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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Figurative Language: Teaching Idioms

It's raining cats and dogs! Students explore figurative language through read-alouds, teacher modeling, and student-centered activities, further developing their understanding of the literal versus the metaphorical translations of idioms.

 

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.

 

 

Once Upon a Link: A PowerPoint Adventure With Fractured Fairy Tales

What really happened to the three little pigs? Students will read and write fractured fairy tales. In composing and editing these tales, students focus on the six traits of writing.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

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

 
 

 

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

 

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Response to Intervention Webinar Series: Core Instruction

IRA Commission (and participants) reviewed the key elements of good first instruction and framework for classroom literacy instruction K-6.

 

Text Complexity and Close Reading

Text Complexity and Close Reading

To really teach a text well, and to develop students' habits for tackling texts, teachers have to understand what factors contribute to text complexity. We will discuss each of these factors and determine ways that teachers can develop close reading lessons to build students' skills.

 

 

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David Brown | Teacher | Aurora, MO

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