Module 10 Pond Animals-Language Arts 3A - Course Guide


Module Overview:

In this module, students will be learning about three-letter consonant blends and view their sight words. They will also preview their vocabulary words. They will look at the reading skill for this week: compare and contrast. Then, they will learn about the future verb tense. They will be writing a compare and contrast paragraph this week. Finally, they'll finish with a journal entry. They will also practice writing cursive letters and reading fluency.


Module Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blank paper

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 10.1 - Pond Animals
  1. Distinguish the sound of three-letter blends in words.
  2. Read sight words.
  3. Read vocabulary words and definitions.
  4. Define compare and contrast.
  5. Define the meaning of future tense verbs.
  6. Write a descriptive paragraph.
  7. Describe a compare and contrast paragraph.
2 10.2 - Pond Animals
  1. Spell phonics and sight words.
  2. Match vocabulary words with the correct definition.
  3. Set a purpose for reading “Paddy’s New Hat.”
  4. Correctly identify verb tenses.
  5. Plan a compare and contrast paragraph.
  6. Form the cursive letters <i>A, C, O, U.</i>
3 10.3 - Pond Animals
  1. Build spelling words.
  2. Match vocabulary words with the correct definition.
  3. Define the suffix -ful.
  4. Correctly identify verb tenses.
  5. Construct a rough draft of a compare and contrast paragraph.
  6. Apply rate, expression, and intonation when reading aloud.
4 10.4 - Pond Animals
  1. Spell phonics and sight words.
  2. Match vocabulary words with the correct definition.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension after reading.
  4. Correctly place verbs in sentences.
  5. Edit and revise a compare and contrast paragraph.
  6. Form the cursive letters <i>A, C, O, U.</i>
5 10.5 - Pond Animals
  1. Spell phonics and sight words.
  2. Apply vocabulary words to their own writing.
  3. Compare and contrast characters.
  4. Edit writing for errors.
  5. Publish a compare and contrast paragraph.
  6. Demonstrate comprehension after independent reading.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Sight Words Spelling Words Vocabulary Words
animals
consonant blends
compare
contrast
future tense
journal
handwriting
cursive
fluency
suffix
revise
edit
independent reading
here
him
his
how
just
know
let
live
may
of
old
once
three
thread
throne
throat
throb
thrill
distressed
urged
satisfied
inquired
stylish
assortment
here
how
just
know
live
of
old
once
distressed
urged
satisfied
inquired
stylish
assortment

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 10.1 - Pond Animals 8 Journal Entry
2 10.2 - Pond Animals 2 Spelling
2 10.2 - Pond Animals 6 Writing
2 10.2 - Pond Animals 7 Handwriting
3 10.3 - Pond Animals 3 Vocabulary
4 10.4 - Pond Animals 2 Spelling
4 10.4 - Pond Animals 4 Reading
4 10.4 - Pond Animals 5 Grammar
4 10.4 - Pond Animals 6 Writing
4 10.4 - Pond Animals 7 Handwriting
5 10.5 - Pond Animals 2 Spelling
5 10.5 - Pond Animals 3 Reading
5 10.5 - Pond Animals 5 Writing
5 10.5 - Pond Animals 6 Independent Reading


Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 10.1 - Pond Animals
  • Have your students practice spelling their spelling and sight words each day. Students should spell them correctly when they write. Use the sight word flashcards daily with your student. Mix them up, show them the words, and ask them to read the sight word. Next, do not show them the word but say the word and ask them to spell the word.
  • During Independent Reading time, have your student read silently to themselves. Ask them to identify the beginning, middle, and end of their story.
2 10.2 - Pond Animals
  • Have your students practice spelling their spelling and sight words each day. Students should spell them correctly when they write. Use the sight word flashcards daily with your student. Mix them up, show them the words, and ask them to read the sight word. Next, do not show them the word but say the word and ask them to spell the word.
  • In your student's Language Arts notebook, have them write for each of their vocabulary words the following: Definition for the word in their own words, illustration for the word (if possible), synonym or antonym for the word and a sentence using the word.
  • During Independent Reading time, have your student read silently to themselves. Ask them to describe the character traits of the main characters in the story they read.
3 10.3 - Pond Animals
  • Have your students practice spelling their spelling and sight words each day. Students should spell them correctly when they write. Use the sight word flashcards daily with your student. Mix them up, show them the words, and ask them to read the sight word. Next, do not show them the word but say the word and ask them to spell the word.
  • Have your student use their spelling words to write a story in their Language Arts notebook.
  • As your student reads "Paddy's New Hat," ask them to describe what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
4 10.4 - Pond Animals
  • Have your student choose five spelling words that they can illustrate and write a sentence describing their illustration in their Language Arts notebook.
  • Have your students practice spelling their spelling and sight words each day. Students should spell them correctly when they write. Use the sight word flashcards daily with your student. Mix them up, show them the words, and ask them to read the sight word. Next, do not show them the word but say the word and ask them to spell the word.
5 10.5 - Pond Animals Review the spelling words with your student before they take their spelling test. Remember to have your student complete their Independent Reading Log.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
10.1 - Pond Animals
  1. What sound does thr- make?
  2. What words have the thr- blend in them?
  3. What does it mean to compare and contrast?
  4. What is a future tense verb?
  5. What is a compare and contrast paragraph?
  6. What does the topic sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  7. What do the body sentences state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  8. What does the concluding sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
10.2 - Pond Animals
  1. What sound does thr- make?
  2. What words have the thr- blend in them?
  3. What does it mean to compare and contrast?
  4. What is a future tense verb?
  5. What is a compare and contrast paragraph?
  6. What does the topic sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  7. What do the body sentences state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  8. What does the concluding sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
10.3 - Pond Animals
  1. What sound does thr- make?
  2. What words have the thr- blend in them?
  3. What does it mean to compare and contrast?
  4. What is a future tense verb?
  5. What is a compare and contrast paragraph?
  6. What does the topic sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  7. What do the body sentences state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  8. What does the concluding sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
10.4 - Pond Animals
  1. What sound does thr- make?
  2. What words have the thr- blend in them?
  3. What does it mean to compare and contrast?
  4. What is a future tense verb?
  5. What is a compare and contrast paragraph?
  6. What does the topic sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  7. What do the body sentences state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  8. What does the concluding sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  9. What are the 5 things you need to check when revising your writing?
10.5 - Pond Animals
  1. What sound does thr- make?
  2. What words have the thr- blend in them?
  3. What does it mean to compare and contrast?
  4. What is a future tense verb?
  5. What is a compare and contrast paragraph?
  6. What does the topic sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  7. What do the body sentences state in a compare/contrast paragraph?
  8. What does the concluding sentence state in a compare/contrast paragraph?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
10.1 - Pond Animals Pond Animals Compare and Contrast
  1. What does it mean to compare?
  2. What does it mean to contrast?
  3. What are some clue words that let us know things are being compared?
  4. What are some clue words that let us know things are being contrasted?
  5. What is a Venn Diagram?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 The Trumpet of the Swan E.B. White 750L
2 A Different Pond Bao Phi 620L
3 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Beatrix Potter AD840L
4 Pond Jim LaMarche AD600L


Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing
1 Visit a local pond to observe the animals there. Discuss the things your student observed.