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Elementary School

Our reading series is called Storytown.  Below are the weekly stories and skills we will cover throughout the year.  Check out the links to review, practice, or just for fun.  Please remember to ask Mom or Dad before you visit any website.  

Click here to read or practice skills for every unit in your Storytown reading book.  Read your weekly story on your eBook, tablet, computer, or iPod.  Turn up the volume and the story will be read to you.

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THEME ONE: The School Days

Lesson 1:  Story- Ruby the Copycat          

Skill: character and setting, using graphic organizers, alphabetical order

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, L.3.5a,b, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: coincidence, pleasant, modeled, murmured, loyal, recited CCSS  L.3.4.a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: short vowels CCSS  L.3.2f

Grammar- statements and questionsBuild a Sentence CCSS L.3.1i, L.3.6, W.3.4

Lesson 2:  Story- The Day Eddie Met the Author

Skill: characters and setting, using graphic organizers, alphabetical order 

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, L.3.4a,b

Robust Vocabulary: assembly, plenty, dismiss, squirmed, patchwork, autographed CCSS  L.3.4.a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: root words and suffixes, -ed, -ing CCSS L.3.2.e,f

Grammar: commands and exclamationsSentence Jeopardy  CCSS L.3.1i, L.3.6, W.3.3b

Lesson 3:  Story: Schools Around the World       

Skill: locating informationusing prior knowledgeusing a dictionary

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.5, RF.3.4b, L.3.2g, L.3.4d

Robust Vocabulary: chores, certain, resources, culture, tutor, uniforms 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: ee, ea; ai, ay; oa, ow  CCSS L.3.2e

Grammar: complete and simple subjects  CCSS L.3.1i, W.3.2a,b

Lesson 4:  Story: Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut            

Skill: locating information, using prior knowledge, using a dictionary 

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.5, RF.3.4b, L.3.2g, L.3.4d

Robust Vocabulary: talented, apply, research, invention, hinder, disappointed 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: suffixes -s, -es  CCSS L.3.1b

Grammar: compound subjects and predicates CCSS L.3.1i, W.3.2a,b,c,d


Lesson 5:  Story: The School News, I Live in a Town              

Comprehension Strategy: review skills  CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.10, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.5, RF.3.4b, L.3.1i, L.3.2g, L.3.3b, L.3.4a,b,d, L.3.5a,b, L.3.6

Robust Vocabulary: viewers, survive, camouflage, concealed, independent, donated CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review CCSS L.3.1b, L.3.2e, L.3.2f

Grammar: comma reviewcomma millionaireFind the Commas 

CCSS L.3.1i, L.3.6, W.3.5, W.3.6

Dictionary SkillsDictionary MillionaireDictionary Review

THEME TWO: Together We Can

Lesson 6:  Story: The Babe and I

Skill: fact or opinionrereadSolar System Facts 

CCSS Rl.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RI.3.3, RI.3.6, L.3.5c, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: shabby, embarrass, midst, elevated, dazed, collapses 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: Compound word games: game 1, game 2, game 3, game 4

Grammar: compound sentences CCSS L.3.1i, W.3.2a, L.3.1h,i

synonyms 1synonyms 2antonyms 1antonyms 2antonym 3 


Lesson 7:  Story: Aero and Officer Mike

Skill: fact/opinion1fact/opinion2fact/opinion3reread, synonyms, antonyms 

ccss RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.7, RF.3.4b, L.3.5c

Robust Vocabulary: scent, wanders, whined, obey, demonstrate, patrol  

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: ch, sh, wh digraphs  CCSS L.3.2f

Grammar: common and proper nouns CCSS L.3.1a,i, L.3.2a, W.3.2a, L.3.1h,i

Lesson 8:  Story: How Animals Talk

Skill: main ideas and detailssummarizing activityreference skills  

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RF.3.4b, L.3.2g

Robust Vocabulary: signal, flick, alert, communicate, chatter, grooms CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: dipthongs ou, ow, oi, oy CCSS RF.3.2f

Grammar: abbreviations CCSS L.3.2a

Lesson 9:  Story: Stone Soup

Skill: main ideas and details, summarizingreference skills  

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RF.3.4b, L.3.2g

Robust Vocabulary: generous, banquet, gaze, agreeable, curiosity, famine 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6 

Phonics: str-, spr-, scr-, consonant blends CCSS L.3.2e,f

Grammar: plural nouns CCSS L.3.1b, L.3.3a, W.3.2a,b,c,d

Lesson 10:  Story: The Case of the Three Bears’ Breakfast,How Things Survive

Skill: review skills CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.10, RF.3.4a,b,c, L.3.2g, L.3.3b, L.3.5c

