Read, Write, Think, Enjoy, Repeat!
As I have taught 3rd and 4th grade for 12 years now, I find coming to ReadWriteThink helps make my lessons more meaningful and go deeper. It is tempting to use the same lesson the same way every year, but this can lead to boring, unengaged teaching. The lessons on this website have helped make my lessons sparkle with a new light each time I teach them. I have found lessons with great research-based practices and well thought out resources. I find it helpful to be able to search through a collection of resources prepared by a community of like-minded individuals who love reading, writing, and students. Boring worksheets do not exist here! Instead, I have found organized lessons, graphic organizers, and student interactives kids appreciate. One example of how I have used ReadWriteThink to engage my students is with the lesson "Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story" by Cammie Singleton. When I used this lesson, I had already taught story elements and theme to my students. Rather than work through the same skills with a new book, I was able to use this lesson to see each character from a mentor text in a new perspective. My students loved it!
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Like most educators, I find the challenge of teaching both compelling and humbling. I strive to inspire students with the books, historical events, and knowledge that inspires me. I enjoy creative projects with my family, ranging from building a pillow fort with my kids, to remodeling rooms in our house.
I really like the Alphabet Organizer student interactive. It is a great resource for collecting keywords and concepts in a social studies or science unit.
The Acrostic Poem student interactive is a great tool to get students introduced to poetry.