NYS ELA Module Materials Grade 3

Module 1 (Units 1, 2 & 3)

What is available?

For each module, we have all of the required central texts. We also have many of the recommended texts (in many cases, not all). Information found on Engage NY.

Central Texts:

Rain School (350352)

James Rumford; Lexile: AD420L; multiple books, PI, 2010


It is the first day of school in Chad, Africa. Children are filling the road.


"Will they give us a notebook?" Thomas asks.

"Will they give us a pencil?”

"Will I learn to read?"


But when he and the other children arrive at the schoolyard, they find no classroom, no desks. Just a teacher. "We will build our school," she says. "This is our first lesson."

James Rumford, who lived in Chad as a Peace Corps volunteer, fills these pages with the vibrant colors of Africa and the spare words of a poet to show how important learning is in a country where only a few children are able to go to school.


Nasreen's Secret School (350399)

Jeanette Winter; Lexile: 630L; multiple books, PI, 2009

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared.

In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness? Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.


That Book Woman (350460)

Heather Henson; Lexile: 920L; multiple books, PI, 2008

Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish -- or is she braver than he ever thought?


The Librarian of Basra (350353)

Jeanette Winter; Lexile: AD640L; multiple books, PI, 2004

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.


Thank you, Mr. Falker (350135)

Patricia Polacco; Lexile: AD650L; multiple books, P, 1998

When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but the letters just get jumbled up. She hates being different, and begins to believe her classmates when they call her a dummy. Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees through her sadness to the gifted artist she really is. And when he discovers that she can't read, he helps her prove to herself that she can - and will!


The Boy Who Loved Words (350481)

Roni Schotter; Lexile: AD780L; multiple books, PI, 2006

In this Parents' Choice Gold Awardwinning book, Selig collects words, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle). But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others. And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.


The Incredible Book Eating Boy (350400)

Oliver Jeffers; Lexile: 470L; multiple books, P, 2007

Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth? With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.


Waiting for the Biblioburro (350401)

Monica Brown; Lexile: 880L; multiple books, PI, 2011

Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros-all the books a little girl could dream of, with enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own.


Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the BiblioBurro.


My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World (350398) Margriet Ruurs; Lexile: 980L; multiple books, I, 2005

When we think of a library, we picture a building on a street or perhaps a room in a school. But some libraries aren't kept behind four walls. Some move from place to place in the most remarkable ways: by bus, by boat, by elephant, by donkey, by train, even by wheelbarrow. These unusual mobile libraries are often the only way that books can be brought to people in remote areas, such as the mountains of Thailand, the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, or rural areas of Zimbabwe. In places such as these, the arrival of the libraries is a major and much anticipated event. But the books would never reach the people without the hard work of dedicated librarians and volunteers.

Grade 3 Module 1, Unit 1: Recommended Texts

Beatrice's Goat (350427)

Page McBrier; Lexile: AD640L; multiple books, P, 2004

A young girl's dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer.


Children Around The World (350048)

Donata Montanari; Lexile: AD280L; multiple books, P, 2001

No matter where they live, children are always curious about the world. But nothing proves more fascinating to them than other children. Exploring the themes of commonality and diversity, this informational picture book introduces young readers to 12 children from around the world. Speaking in the first person, the children briefly describe such things as the language, food, clothing, schooling and daily life of their region. One of the most appealing aspects of this book is the artwork, which features the use of fabric, paper, mesh, string and felt in multimedia collage. Through the use of colors and textures, each child emerges with a distinctive and endearing personality.


Clara and the Bookwagon (350431)

Nancy Smiler Levinson; Lexile: 290L; multiple books, PI,1988

Papa will not allow Clara to learn to read—he says that ‘Farm people like us do not have time to read." But when the traveling bookwagon, with persuasive Miss Mary at the reins, arrives at their farm, Papa realizes he must change his mind. Based on the true story of America’s first ‘bookmobile.’ Clara's dream of enriching her rough life on the family farm is fulfilled when a horse-drawn book wagon visits with the country's first traveling library.


A Day's Work (350425)

Eve Bunting; Lexile: 350L; multiple books, P, 1994

When Francisco, a young Mexican American boy, tries to help his grandfather find work, he discovers that even though the old man cannot speak English, he has something even more valuable to teach Francisco.


Going North (350428)

Janice N. Harrington; Lexile: AD700L; multiple books, P, 2004

A young African American girl and her family leave their home in Alabama and head for Lincoln, Nebraska, where they hope to escape segregation and find a better life.


The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy (350380)

Katherine Lasky; Lexile: 1160L; multiple books, IJ,1997

Journey along with Dr. Meg Lowman, a scientist who, with the help of slings, suspended walkways, and mountain-climbing equipment, has managed to ascend into one of our planet's least accessible and most fascinating ecosystems — the rain-forest canopy, an area unexplored until the last ten years and home to previously unknown species of plants and animals.


