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Age 7-9: Concept 3 - Cycles: Unit 1

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


  • 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: Preparing for Poppy (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Mr. Ocax
  • Lesson 3: The Emergency Meeting
  • Lesson 4: Standing Before Mr. Ocax
  • Lesson 5: Poppy and Poppa
  • Lesson 6: Dimwood Forest
  • Lesson 7: Ereth
  • Lesson 8: On the Way to New House
  • Lesson 9: The Truth at Last
  • Lesson 10: The Battle
  • Lesson 11: Writing Project
  • Lesson 12: A New Beginning
  • Final Project: Poppy

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters' actions and the consequences. (Language Arts)
  • Ask and answer relevant questions. (Language Arts)
  • Compose first drafts using an appropriate writing process: planning and drafting, rereading for meaning, revising to clarify, and refining writing with guided discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Connect and compare information within and across selections (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to expand knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Connect experiences and ideas with those of others. (Language Arts)
  • Describe a character in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Develop vocabulary by listening to and discussing both familiar and conceptually challenging selections. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss an author's choices for nouns, verbs, modifiers, and specific vocabulary, which help the reader comprehend a text or make the text more interesting. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts among texts. (Language Arts)
  • Explain new concepts and information in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Gain increasing control of grammar when speaking and writing, such as using subject-verb agreement, complete sentences, and correct tense. (Language Arts)
  • Identify synonyms and antonyms of words. (Language Arts)
  • Increase oral and written vocabulary by listening, discussing, and composing texts when responding to literature that is read and heard. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and discuss examples of an author's use of punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and discuss examples of the author's use of paragraphs in texts and their effects on the reader. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products (e.g., narratives of personal experiences, creative stories, skits based on familiar stories and/or experiences). (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize distinguishing features of familiar genres. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text information in different ways, including story maps, graphs, and charts. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a spoken message by summarizing or clarifying. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize events in a passage. (Language Arts)
  • Use correct punctuation in own writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to draw connections between literature and one's own life. (Language Arts)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to interpret written and oral messages. (Language Arts)
  • Use resources, references, and context to build word meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Use structural cues such as prefixes and suffixes to recognize words, for example, un- and -ly. (Language Arts)
  • Use structural cues to recognize words such as compound, base words, and inflections such as -s, -es, -ed, and -ing. (Language Arts)
  • Use technology to enhance the presentation of information to an audience for a specific purpose. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct investigations using simple tools. (Science)
  • Examine food chains in nature. (Science)
  • Identify characteristics of living organisms. (Science)
  • Recognize cause and effect relationships. (Science)
  • Compare similarities and differences between self and others. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the interdependence among people in a community. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate rules and laws and appropriate consequences for noncompliance. (Social Studies)
  • Interpret maps and pictures of locations. (Social Studies)
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