Have you used this strategy? I use it with my 4th and 5th graders every year but 3rd graders could use it too. For those of you who aren't familiar with SQ3R, it is a great strategy to use with non-fiction, especially textbooks. It keeps students actively engaged while writing.
To use it, have each student fold a piece of paper in half hot dog style and give them a non-fiction text.
S - Survey - Students should survey the text. Read headers, bold words, titles, captions etc...
Q - Question - Ask questions about the text. I have students turn the headings and titles into questions. These are written on the left side of the paper.
R- Read - I have my students read one section at a time.
R - wRite - (I know, it doesn't really start with an R) Students write the answers to their questions on the right side of their paper.
R - Review - Students use their notes to review the information in the chapters.
I made a quick template to use with your students - although you can just use lined paper too. Click on the picture to grab your copy!