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Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 3

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies Unit 3, Connected Cultures.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Move
  • Lesson 2: Meeting the Neighbors
  • Lesson 3: The Softball Game
  • Lesson 4: A New Dog
  • Lesson 5: A Visit from Germs
  • Lesson 6: A New Petition
  • Lesson 7: The Swim Club
  • Lesson 8: Moving
  • Lesson 9: A Letter (2 Days)
  • Lesson 10: I Have a Dream
  • Lesson 11: The End
  • Final Project: Character Interviews (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters, including their traits, relationships, actions, and changes. (Language Arts)
  • Choose and adapt spoken language appropriate to the audience, purpose, and occasion, including use of appropriate volume and rate. (Language Arts)
  • Choose the correct irregular verb when used in a sentence. (Language Arts)
  • Connect and compare information within and across selections (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to experience and gain knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Connect life experiences with the life experiences and cultures of others. (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within and across texts. (Language Arts)
  • Edit for appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and features of polished writings. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and describe new vocabulary in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas for writing by using prewriting techniques such as drawing and listing key thoughts. (Language Arts)
  • Identify contractions and use them in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify fact and opinion statements. (Language Arts)
  • Increase oral and written vocabulary by listening, discussing, and composing texts when responding to literature that is read and heard. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products. (Language Arts)
  • Pose possible how, why, and what if questions to understand or interpret text. (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the story problem(s) or plot. (Language Arts)
  • Record knowledge of a topic in various ways such as by drawing pictures. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to events and characters in stories. (Language Arts)
  • Revise selected drafts for varied purposes, including to achieve a sense of audience, precise word choices, and vivid images. (Language Arts)
  • Use basic capitalization and punctuation correctly, such as capitalizing names and first letters in sentences, using periods, question marks, and exclamation points. (Language Arts)
  • Use more complex capitalization and punctuation with increasing accuracy such as proper nouns, abbreviations, commas, apostrophes, and quotation marks. (Language Arts)
  • Use verbal and nonverbal communication in effective ways such as making announcements, giving directions, or making introductions. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes such as lists to record, letters to invite or thank, and stories or poems to entertain. (Language Arts)
  • Write sentences using plural and singular subjects and check for subject verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Write to communicate with a variety of audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Write with more proficient spelling of inflectional endings, including plurals and verb tenses. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the story problem or plot. (LA) (Science)
  • Identify examples of responsible citizen participation in society and social environments. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical figures and events associated with various cultural traditions and holidays celebrated around the world. (Social Studies)
  • Identify individuals of diverse cultures and describe their contributions to society. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative location of communities. (Social Studies)
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