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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

 

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.

 

 

The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings

Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.

 

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

This guide introduces I-Charts, a strategy that enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing.

 

 

Community Stories  

Tiffany Clark

ReadWriteThink: A Framework for Success

Tiffany Clark | 3rd/4th Grade Teacher | Urbana, IL

Many teachers feel like thereís just not enough time in the day to craft profound lessons, answer all the questions, squeeze in all the state standards, and differentiate the curriculum for every studentís needs