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ELA Grade 3 Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
by Jeanette Winter
one per student
ISBN: 9781416994374
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World
by Margriet Ruurs
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781590780930
Rain School
by James Rumford
one per student
ISBN: 9780547243078
Thank You, Mr. Falker
by Patricia Polacco
one per classroom
ISBN: 9780399257629
Waiting for the Biblioburro
by Monica Brown
one per classroom
ISBN: 9781582463537
More Than Anything Else
by Marie Bradby
one per classroom
ISBN: 9780531094648

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Steamboat School
by Deborah Hopkinson
Informational 660
Six Dots: A Story of Louis Braille
by Jen Bryant
Informational 590
First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
by Susan E. Goodman
Informational 770
Who is Malala Yousafzai?
by Dinah Brown
Informational 680
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
by Elizabeth Fitzerald Howard
Literary 190
The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
Literary 630
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education
by Liz Suneby
Literary 680
My Name Is Sangoel
by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Literary 440
La Mariposa
by Francisco Jimenez
Literary 750
Freedom's School
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Literary
Four Feet, Two Sandals
by Karen Lynn Wiliams
Literary 620
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 640

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Everything You Need to Know about Frogs: And Other Slippery Creatures
by DK Publishing
1 per student
ISBN: 9780756682323
Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle
by Deborah Dennard
1 per student
ISBN: 9781607270690
Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs: Poems and Paintings
by Douglas Florian
1 per class
ISBN: 9780152052485

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Transparent Wonder
by EL Education
The Amazon Horned Frog
by EL Education
All about the Water-Holding Frog
by EL Education
Poison Dart Frog
by EL Education
Why the Poison Dart Frog Is So Colorful
by EL Education
Why the Frog Has a Long Tongue
by EL Education

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Life Cycle of a Frog
by Bobbie Kalman & Kathryn Smithyman
Informational 910
The Frog in the Well
by Alvin Tresselt
Informational
Leaps and Bounce
by Susan Hood
Literary
Frogs
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 600
With the Frogs
by J.C. Greenburg
Literary 570
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
Literary 1 140
Tuesday
by David Wiesner
Literary
Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout
by Megan McDonald
Literary 500
A Place for Frogs
by Melissa Stewart
Informational 930
Marsh Music
by Marianne Berkes
Literary
Frogs! Strange and Wonderful
by Laurence Pringle
Informational 980
Frogs
by Seymour Simon
Informational
Frogs
by Nic Bishop
Informational 890
Frog Song
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Informational 950
The Frog Prince, Continued
by Jon Scieszka
Literary 600
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody
by Nancy Loewen
Literary 540
Face to Face with Frogs (Face to Face with Animals
by Mark W. Moffett
Informational 940
Fabulous Frogs
by Sally Thompson
Informational
Amphibian (Eyewitness DVD)
by David Hanson
Informational

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Peter Pan (Classic Starts)
by J. M. Barrie
1 per student
ISBN: 9781402754210

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“Peter Pan: The Author and Historical Context.”
by EL Education
(Included in the module materials)
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
by J.M. Barrie
+ Show Notes – Hide Notes
(Included in the module materials)
Project Gutenberg, 2008

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales
by Diane Wolkstein
Literary 710
Peach Boy and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories
by Florence Sakade
Literary
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out! Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood
by Patricia McKissack
Literary 990
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales and True Tales
by Virginia Hamilton
Literary 880
Joha Makes A Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale
by Eric A. Kimmel
Literary 500
Nasreddine
by Odile Weulersse
Literary 980
Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears: A West African Tale
by Verna Aardema
Literary 770
The Coyote Under The Table: El Coyote Debajo De La Mesa : Folktales Told In Spanish And English
by Joe Hayes
Literary 780
A Spoon for Every Bite / Cada Bocado con Nueva Cuchara
by Joe Hayes
Literary
The Storyteller
by Evan Turk
Literary 970
El Cucuy! : A Bogeyman Cuento
by Joe Hayes
Literary 770
The Green Frogs
by Yumi Heo
Literary 790
Lost Boy: The Story Of The Man Who Created Peter Pan
by Jane Yolen
Informational 970
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
by Marianna Mayer
Literary 820
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
Literary 1 910
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
by Nelson Mandela
Literary
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection
by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy
Literary
The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales
by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
Literary
Native American Stories (Myths and Legends)
by Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto
Literary
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
by Virginia Hamilton
Literary
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales
by Amy Ehrlich
Literary
Aesop's Fables
by Jerry Pinkney
Literary
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Deluxe Hardcover Classic
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Literary
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales
by Hans Christian Andersen
Literary
The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes
Literary 870
Boy: Tales of Childhood
by Roald Dahl
Informational 1 090
James and the Giant Peach
by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
Literary 870
Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
Literary 1 000
Stuart Little
by E.B. White
Literary 920
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Literary 860
Ramona the Pest
by Beverly Cleary
Literary 850
All-of-a-Kind-Family
by Sydney Taylor
Literary 750
Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater
Literary 910
My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Literary
The Borrowers
by Mary Norton
Literary
Some Writer: the Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Informational 1 030
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White
Literary 680
Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson
Literary 770
Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
Literary 870
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting
Literary 580

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Water Dance
by Thomas Locker
1 per class
ISBN: 9780152163969
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
1 per class
ISBN: 9780803735118
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
by Rochelle Strauss
1 per student
ISBN: 9781553379546

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Dry Days in Australia
by Ann Weil
Junior Scholastic , 2007
Real Lives: Angola, Africa
by UNICEF
2016
Population Growth
by USGS
USGS, 2016
Access to Freshwater.
by Triple Pundit
Triple Pundit, 2013

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
by Joyce Sidman
Literary
Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
Informational 830
Over and Under the Pond
by Kate Messner
Informational 660
Hydrology: The Study of Water
by Christine Taylor-Butler
Informational 790
A Good Trade
by Alma Fullerton
Literary 1 030
Voices of the Dust Bowl
by Sherry Garland
Informational
Water Rolls, Water Rises: El agua rueda, el agua sube
by Pat Mora
Informational 930
Green River
by Lee WonKyeong
Literary 450
Clean Water (Sally Ride Science)
by Beth Geiger
Informational 930
Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 130
A Cool Drink of Water
by Barbara Kerley
Informational
Water Wow! A Visual Exploration
by Antonia Banyard and Ayer Paula
Informational 1 070
Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World
by Beatrice Hollyer
Informational 890
Water (National Geographic Kids Reader Level 3)
by Melissa Stewart
Informational 740
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
by Paul Miranda
Informational
You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Clean Water!
by Roger Canavan
Informational 1 070
Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home
by Michelle Mulder
Informational 1 050
Anna Carries Water
by Olive Senior
Literary
The Water Princess
by Susan Verde
Literary 290
Hope Springs
by Eric Walters
Literary
Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day
by Emily Jenkins
Literary 590
The Storyteller
by Evan Turk
Literary 870
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
by Verna Aardema
Literary

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