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Resources for Grades 3-4

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Lesson Plans

 

Creating a Classroom Newspaper

Students write authentic newspaper stories, including learning about various aspects of newspapers, such as writing an article, online articles, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

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

 

 

Guided Comprehension: Previewing Using an Anticipation Guide

Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of previewing.

 

 

Eye on Idioms

Eye on Idioms

The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 
 

 

Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Students create poetry collections with the theme of "getting to know each other." They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

 

 

Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer

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

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Performing Literature to Promote Fluency and Comprehension

This study guide outlines three reading methods--Readers Theatre, choral reading, and performing poetry-- that can be used to promote fluency and comprehension.

 

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Laminack and Wood describe, in accessible and lively prose, both the theoretical foundations and the practical details of whole language classrooms.

 

 

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Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

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