It's Your Choice: Get the Information

Subject area and grade level: Grade 3, ELA (with science and social studies connections)

What are your instructional goals?
(include standards if pertinent and specifics of what learners are to accomplish and what it will look like)

Overall: To develop skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening with informational texts

Reading - Informational text
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Speaking and Listening
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

What type(s) of activities would you like to include?

X_ explanatory/instructional
X_ practice
X_ project
_ exploration/simulation
_ research resources
X_ assessment
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What media type(s) would you like to focus on?

X_ text
X_ graphics/photos
X_ audio
X_ video
_ simulations
X_ interactives
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Differentiation strategies to include:
  • Provide students choice of topics for their informational text exploration
  • Provide texts at different reading levels
  • Provide multimedia options for texts (audio, video, etc.)
  • Provide language support (glossaries, vocabulary support, etc.)
  • Provide students choice of what kind of end product they produce

Other notes:
  • All resources for students will be provided on our wiki page. (See below.)
  • Question: What degree of student choice is feasible?

Suggestions for OER sites to search:

OER found that fits this lesson with evaluation comments:

Lesson Outline
  • Students will choose a topic they would like to explore. Choices will be from a list. (See below.)
  • Put students into small groups by topic and have them complete a KWL chart.
  • Students will choose an inquiry question related to their topic.
  • Student will choose one text passage and one video or audio selection from the list for their topic.
  • Students will complete graphic organizers about their readings. (main idea/details, cause/effect, vocabulary, analyzing visuals, etc.)
  • Project:
    • Students will decide what produce they will create about their topic:
      • Flyer
      • Ebook
      • Poster
      • Web page
      • Audio recording
      • VoiceThread
    • Students will complete an organizer for their project, identifying the topic, main idea, outline/details, and conclusion.
    • Students will research, select, or create images that support their topic. (See multimedia sets.)
    • Students will write, revise, and edit their work with peer review. Instruction will be included on citing sources for images.
    • Students will publish and present their final product. (embedded assessment)

Student Materials

Text options
Multimedia options
States of matter

The environment

Our solar system

The water cycle
K12HH ebook (beg)
K12 ebook 2 (inter/adv)
Water, Water Everywhere-library bk (beg)
HM textbook pgs 150-168 (inter)
Water Cycle PPT (inter)
Water cycle video (inter)
Water cycle animation (beg)
Water cycle interactive (inter)
NOAA water cycle interactive (advan)
Graphic w/multilingual support (beg)
Have students make audio versions of ebooks?
Have students remix animation with audio, etc.?


Here is a lesson plan for a hands on sim that we might do.
What is your water footprint? (not open, but could link)
Electrical circuits

Using maps

Native Americans

Our government

The Revolutionary War

Our food

Careers in our community

KWL chart (printable)
Inquiry chart (printable)
KWL interactive
for me: Inquiry chart strategy