It is really nice to have some quiet time to reflect on the school year and to begin thinking about changes for next year. I started "math workshop" this year and I wanted to take the time to blog about it while it is still fresh in my mind. The biggest challenge that I always have when teaching math with my third graders is meeting the needs of all students. This year, before I started my math rotations, math time was like a juggling act!
Amy Zuckerman and Jim Daly, illustrated by: John Manders - Dutton, 32 pages. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents.
Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious.
Best Friends for Frances by: Russell Hoban, illustrated by: To her surprise, Gloria makes a good friend, but can she ever be a best friend? If your child enjoys this book, introduce her to other stories in this series including A Birthday for Frances.
Kids who like making friends.
Find Best Friends for Frances at your local library. The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by: Minna grows up with some odd friends and relatives. Minna Pratt is an amazingly delightful book, a book that makes you smile all through it, a book that makes you want to know all of the characters in real life.
George and Martha by: James Marshall - Houghton Mifflin Company, 48 pages. George and Martha are two hilarious hippo friends who invariably get themselves into sticky situations. Find George and Martha at your local library. Jan Brett - Putnam Juvenile, 32 pages.
Henny wants to raise little chicks, but an elf keeps stealing her eggs before they hatch. Your child will be surprised to learn how her friend Hedgie helps Henny scare off the bothersome elf once and for all. A Letter to Amy by: In this classic book about friendship, Peter has a falling-out with his friend Amy.
Peter fears the worst — that Amy will not come to his birthday party. Find A Letter to Amy at your local library. Janell Cannon - Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 46 pages. Stellaluna is a baby fruit bat happily flying along with her mother when an owl attacks.
The mother bird accepts Stellaluna as long as she acts like a bird, not a bat. Soon enough, Stellaluna learns to eat bugs and stop hanging by her feet. When she finally has a chance to show her bird siblings, Pip, Flutter and Flap, what life as a bat is like, they are left all in a muddle: Want to see the movie?
The animated adaptation fleshes out the picture book with additional characters and songs while staying true to the story. Find Stellaluna at your local library. Holly Meade - Candlewick, 40 pages. Jane Yolen and Heidi E.
Philippe Beha - Crocodile Books, pages. The tales are divided into four sections: The colorful illustrations add to the fun, and margin notes provide additional information on main ingredients and the stories and their origins. Adult supervision will be necessary for completing the recipes, but this book would be a great way for the whole family to share a reading and eating experience.
Kids who like to cook. Marjorie Priceman - Random House, 40 pages. A young baker travels the world to find the finest ingredients for her apple pie. On her journey, she introduces the reader to cultures and products from around the globe.I still teach a whole group writing lesson, but then meet with a small writing group during independent writing to help those students work on our skill for the day.
After writing that is the group that gets to share their writing with the class. Teacher's Clubhouse offers elementary emergency substitute activities for kindergarten substitutes, first grade substitutes, second grade substitutes, third grade substitutes, fourth grade substitutes, and fifth grade substitutes.
Promotion Speech Genre: Sample Promotion Speeches. These promotion speech samples were all written by sixth grade students.
These pieces are excellent examples of promotion speeches, but as with all writing, even the most famous masterpieces, there is room for revision. According to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 28% of fourth graders, 31% of eighth graders, and 24% of twelfth graders performed at or above a proficient (i.e., competent) level of writing achievement for their respective grade level (Persky, Daane, & .
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Science Stations for third grade help students understand how animals and plants relate to each other and to their environment. This section provides a summary of the key third grade curriculum and learning objectives for language arts, math, social studies, and science.
Under each is a more detailed description of what children learn in third grade subjects, including detailed lesson descriptions of Time4Learning learning.