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The Arrow and the Song
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1. Why didn't the writer know where the arrow landed?
2. Why didn't this person know where his song went?
3. Where was the arrow found? When was it found?
4. Where was the song found?

The poem "The Arrow and the Song" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

Bed in Summer
by Robert Louis Stevenson

1. Why is the child in this poem upset?
2. What is still taking place when the child has to go to bed?
3. How does the child appeal to the reader?
4. What in this poem is no longer true for children today? What is still true?

The poem "Bed in Summer" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

The Lamplighter
by Rober Louis Stevenson

1. Who was Leerie? What was his job?
2. What were some of the jobs people did or wanted to do? What did this child want to do?
3. How rich was the child's family?
4. What was Leerie's job?
5. What did the child in this poem want from Leerie?

The poem "The Lamplighter" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

Little Things
by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

1. How could drops of water make an ocean?
2. How could a grain of sand make a land?
3. Why are minutes thought to be humble?
4. How can minutes make "the ages" and "eternity"?

The poem "Little Things" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

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Greek Myths and Stories
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The Greek Myths and Stories curriculum unit for third graders includes "Damon and Pythias" (story), "The Golden Touch" (story), One Hundred Lyrics - "No. 39" (poem), "The Sphinx's Riddle" (story), and "The Wonderful Weaver" (story).

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Titles are listed in alphabetical order. If a poem begins with an "A" or "The," it is listed by the next word in the title.

Merry Sunshine
by an unknown author

1. What did the child in this poem think the sun had done that morning?
2. What did she think the sun did at night? What did she wonder?
3. How did the sun disagree with the child?
4. What did the sun do on its way back to see the child?

The poem "Merry Sunshine" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

The Miller of the Dee
by Charles Mackay

1. What was the miller like? What was his song?
2. How did the king feel in verse two?
3. What made the miller joyful?
4. What was no longer true about the miller's song?

The poem "The Miller of the Dee" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson

1. Of what use was the child's shadow? Who did it look like?
2. What was funny about this child's shadows?
3. How did this child's shadow play?
4. In the last stanza of the poem, where was the shadow?

The poem "My Shadow" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

One Hundred Lyrics - No. 39
by Sappho

1. (from verses 1 and 3) Who was homesick? Where did he want to go?
2. (from verses 1 and 3) How did this sailor feel?
3. (from verse 2) What did this poem say all people do? What did it say was better than those things?
4. Why might people long for home in early Greece?

The poem One Hundred Lyrics -- "No. 39" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Or immediately download its full curriculum and reading sheet, along with other Greek myths/stories, in SL3: Greek Myths and Stories. Preview either book by clicking on the title.

The Seedling
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

1. Where was the seedling? What was the first choice it made?
2. What did the first leaflet do? Who was the leaflet's brother?
3. What did the leaflets become? What did they take and drink?
4. How can a child be like the seedling?

The poem "The Seedling" is found in the public domain. You can find it yourself, or download it immediately in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title. 

The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson

1. How is the reader pulled into this poem?
2. How might the author feel about swinging on a swing?
3. What can a child see when she is high in the air? What have you seen high in the air on a swing?
4. How does this poem make you feel the up and down motion of swinging?

The poem "The Swing" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in 
SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

Two Dead Boys
by Author Unknown

1. What are three opposites in this poem?
2. What do you find humorous about this poem?
3. Could this poem be a nonsense poem?
4. If this isn't a nonsense poem, what kind of poem is it?

The poem "Two Dead Boys" can be found online. It's in the public domain. You can use the online version or immediately download it in SL3: Comprehension Questions and Reading Sheets, along with many other third-grade reading sheets for stories and poems. Preview this eBook by clicking on the title.

 

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