Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

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Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 3

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

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

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