Robust Vocabulary: investigate, expert, laboratory, various, suspect, confess 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review L.3.1a,b,i,L.3.2a

Grammar: possessive reviewquiz  CCSS L.3.1a,b,i, L.3.2a


Lesson 11:  Story: Loved Best

Skill: plot, context clues1Context Clues2Context Clues3story structure  

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RF.3.4b,c

Robust Vocabulary: encouraging, brief, chuckling, soothing, sobbed, praised 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: -le syllable L.3.2e,f, RF.3.3c

Grammar: possessive nouns CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.2a, W.3.1a, b,c,d


Lesson 12:  Story: A Pen pal for Max

Skill: plot, context clues, story structure CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RF.3.4b,c

Robust Vocabulary: translate, repairs, heaving, bothersome, din, dodging 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: consonant digraphs kn, gn, wr, gh CCSS  L.3.2e,f, RF.3.3d

Grammar: singular and plural pronouns CCSS  L.3.1b, W.3.3a,b,c,d

Lesson 13:  Story: A Tree is Growing

Skill: author’s purposeask questions, graphic aides 

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RI.3.9, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: columns, absorb, protects, rustling, dissolve, particles  

CCSS  L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: -dge, -ge, soft c and g CCSS L.3.2f

Grammar: subject and object pronouns CCSS L.3.1a,f, W.3.2a,b,c,d

Lesson 14:  Story: One Small Place in a Tree

Skill: author’s purposeask questionsgraphic aides 

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: suppose, roost, strikes, spears, glimpse, maze CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: V/CV and VC/V syllables CCSS L.3.2e,f

Grammar: pronouns CCSS L.3.1a,f,  RI.3.9, W.3.2a,b,c,d

Lesson 15:  Story: Ask the Experts, Iris and Walter, True Friends

Skill: review skills  CCSS RF.3.4a,b,c, RF.3.10, L.3.3b

Robust Vocabulary: issue, advice, consult, recommend, sensible, devise 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review CCSS L.3.2e,f, RF.3.3c,d

Grammar: review CCSS L.3.1a,b,f, L.3.2a, L.3.4a,b, L.3.6, 

THEME FOUR: Tales to Tell

Lesson 16:  Story: Lon Po Po

Skill: compare and contrast, read ahead 

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, Rl.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RF.3.3a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.9

Robust Vocabulary: tender, delighted, brittle, embraced, cunning, disguised 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: r controlled vowels, prefixessuffixes CCSS L.3.2e,f

Grammar: adjectivesadjectives game CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.5b, W.3.3a

Lesson 17:  Story: Two Bear Cubs

Skill: compare and contrastread ahead CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6. RL.3.7, RF.3.3a, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: glancing, scolding, console, heroic, drowsy, burden 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: r controlled /u/, prefixes and suffixes CCSS L.3.2e,f

Grammar: adjectives that compare CCSS L.3.1a,g, W.3.3, L.3.2c, L.3.6

Lesson 18:  Story: Me and Uncle Romie

Skill: theme, following directions, story structure 

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, Rl.3.6, RL.3.7, RF.3.4b, RI.3.7

Robust Vocabulary: glorious, memory, ruined, streak, crept, yanked CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: suffixes -er, -est, -ly, -ful CCSS RF.3.9, L.3.1g, L.3.2e,f

Grammar: articles CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.2c, L.3.6, W.3.3

Lesson 19:  Story: Half Chicken

Skill: theme, following directions, story structure 

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RI.3.7, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: suggested, enormous, exclaimed, swift, vain, overheard 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: prefixes un-, re-, dis- CCSS RF.3.a, L.3.4b,c

Grammar: action verbsverbs game CCSS L.3.1a,d,e, W.3.3a,b,c,d

Lesson 20:  Backstage With Chris and Casey, The Cracked Chinese Jug

Skill: review skills CCSS RF.3.4a,b,c, RL.3.10, L.3.3b

Robust Vocabulary: versions, rehearse, mandatory, criticize, immerse, dialogue

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review CCSS RF.3.3a, L.3.1g, L.3.2e,f, L.3.4b,c, RF.3.9

Grammar: review CCSS L.3.1a,d,e,g, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, W.3.10

THEME FIVE: A Place For All

Lesson 21:   Story: Antarctic Ice

Skill: sequencing, author's message CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RF.3.4a,b

