Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

English Language Arts

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 3

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.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.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.3.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.3.5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.8: Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text(e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Passage Pages
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
Avalanche! 58-60
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Lightships 100-102

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RI.3.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Passage Pages
Birds that Swim Instead of Fly 10-12
The Venus Flytrap 13-15
The Peculiar Platypus 16-18
Kelp: The Underwater Forest 19-21
Cheetahs Are Fast Cats 22-24
Poisonous Plants: Good or Bad? 25-27
Around the World in 72 Days 28-30
The Search for the Northwest Passage 31-33
The Great Race of Mercy 34-36
Daring Rescue During the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 37-39
Stranded Near a Mountaintop 40-42
A Monster Wave Flips Two Boats 43-45
Trapped Underground! 46-48
Krakatau, a Deadly Volcano 49-51
Destructive Wind and Water: The Galveston Hurricane 52-54
The Dust Bowl 55-57
Avalanche! 58-60
Flash Flood in Big Thompson Canyon 61-63
Deadly Cloud from Lake Nyos 64-66
Gunpowder Inventions 67-69
The Miracle of Movable Type 70-72
Galileo's Discoveries About the Universe 73-75
Dinosaurs 76-78
Joseph Lister’s Fight Against Germs 79-81
The Janitor’s Invention 82-84
Recycling 85-87
Earth’s Hot Spots 88-90
Big Blast in Siberia 91-93
The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge 94-96
Libraries Make the World a Smarter Place 97-99
Lightships 100-102
Mount Rushmore 103-105

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