3rd Grade Literacy Lesson Plans

If you’ve been patiently waiting for me to finish the 3rd Grade Literacy Lesson Plans, I’m happy to announce that your wait is FINALLY over!  Yes, you read that correctly!

They are officially posted here on my website as well as on my TpT store!

3rd Grade Literacy Lesson Plans


     If you are new to my website, I had originally blogged about putting together a collection of 36 Kindergarten lessons to use for those brand new librarians/teachers or those unexpected times when you are sick and don’t have the energy to type of lesson plans for a substitute. I then created the 1st grade follow-up and 2nd grade follow-up.  I am extremely amazed at the amount of positive feedback I have received on these literacy lesson plans, and truly appreciate all the support and patience that everyone has given me as I tried to finish the 3rd grade plans!
     As I’ve said before, putting these plans together is fun, but they do take a lot of time.  I had considered working in 6 week chunks, and was going to try to post each 6 weeks as I finished them, but that didn’t quite work out.  Inevitably, as I’m working through the different lessons, I end up going back and revising previous lessons along the way that I thought were already completed.  I also try to check all the links one more time before I officially post, just to make sure nothing has changed out there in the vast internet world.   I also spent more time double checking the books that I used for each lesson, and tried to make sure to use books that were widely available through bookstores or online.  Although each lesson does connect to a specific picture book, I’ve made the lesson general enough that the main concept and lesson plan can still be used even with other books along the same theme.

So what is actually included in the 3rd Grade Literacy Lesson Plans?  Great question!

Just like my other sets, there are  36 separate lessons that cover a variety of skills/topics to take you through the school year such as:
  • Book care
  • Good Fit Books
  • Award books (Caldecott, Newbery, Bluebonnet or other state awards)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Parts of Fiction book & Genres
  • Parts of Non-Fiction books & Text Features
  • Dewey Decimal System/Call numbers
  • Reading Strategies: predictions, book walks,  visualizing, connections, questioning, inferring, summarizing
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Research skills
  • Folktales: Fairy Tales, Fables, Myths, Legends, & Tall Tales
  • Poetry Type & Poetry Tools

All activities are connected to a Fiction or Non-Fiction books that you most likely have in your class or library or can easily purchase on Amazon.com.  I’ve included an outline that shows the order of lessons and the books that are used for planning purposes.

3rd Grade Literacy Lessons
     Each lesson page shows the week number, the skill/concept, and the book’s title and author at the top.  Then there are 3 main sections including step-by-step directions, additional activities that can be used, and possible technology extensions.  Here’s a sample of what the 3rd grade plans look like:
3rd Grade Literacy Lessons
3rd Grade Literacy Lessons
     To keep things organized, I put a copy of each lesson page in a 3-ring sheet protector, and copies of any additional activities behind the page.  Then I placed them in a binder.  Depending upon how many of the activities you print, you can use a 1 1/2 or 2 inch binder.  I also included binder covers and spine label in case you purchase the ones with the clear-view pockets.
At the request of many customers, I also added a checklist for both the Texas TEKS and the Common Core Standards.  This way, you can check off the skills the lesson uses in case you have to turn in your lesson plans.
3rd Grade Literacy Lessons   3rd Grade Literacy Lessons
And finally, I also added a blank editable form that you can use to create your own lessons in the same format.
3rd Grade Literacy Lessons
If you would like the entire collection of 36 3rd Grade Literacy Lessons,
you can find them on my website here or at my TpT store.

As always, I hope you find these useful, and I’d love to hear your feedback!

(Now, some of you may be wondering…okay, so are you planning on doing lessons for 4th & 5th grade too?  The simple answer is yes, I plan on doing them at some point.  You’ll just have to keep checking back to my website to see when they are completed!  But don’t worry, you’ll also get to see some of the other fun ideas I’m working on right now!  Take care!)

10 Responses to “3rd Grade Literacy Lesson Plans”

  1. Damiana Guerrero

    YaY!!! Thank you so so so much… I absolutely love the lesson plans and activities, they are amazing! Now to wait for 4th and 5th grade 🙂

    • Sandy

      Thanks Damiana! I’m glad that you are finding them useful! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  2. Debbie Snodderly

    Hurrah! The wait is over! Your lesson plans are the BEST and have helped me so much as a first year librarian. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Sandy

      Thanks Debbie! I’m glad you are finding them useful! I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and have a great year!

  3. Shelby

    Yeah!!!! So excited!!! Will def be using this! I too hope for 4th grade sometime in the future 😉

    • Sandy

      Thanks Shelby! I’m finishing a couple of other projects and then will start working on 4th grade. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  4. Kebbie

    YAY! I’m also super excited about this product! Thank you so much for your time and effort to make things easier for the rest of us! Hopefully, you had a little bit of downtime this summer!

    • Sandy

      Yea! I’m excited that YOU’RE excited! 🙂 I hope you find them useful, and wish you a great start to the new school year. 🙂 Sandy

  5. Michelle White

    Love these lessons. I am ready for the 4th and 5th grade lessons also. Any chance you will release these in chunks so that we can begin using them?

    • Sandy

      Thanks Michelle,

      I’m actually putting those on hold for a bit and revamping K-3’s format. I’m finding that too many links are breaking, and causing problems so I’m going through and updating each of my previous lesson plans and giving a description of where to find additional ideas instead of putting actual links. Hopefully this will help as things move around on the internet. As soon as I’m done with that, I will begin working on 4th and 5th…and yes I do plan to do those by 9 week segments. 😉 Keep checking back though! 🙂


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