My Name Is Yoon (350424)

Helen Recorvits; Lexile: 320L; multiple books, P, 2003

Getting to feel at home in a new country Yoon's name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!


Prairie School (350432)

Avi; Lexile: 410L; multiple books, PIJ, 2001

It's the 1880s, Noah works hard on the family farm and roams free on the Colorado prairie. One day his Aunt Dora arrives to give him some schooling. Noah doesn't think he needs it. What use is reading on the prairie? But what Noah discovers will change his life forever.


Ruby's Wish (350426)

Shirin Yim Bridges; Lexile: 600L; multiple books, PI, 2002

Unlike many little girls in old China, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based on the inspirational story of the author's grandmother, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl's independent spirit and her courage to be different. Beautiful illustrations and a feisty heroine combine to make this biographical folktale resonate with a contemporary, girl-power audience.


Running the Road to ABC (350429)

Denize Lauture; Lexile: AD940L; multiple books, P, 1996

Every morning the children wake before dawn, eager to get to school on time. Barefoot they go, their feet remembering the way over the meadows and hills of Haiti, their home. Their journey is accompanied by nature's music, and all around them the deep blue twilight sky is brightening to a sun-swept morning. This story captures the simple joys of starting one's day.


Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys (350430)

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard; Lexile: 190L; multiple books, PI, 2000

Virgie was always begging to go to school with us boys.

"Papa, Mama, can I go too?"

My brothers had doubts. School was seven miles away -- a long way from Mama. Virgie was scarcely big as a field mouse. How could she make the trip? And girls didn't really need school. But I got to thinking: Virgie was free like we were. Free to learn. And didn't girls need to know how to write and add too? Mama and Papa thought so. And one summer, they decided to do something about it. That was the year Virgie came to school with us boys. And she sure showed us!

Grade 3 Module 1, Unit 2: Recommended Texts

Prairie School (350432)

Avi; Lexile: 410L; multiple books, PIJ, 2001

It's the 1880s, Noah works hard on the family farm and roams free on the Colorado prairie. One day his Aunt Dora arrives to give him some schooling. Noah doesn't think he needs it. What use is reading on the prairie? But what Noah discovers will change his life forever.


Thank you, Mr. Falker (350135)

Patricia Polacco; Lexile: AD650L; multiple books, P, 1998

When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but the letters just get jumbled up. She hates being different, and begins to believe her classmates when they call her a dummy. Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees through her sadness to the gifted artist she really is. And when he discovers that she can't read, he helps her prove to herself that she can - and will!


The Bee Tree (350530)

Patricia Polacco; Lexile: 680L; multiple books, PI, 1993

The newest gem from Polacco's treasure chest of family stories extolls the virtues of reading--and of taking a study break. Young Mary Ellen would rather be "outdoors running and playing" than indoors with a book. Sympathetic to her feelings, her grandfather suggests that they find a bee tree. The Michigan woods literally buzz with activity as Mary Ellen and Grampa chase a pollen-laden bee to its far-off hive, picking up curious neighbors and passers-by along the way. Before long the original pair becomes a "thundering stampede of goats, buggies, people and bikes" in search of honey. Polacco's rollicking text provides a bubbly, adventurous tone for her cumulative romp. Boisterous color brings to life the characters' old-fashioned garb and the unspoiled lushness of the rural 19th-century setting. Fine pencil detail highlights stray pieces of hair blown back by the breeze, and the joy and determination on the faces of the honey hunters.


The Wednesday Surprise (350534)

Eve Bunting; Lexile: 540L; multiple books, PI, 1989

Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her.


My Life As a Book (350539)

Janet Tashjian; Lexile: 880L; multiple books, IJ, PERMA-BOUND, 2010

Twelve-year-old Derek has been identified as a reluctant reader. He likes to read, but doesn't enjoy required materials. He says he prefers having his own adventures (tossing as hand grenades the avocados his mother is saving for dinner, climbing onto the roof with a croquet set to hit wooden balls into the satellite dish) to learning about someone else's life. When his teacher gives the class summer reading and writing assignments, Derek finds a way to distract himself from the task. He discovers an old newspaper clipping about a 17-year-old who drowned, and his mother explains that the teen was babysitting him at the time and died saving him. Derek is determined to learn more about her death and his involvement in it. The margins of this book feature vocabulary words illustrated with cartoons. The protagonist is by turns likable and irritating, but always interesting.


That Book Woman (350460)

Heather Henson; Lexile: 920L; multiple books, PI, 2008

Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish -- or is she braver than he ever thought?

Grade 3 Module 1, Unit 3: Recommended Texts

Nothing currently available.

About Us

The MultiMedia library is open 7:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday. Please call or email us if you have any problems or requests!