Hello darlings! In third grade my kiddos already know word attack strategies such as chunking and stretching out the word. Chunky Monkey and Stretchy Snake come to mind among others. But I tell my kiddos that now that they are in third grade, we aren't just learning to read, we are READING TO LEARN! Of course I have kiddos reading at all different levels and bands of text, but I still teach them all these Context Clues strategies! It is great that we know how to SAY unknown words, but what happens when we start getting into harder vocabulary that we can pronounce, but we don't know what it means? This is ... Read More about Don’t Be a Word Victim: Using Context Clues Effectively
Hello darlings! We are currently working on Persuasive writing. In third grade, our kiddos are expected to write an introduction with a thesis statement, 3 detailed reason paragraphs, and a conclusion. When we start off, I always model an entire Persuasive piece and we work together as a class. This year my kiddos wanted to persuade the principal to allow us to have two recesses a day instead of just one. When I start to get kiddos to write on their own, we start off simply by learning how to write one paragraph with a strong opinion backed up with solid details. To do this, we play a game using our ... Read More about Persuasive Writing Game
Hello darlings! One of my pet peeves is seeing adults still using there, their, and they're incorrectly. It gives me the heebie jeebies. One of the things I work hard on with my kiddos is knowing the difference between the words and using them correctly the entire year! I downloaded this cute flipbook freebie from Teach With Laughter. I'm going to show you how I used it in my classroom. I like to get my kiddos up and moving as much as possible. One of the ways I like to do this is by having kiddos get up and complete a task in someone ELSE's notebook! Kiddos think it is crazy to be able to ... Read More about There Their They’re: There’s No Excuse to Use Them Incorrectly
Hello darlings! We've been back to school for about two weeks now and we are digging into our Lucy Calkins Narrative Writing Unit for 3rd grade. One of the things my third graders struggle with is writing with strong emotions. They always want to say, "I was scared!" "I was happy." "It was fun." blah, blah, blah. I tell them that they learned how to write stories in k-2nd grade and in 3rd grade they are learning how to make those stories come alive for their readers. No one wants to be TOLD how someone feels, they want to FEEL it themselves. That's when writing comes to life; when the reader can ... Read More about From Boring to Brilliant: Adding Strong Emotions in Narrative Writing
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Hello darlings! I don't know about you, but I am always concerned with the learning loss that occurs between grade levels every summer. Year after year, our new kiddos come to us reading at least one level lower than the previous year, and somehow that is normal and acceptable. We work too hard with our kiddos for them to regress and not retain their learning! Last year I decided to do something about it. On the last day of school, my kiddos make themselves a Summer Camp Kit. This kit includes multiplication games, a Reading Response Journal, and Writing Prompts with a Writing ... Read More about Stop Summer Learning Loss and Free Planner!