Additional Background Information on Selections in the Reading Street Text: Grade 3

         

TITLE: AUTHOR: WEBSITES:
UNIT 1    
When Charlie McButton Lost Power Suzanne Collins Author's Home Page
Week 1   Wikipedia: Narrative Poems
    Ready America: Prepare for Blackouts
     
What About Me? Ed Young Wikipedia: Ed Young bio
Week 2   Wikipedia: Fables
    Pacific.net: Aesop's Fables Online Collection
     
Kumak's Fish Michael Bania Author's Home Page
Week 3   Children's Literature: Michael Bania bio
    Wikipedia: Tall Tales
    Wikipedia: Inuits
    Ice Fishing Videos (youtube and other websites)
     
Supermarket Kathleen Krull Author's Home Page
Week 4   Wikipedia: Expository Writing
    Wikipedia: Supermarkets
    Wikipedia: List of Supermarket Chains in the U.S.
     
My Rows and Piles of Coins Tolowa M. Mollel Author's Home Page
Week 5   Answers.com: Tolowa Mollel bio
    Wikipedia: Coins
    The United States Mint
     
UNIT 2    
Penguin Chick Beth Tatham Author's Home Page
Week 1   Wikipedia: Penguins
    Penguin Images
     
I Wanna Iguana Karen Orloff Kaufman Author's Home Page
Week 2   Wikipedia: Iguanas
    about.com: Keeping Iguanas as Pets
    Iguana Images
     
Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It Carey Armstrong-Ellis Author's Home Page
Week 3   Jacketflap.com: Carey Armstrong-Ellis
    Wikipedia: Fantasy
     
Tops & Bottoms Janet Stevens Author's Home Page
Week 4    
     
Amazing Bird Nests Ron Fridell Author's Home Page
Week 5   Jacketflap.com (Ron Fridell)
    50birds: Bird Nests
     
UNIT 3    
How Do You Raise a Raisin? Pam Munoz Ryan Author's Home Page
Week 1   Grapes from California
    Growing Grapes for Home Use (University of Minnesota)
    Raisins.net
     
Pushing Up the Sky Joseph Bruchac Author's Home Page
Week 2   Wikipedia: Drama
    Wikipedia: Mythology
    Everett, WA
    Totem Pole Images
    Totem Poles
     
Seeing Stars Donna Latham Author's Home Page
Week 3   Wikipedia: Astronomy
    Astronomy.com
    Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA)
    Astronomy for Kids
     
A Symphony of Whales Steve Schuch Author's Home Page
Week 4   Wikipedia: Fiction
    Enchanted Learning: Whales
    Whales (from producers of new IMAX film on whales)
     
Around One Cactus Anthony D. Fredericks Author's Home Page
Week 5   embracingthechild.org (Anthony Fredericks)
    Saguaro National Park
    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    Death Valley National Park
    Mojave National Preserve
    Wikipedia: Cactus
     
UNIT 4    
The Man Who Invented Basketball: James Naismith and His Amazing Game Edwin Brit Wyckoff Author's Home Page
Week 1   Wikipedia: Biography
    Wikipedia: James Naismith
    About.com: James Naismith
    About.com: History of Basketball
    National Basketball Association
     
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest Steve Jenkins Author's Home Page
Week 2   Guinness World Records
    Wikipedia: World Records
     
Rocks in His Head Carol Otis Hurst Author's Home Page
Week 3   Wikipedia: Geology
    Geology.com
    Rocks for Kids
     
America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle David A. Adler Author's Home Page
Week 4   Wikipedia: Gertrude Ederle
    Gertrude Ederle Images
    USA Swimming
    Wikipedia: World records- Swimming
     
Fly, Eagle, Fly! Christopher Gregorowski Author's Home Page
Week 5   Wikipedia: Folklore
    Wikipedia: Eagles
     
UNIT 5    
Suki's Kimono Chieri Uegaki Author's Home Page
Week 1   Answers.com (Chieri Uegaki)
    Wikipedia: Kimono
    Kimono Images
     
I Love Saturdays y domingos Alma Flor Ada Author's Home Page
Week 2   English-Spanish-English Dictionary
    Wikipedia: Mexico
     
Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong Frances Park and Ginger Park Authors' Home Page
Week 3   Wikipedia: Korea
    Wikipedia: Brighton, MA
    Mapquest: Brighton, MA
     
Jalapeno Bagels Natasha Wing Author's Home Page
Week 4   Wikipedia: Bagel
    The Fresh Loaf: Recipe for Bagels
    Wikipedia: Jalapeno
    Jalapeno Madness: All About the Jalapeno Pepper
     
Me and Uncle Romie Claire Hartfield Author's Home Page
Week 5   Illinoisauthors.org (Claire Hartfield)
    Wikipedia: Historical Fiction
    New York City Guide
    Wikipedia: New York City
    Wikipedia: Penn Station
    Statue of Liberty National Monument
    Wikipedia: Empire State Building
    Central Park
     
UNIT 6    
The Story of the Statue of Liberty Betsy & Giulio Maestro Authors' Home Page
Week 1   Statue of Liberty National Monument
    Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
    Academic Kids: Statue of Liberty
    Statue of Liberty Images
    "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus
     
Happy Birthday Mr. Kang Susan L. Roth Author's Home Page
Week 2   Wikipedia: Sara Delano Roosevelt Park
    Sara Delano Roosevelt (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site)
     
Talking Walls: Art for People Katacha Diaz Author's Home Page
Week 3    
     
Two Bad Ants Chris Van Allsburg Author's Home Page
Week 4   Wikipedia: Ants
    Pest World for Kids: Ants
     
     
Atlantis: The Legend of a Lost City Christina Balit Author's Home Page
Week 5   Macmillan books (Christina Balit)
    Wikipedia: Atlantis