Field Elementary School

Language Arts


District 205 recently adopted a Standards Based Curriculum in the Fall of 2016. This curriculum is called Schoolwide and divided into four units that are taught throughout the year. Each Unit of Study Includes the following

  • —Focus Standards
  • —Targets made of multiple standards
  • —Formative and summative assessments
  • —Anchor and suggested texts
  • —Examples of  academic vocabulary


The strands of reading, writing, listening/speaking, language standards are interrelated and call for integration of the strands to develop together and be mutually supportive. 

Third Grade Thematic Units

Trimester 1

  • Launching Unit -students are introduced to the reading workshop model. They will learn about whole group mini-lessons, partner/independent work, guided reading groups, 1:1 conferencing, and reflection.
  • Fiction Unit - students will read fiction mentor texts with teacher support and identify character traits, setting, theme, and main ideas related to the stories presented.


Trimester 2

  • Informational Unit- students will look at biographies, literary nonfiction, and reference books. They will identify with nonfiction text features and determine the differences among these three types of nonfiction texts. 


Trimester 3

  • Government- Students will learn about the history of how the United States became its own country free from British rule. They will learn about important historical figures as well as identify how our government is divided. 

Why Develop a Standard's Based Curriculum for Reading?

The State Standards require students to:

  1. —Analyze and interpret complex text
  2. —Engage in rich evidence-based conversations about text
  3. —Critically think and question
  4. —Communicate with clarity about a text
  5. —Select and create texts for different needs and purposes
  6. —Interact with and utilize digital technologies and contexts for a variety of purposes
  7. —Develop personal identities as communicators and literate individuals
  8. —Appreciate reading and writing across genres

References for Finding Independent Reading Books

Below are a few links that provide lists of book suggestions for independent reading.  These sites are helpful because they recommend books by genre interests, as well as age-appropriate suggestions.

Have fun curling up to a great book!


Elmhurst Public Library Booklists 

Spelling- Words Their Way

Words Their Way® is a program that takes a developmental approach to phonics, spelling and vocabulary instruction. It provides K-12 teachers with instruction and word lists that correlate to students’ developmental stage of word study.


There are 5 Targeted Levels for the Words Their Way Program

  • Emergent
  • Letter Name
  • Within Word Pattern
  • Syllables and Affixes
  • Derivational Relations



Reading Skill Practice

Below is a link that will provide our students with skill based practice that can enhance their abilities with a variety of reading skills.  Review your child's RIT band scores from the MAP Assessment data that you have received.  Simply, click on this link and have the students click on the RIT band number range that matches your child's scores.  As your child masters skills by practicing the different lessons and games, allow your child to move on to the next RIT band to practice higher level skills.  Please note that not all of these games have been reviewed entirely by our staff, some of them are subject to exposing advertisements.  As always, please make sure you are reviewing the websites your child is visiting.


MAP Reading Skill Practice

Writing with Lucy Calkins

Lucy Calkins writing program was adopted by District 205 in 2014. This program is a balanced approach that includes different models of presentation to accommodate all learners. The workshop model includes:

  • a whole group mini lesson
  • independent practice
  • individual conferencing with the teacher
  • group conferencing targeting a specific strategy/goal
  • presentation of writing pieces (celebrations)

The three main units in third grade are:

1) Narrative

2) Informational 

3) Opinion