Scope & Sequence - Insights: Comprehension Strategies for Grade 3

Unit 1: Categorizing

Organize information by

  • analyzing the attributes of a group of items
  • labeling a category by the common attribute of its members
  • using categories to figure out word meanings
  • relating attributes to more than one category
  • charting multiple attributes within their appropriate categories
  • relating common attributes as a long-term memory device

Unit 2: Analyzing Sequence in Stories

Derive logical meaning by

  • analyzing the periods of time we use to order our lives
  • investigating the clue words of chronology
  • inferring the missing part of a sequence
  • using logic to sequence a story
  • using a four-part strategy to combine clues and logic
  • rearranging story parts in logical sequence
  • taking notes on a time line

Unit 3: Predicting Outcomes

Infer story outcomes by

  • interpreting clues that signal logical connections
  • combining an author’s clues with personal experience of similar events
  • proposing and evaluating several possible story outcomes
  • using logical patterns, story structure, and author’s purpose to make predictions

Unit 4: Identifying Topic Sentences

Identify the topic sentence of a paragraph by

  • relating category labels to topic sentences
  • conceptualizing the relationship among ideas in a paragraph as a main idea with supporting details
  • identifying the topic sentence and the detail sentences in a simple paragraph
  • locating topic sentences in the beginning, middle, or end of paragraphs
  • writing a paragraph with a topic sentence
  • using a topic sentence to comprehend an author’s purpose and a paragraph’s main idea

Unit 5: Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion

Distinguish between fact and opinion by

  • determining if statements are “true for everyone” or “true for some”
  • using clue words to distinguish fact from opinion
  • converting a factual statement to an opinion statement by adding an opinion word
  • separating fact from opinion statements

Unit 6: Using Context Clues

Use context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word by

  • using familiar words in a category as clues
  • analyzing the range of meaning represented in synonyms and antonyms as clues
  • combining relational clues (words that form a mental image)
  • using comparative information in similes as clues

Unit 7: Understanding Cause and Effect

Establish a cause-and-effect relationship by

  • noting the causal link between two related events
  • identifying clue words that signal causal relationships
  • locating causal connections without clue words

Unit 7: Comparing and Contrasting

Identify similarities and differences by

  • comparing two objects displaying similar and different characteristics
  • charting physical and behavioral traits of two characters for comparison
  • charting comparative information in two separate stories
  • using the comparison chart to infer underlying similarities of purpose and meaning in the stories