How to Use the Third Grade Common Core Workbook

So how would a sample lesson look with our workbook? Well, there are a lot of ways to approach using our materials, depending on the strength and types of your core resources, but let’s look at our workbook as a supplement for this example.

Let’s say this week your language lessons focus on RL.3.1, a standard that says: “Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.” That’s a pretty dry way of saying that students can answer questions from text and use details from the text to get those answers, right?

This lesson might span a week, being combined with other complementary and similar standards. So, while you have one group working on some sort of reading exercise, you might pull a third of your class or a quarter of your class for a small group center. The center we have provided with this standard is called Find it in the Text. In it, we have a short story called Found Money. After reading the story, perhaps underlining during and doing pre-reading strategies prior to reading, there is a worksheet organizer with 6 questions. Each question must be answered, and a detail from the text that proves that answer must be provided. There is a blank page in the same format that allows the teacher to adapt this strategy to ANY text, like a complementary story in the textbook.

Other students could be working on the worksheets that go with this standard. There are two short stories, each half a page at grade level. There are several questions that use the same idea, requiring evidence and proof from the text to prove an answer. This might be a pre-test, post-test. It might be part of a centers rotation to work in small groups, pairs, or independently. All of these exercises are about 20-30 minutes. They can be repeated, reviewed, and directly support the learning of the standard.

This kind of lesson pattern could be repeated for each of the about 40 ELA standards, and each of the about 25 math standards in grade 3, because there are similar materials for EACH of those standards in our workbook.


Take a look at our free previews of the Third Grade Common Core Workbook to find things that you can use in your room in your own particular style. Every teacher has their own way of doing things, and we just want to support you! Hopefully it’s an adventure for everyone involved.

Third Grade Common Core Workbook

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