• Course Description

    In this course, students build on the language and literacy foundational skills established in the primary grades. The course is structured, systematic, phonic-based (matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters), multisensory, and scaffolded to include a written spelling component.

    Grade Level(s): Third Grade

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  K-5 Missouri Learning Standards & ELA Priority Standards

    Essential Questions

    • How do readers create meaning from informational and literary texts?
    • How does a student become a skilled reader?
    • How do phonemic awareness and phonics impact learning to read?
    • How do sound and letter relationships help a student learn to write?

    Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

    • Students will decode multisyllabic words in context and independent of context by applying common spelling patterns 
    • Students will use the meaning of common prefixes and suffixes
    • Students will understand the meaning of homophones

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    • Lessons 1-15: Short Vowels, Blends, and Sight Word Review
    • Lessons 16-25: Compound Words, Suffixes, and Sight Words
    • Lessons 26-70: Syllable Types and Sight Words
    • Lessons 71-80: Prefixes, Syllable Division, and Sight Words 
    • Lessons 81-100: Suffixes, Syllable Division, and Sight Words
    • Lessons 101-110: Contractions, Doubling Rules, and Sight Words 
    • Lessons 111-125: Prefixes, Contractions, and Syllable Division
    • Lessons 126-170: Contractions, Suffixes, and Sight Words
    • Lessons 171-180: Doubling Rule and e Rule Review

    Course Resources & Materials: Sonday System Essentials

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022