Robust Vocabulary: absence, shelters, permanently, drifts, scarce, dim 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: vowel variants -ew, -ui, -oo, -ue CCSS L.3.2e

Grammar: verb besubject verb agreement CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.1i, L.3.6, W.3.2

Lesson 22:  Story: Bat Loves the Night

Skill: sequencing, author's message CCSS RI.3,1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RF.3.4b

Robust Vocabulary: nocturnal, effort, dozes, swoops, detail, fluttering CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: vowel variants au, aw, ough CCSS L.3.2f

Grammar: main and helping verbs CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.1i, L.3.3a, W.3.a,b,c,d, W.3.10

Lesson 23:  Story: Chestnut Cove

Skill: cause and effectcause and effect 2homophones

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, L.3.4a, RF.3.4b,c

Robust Vocabulary: fondness, emotion, ridiculous, disgraceful, decent, inherit 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: prefixes pre-, mis-, in-  CCSS RF.3.3a, L.3.2e, L.3.4b

Grammar: Ballon Verb Race CCSS L.3.1a,d,e, L.3.3a, L.3.6, W.3.3a,b,c,d

Lesson 24:  Story: Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Skill: cause and effect, homophones 

 CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RF.3.4b,c, L.3.4a

Robust Vocabulary: clutter, visible, mentioned, beckoned, remark, flustered 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: schwa vowel sound CCSS L.3.2e,,f,g

Grammar: past and future tense verbs CCSS L.3.1a,d,e, L.3.3a, L.3.6, W.3.1a,b,c,d

Lesson 25:  Story: The Robodogs of Greenville, Fighting For Our Freedom

Skill: review skills CCSS RF.3.4a,b,c, RL.3.10, L.3.3b, RF.3.4b,c, L.3.4a

Robust Vocabulary: required, functional, inhabitants, amazement, ample, responsibility CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review CCSS L.3.2e,f,g, L.3.4b, RF.3.3a

Grammar: review CCSS L.3.1a,d,e, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, W.3.10

THEME SIX: Discoveries

Lesson 26:  Story: Charlotte’s Web

Skill: inferences 1inferences 2inferences3inferences4multiple meaning words

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RF.3.4c, L.3.5c

Robust Vocabulary: summoning, nuisance, sedentary, oblige, boasting, sway 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: suffixes -tion, -sion CCSS RF.3.3a,b,c,d, L.3.4c

Grammar: irregular verbs 1Irregular Verbs 2Irregular Verbs 3Irregular Verbs 4Irregular Verbs 5 CCSS L.3.1d, L.3.1a,i, L.3.6, W.3.10

Lesson 27:  Story: Spiders and Their Webs

Skill: make inferencesmultiple meaning words 

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RI.3.9, RF.3.4c, L.3.5c

Robust Vocabulary: prey, shallow, strands, social, spiral, reels CCSSL.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: v/v syllable pattern CCSS L.3.2e, RF.3.3c

Grammar: adverbs CCSS L.3.1a, L.3.3a, W.3.2a,b,c,d

Spider Research

Lesson 28:  Story: The Science Fair

Skill: make predictionshomographs 

CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RF.3.4b,c, L.3.4a

Robust Vocabulary: sprinkled, expand, erupt, thorough, deliberation, grainy 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: suffixes -able, -ible, -less, -ous CCSS L.3.2e, L.3.3a,b,c,d, RF.3.3c

Grammar: contractions CCSS L.3.2f, L.3.3a, W.3.2a,b,c,d

Lesson 29:  Story: The Planets

Skill: make predictions homographs  

CCSS RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.3, RI.3.4, RI.3.5, RI.3.6, RI.3.7, RI.3.8, RI.3.9, RF.3.4c, L.3.4a

Robust Vocabulary: rotates, surface, steady, reflect, appears, evidence 

CCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: prefixes bi-, non-, over- CCSS L.3.2e, L.3.3a,b,c,d, RF3.3c

Grammar: punctuation CCSS L.3.2a,b,c,d, L.3.3a, W.3.2a,b,c,d, W.3.8

Lesson 30:  Story: Voyage Across the Solar System, Energy

Skill: review skills CCSS RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.10, RF.3.4a,b,c

Robust Vocabulary: magnify, observed, generates, confirm, picturesque, safeguardCCSS L.3.4a,b, L.3.6

Phonics: review CCSS RF.3.3a,b,c,d, L.3.2e, L.3.3a,b,c,d, L.3.4c

Grammar: review CCSS RF.3.3a,b,c,d, L.3.2e, L.3.3a,b,c,d, L.3.4c, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, W.3.10