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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Artistic Elements: Exploring Art Through Descriptive Writing

Paint a vivid picture in your reader's mind with good descriptive writing! Artwork provides the perfect starting point for practicing descriptive writing that conveys color, shape, line, and mood.

 

Student Interactives

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

 

Readers Theatre

Students develop scripts, perform, and use their voices to depict characters from texts, giving them the opportunity to develop fluency and further enhance comprehension of what they are reading.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

Teaching Literacy Across the Gradual Release of Responsibility

This series of strategy guides considers the ways that reading instruction in various contexts works together to help students develop independence as readers. Each strategy guide presents a strategy or instructional context in isolation, but this series of strategy guides is designed to support teachers as they explore the ways reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading all work together.

 

The Literacy Coach's Desk Reference: Processes and Perspectives for Effective Coaching

The Literacy Coach's Desk Reference: Processes and Perspectives for Effective Coaching

Cathy Toll offers practical information for pre-K12 literacy coaches on conferencing with individual teachers and groups, as well as on providing demonstration lessons, services to entire schools, and services to students.

 

 

Community Stories  

Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

In order to be able to do this I am constantly on the hunt for great teaching ideas and ReadWriteThink is one of my favorite places to search for inspiration