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Resources for Grades 3-4

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Home Classroom Resources Grades 3-4

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Lesson Plans

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

Fractured Fairy Tales

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

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Animal Inquiry

Animal Inquiry

Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Matching Books and Readers: Selecting Literature for English Learners

Matching Books and Readers: Selecting Literature for English Learners

This article offers suggestions on how to choose books to aid English learners with language acquisition and comprehension.

 

Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English.

 

 

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