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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Using Tiered Companion Texts to Comprehend Complex Nonfiction Texts

Students progress through increasingly difficult tiered texts to gain the necessary background knowledge and problem-solving skills to comprehend complex nonfiction texts.

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Diamante Poems

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 
 

 

Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing

Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks

Students read various poems and explore why lines are broken where they are and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance in poetry.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

Professional Development  

The ELA Common Core State Standards-And You

The ELA Common Core State Standards-And You

IRA's first CCSS webinar gives you an opportunity to discuss the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with one of the leaders in the field, Tim Shanahan, who participated on the team that drafted the CCSS and has been an outspoken voice as states begin implementing CCSS in schools.

 

NCTE Position Statement on Reading

NCTE Position Statement on Reading

In order to make sure that all individuals have access to the personal pleasures and intellectual benefits of full literacy, NCTE created the NCTE Position Statement on Reading in February of 1999.

 

 

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