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My Community

Unit 4


Let’s Compare!

Divide the class into pairs. Tell students

that they are to use a Venn diagram to

compare their classroom with their first

grade classroom. Draw a Venn diagram on

the board and model recording information.

Have students share their Venn diagrams

with the class.


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Sonia lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The town

is more than 100 years o dl . There is an old train st



an old boat dock, and many old buildings in town.

Sonia loves the Colonial Theater on Bridge Street. She

is sad because the owner is closing it. Her mother told her,

“It’s an old theater and needs a lot of repairs. The owner

doesn’t have enough money to fix it, so he has to sell it.”

Home Connection

Write the Key Vocabulary on the board randomly for students to alphabetize.

Distribute Blackline Masters 2a and 2b, and model how to fold the sheet

to create a booklet. Provide more folded sheets if necessary. Ask students

to complete the first page by writing their names, date, My Dictionary, and

subject area. Have them write the words on the remaining pages in a column.

Next, ask students to use their own words to write definitions for each word.

Have them check their work by looking up the correct definitions in their

dictionaries. Explain that they should read their definitions to their parents or

guardians. Remind them to return their booklets to school. Retain them for

future use.

Multiple Intelligences





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Common Core State Standards

Reading: Literature


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate

understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the

text as the basis for answers.


Describe characters in a story

(e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and

explain how their actions contribute to the

sequence of events.


Determine the meaning of words and

phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing

literal from non-literal language.

Speaking & Listening


Engage effectively in a range of

collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups,

and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3

topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and

expressing their own clearly.


Explain their own ideas and

understanding in light of the discussion.