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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Digging Deeper: Developing Comprehension Using Thank You, Mr. Falker

A read-aloud of Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker helps promote deeper comprehension through questioning to achieve personal connections and discussions of character and theme.

 

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!

 

 

Questioning: A Comprehension Strategy for Small-Group Guided Reading

Students learn about the process of questioning and using webs to organize information during reading and then practice writing factual and inferential questions.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Fractured Fairy Tale tool encourages students to create their own fractured fairy tales.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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  

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

This resource shows how to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to motivate students and enhance literacy learning.

 

Using Generative Sentences to Apply Academic Vocabulary

Using Generative Sentences to Apply Academic Vocabulary

In this guide, you will learn how to use generative sentences to give students opportunities to apply their knowledge of new words in writing.

 

 

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