characteristics of the ocean.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by introducing the ocean ecosystem and the many characteristics that come with it.

Cool School Challenge

• Cool School Challenge. National Wildlife Federation, http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/About-Eco-Schools-USA/Take-Action/Cool-School-Challenge.aspx. Accessed 14 April.

• Summary of media: The Cool School Challenge is a challenge to protect the plant one school at a time. On this website are directions and materials you need to implement this challenge in your classroom. With this challenge students and teachers engage in strategies to reduce CO2 and other emissions on this earth.

• Standard: 3-ESS3-1 Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

• Learning area: Science, Language arts

• Objective: Students will be able to complete a chart filled with goals to reduce their personal emissions on earth.

• Explain how this book addresses the above: This book addresses the above by incorporating knowledge of the environment and how it is affected by humans.

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