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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Lesson Plans

 

Acquiring New Vocabulary Through Book Discussion Groups

This lesson employs direct instruction and small-group discussion to help students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say.

 

Student Interactives

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 

 

To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Poetry from Prose

Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 
 

 

Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

This unit introduces students to a variety of poetic forms and elements, as they compile their own collections of poetry.

 

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Authoring With Video

Authoring With Video

Use a video-based platform as an inspiration for writing.

 

Write This Way: How Modeling Transforms the Writing Classroom

Write This Way: How Modeling Transforms the Writing Classroom

In this one-hour Web seminar, Kelly Boswell will share how to transform student writers by infusing short bursts of purposeful teacher modeling. As students watch an adult writer think, talk and write, they can develop the skills needed in order to craft writing that is both polished and purposeful.

 

 

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