PSSA Grammar - Grade 3

 
 

Grade 3 Matrix

PARTS of SPEECH

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

General

Explain 1) the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and 2) their function in particular sentences.

 

 

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-Parts of Speech

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

# 30 page 46

Nouns

Form and use regular and irregular (e.g., men, children) plural nouns. (D.1.1.2)

 

 

Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

 

 

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-nouns

-plural nouns

-possessive nouns

 

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-nouns

 

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Mentor Text: A Mink, A Fink, and a Skating Rink By Brian Cleary

 

Additional Grade 3 PSSA

Language Items #1

Irregular Plural Nouns

 

Additional Grade 3 PSSA Language Practice Items #2

Possessive Nouns

 

 

Pronouns

 

Unit 1, Lesson 19 Confer:  Edit for pronouns and tense

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-Personal Pronouns

 

Verbs

Form and use regular and irregular verbs.

 

Form and use simple verb tenses:  past, present, future (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk).

 

 

Unit 3, Lesson 9 Share:  Handling shifts in time and tense

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-Verbs and Their Tenses

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

# 31 page 47

 

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-verbs

Adjectives and Adverbs

Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs appropriately.

 

 

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-Adjectives and Adverbs

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#33 page 49

Conjunctions

Use coordinating (e.g., and, or) and subordinating (e.g., but, for, yet, so) conjunctions.

Unit 2, Lesson 13 Mid-Workshop:  Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

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-conjunctions

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#34 page 49

 

 

 

AGREEMENT

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

Subject-Verb Agreement

Ensure subject-verb agreement.

 

 

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-Subject and Verb Agreement

 

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#32 page 48

 

 

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Ensure pronoun-antecedent agreement.

D.1.1.6

Unit 2, Lesson 13 Mid-Workshop:  Making Pronoun-Antecedent Connections

Additional Grade 3 PSSA Language Practice Items

 #3

 

 

SENTENCES

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

Types of Sentences

Produce three types of sentences:

  • Simple:  Subject-Verb, expresses complete thought
  • Compound:  2 independent clauses connected by coordinator
  • Complex:  Independent and dependent clauses, using subordinators like becausesincealthoughifwhenwhile, or others

 

Unit 4, Lesson 12 Mini-Lesson:  Editing for sentence variety; Conferring:  Helping construct complex sentences; Mid-Workshop:  Finding examples of types of sentences

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-Types of Sentences

 

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-Types of Sentences

 

 

Mentor Texts: The Web Files Margie Palatini

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#41 page 54

 

 

CAPITALIZATION

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

Titles

Capitalize appropriate words in titles.

 

Unit 1, Lesson 6 Mid-Workshop

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#35 & 36 page 50

 

 

 

PUNCTUATION

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

Commas

Use commas in addresses.

 

Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

 

Unit 4, Lesson 18 Share:  Commas in a series

 

Unit 1, Lesson 16:  Punctuating Dialogue

 

Unit 2, Lesson 19 Conferring:  Using direct quotes from texts

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-Commas and clauses

-Commas with adjectives/lists

 

Mentor Text: Something Beautiful  Sharon Dennis Wyeth

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#37 page 51

Apostrophes

Form and use possessives (e.g., Heidi’s).

 

 

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-Contractions

-Possessives

 

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-Possessive

 

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#38 page 51

 

 

SPELLING

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

High-frequency words

Use conventional spelling.

 

Unit 1, Lesson 6:  Create personal lists of words and mnemonics, break words into syllables

 

Unit 4, Lesson 11 Share:  Frequently misspelled words

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#39 page 52

Adding suffixes

Add suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).   D.1.2.5

 

 

Additional Grade 3 PSSA Language Practice Items

 Item #4

 

Spelling patterns and generalizations

Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts).

Unit 3, Lesson 5 Mid-Workshop:  Using tools for spellling

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

#40 page 53

 

 

 

 

WORD USAGE

Topic

PA Core Eligible Content

Units of Study Lessons

How This Might Look in Practice?

Diction

Use words and phrases for effect.

 

Unit 1, Lesson 19 Mid-Workshop:  Checking for sense

 

Unit 2, Lesson 6 Mid-Workshop:  Transition words

 

Unit 3, Lesson 11 Share:  Transition words

PSSA Prelim Item

Sampler 2013-2014

 #39 page 52