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Benchmark Books and Indicators - Third Grade:FALL

Pandas in the Mountains
By Beverley Randell
Gold Level
DRA Level: 24-28

Text Characteristics

  • Texts are longer and read over many sessions.
  • Chapters can contain smaller, concise stories (episodes) within the larger book.
  • Few or no pictures.
  • Texts often center around just two or three main characters (They tend to have distinctive personalities and usually don’t change across a book or series.)
  • Plots are usually linear without large time gaps.
  • Texts can contain more than one form/feature.

Reader Behaviors

  • Rereads and self-corrects regularly.
  • Reads with fluency, intonation, and phrasing.
  • Integrates cues from meaning, structure, and visual sources.
  • Monitors for meaning: checks to make sure what has been read makes sense, sounds right, and looks right.