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Resources for Grades 3-4

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Lesson Plans

 

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters

Students explore the nature and structure of expository texts that focus on cause and effect and apply what they learned using graphic organizers and writing paragraphs to outline cause-and-effect relationships.

 

Student Interactives

 

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.

 

 

Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Get Close to Think Deeply: Creating Primary-Level Close Readings

Get Close to Think Deeply: Creating Primary-Level Close Readings

Close readings allow primary students to engage with complex texts. Through repeated reading, students build a deep understanding of the text and critical thinking skills.

 

Using Partner Talk to Strengthen Student Collaboration and Understanding

Using Partner Talk to Strengthen Student Collaboration and Understanding

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn about Partner Talk—a way to provide students with another learning opportunity to make learning their own through collaboration and discussion.

 

 

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Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

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