(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles. As a result of literature circles being integrated into my fourth-grade class' weekly routines, students independently read books of their choosing on a regular basis, and any collaboration they had regarding these books was mostly facilitated by them. Here's a glimpse into my fourth-grade classroom, and one way to run (almost) paperless literature circles. Background I divided my 29 students into six groups, and the students were allowed to decide with whom they worked. Throughout the year, each group read chapter books of their choosing, one after the other.
The students met for literature circles twice a week -- Mondays and Fridays -- for about 40 minutes per session. Mondays All six groups met, with four in the classroom and two in the hallway. Connector: Go into detail regarding a specific text-to-self or text-to-text connection. Here are the directions that accompanied every job: Fridays During each Friday session I let all of the groups know when five minutes remained. In the End. TWO WRITING TEACHERS | A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. The Poem Farm. FUN Critical Thinking Activities. For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment.
In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities.
Talking Chips 1. Pass out a colored chip to each person2. 3 Facts and a Fib. K-3 Links. All About Balanced Literacy. Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers. It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a nonthreatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. It promotes discussion, problem solving and critical thinking by students. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. An integral component of Shared Reading is an enlarged text that all children can see. Children join in the reading of a big book or other enlarged text such as songs, poems, charts, and lists created by the teacher or developed with the class through Shared and Interactive Writing.
In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher: · Relates prior experience to text. Independent Reading: 101. What is Independent Reading, Really? Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages.
The main components of independent reading are outlined below. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom. There should be a large period of time set aside, as in reader's workshop, for independent reading, as well as time to "read in the edges" sneaking in precious minutes whenever you can. More Formal/ Larger Chunks of Independent Reading Time Informal (yet super powerful) Reading Times Getting Started: The Nuts & Bolts On Keeping Reading Logs For what purpose? Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks. It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I just LOVE anchor charts.
I remember seeing anchor charts begin to pop up on Pinterest and looking at mine in shame. 1) Scour Pinterest for Ideas: Nobody says that all of your anchor charts have to be your 100% original creation, and there are a TON of anchor charts out there already, and more are added every day as teachers create them for their classrooms. 2) Create them WITH your class: Remember in tip number one how I said I don't usually find one that's perfect for my class?
*REMEMBER: The purpose of anchor charts is to anchor the learning happening in YOUR classroom. 3) Plan Ahead: Just because I make the charts with my class certainly doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action before I start. 5) Invest in some Mr. 25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing. Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write. Make this chart applicable to older students by expanding on each aspect with a specific audience or goal. "To share experiences" can become "to share experiences with friends, in a postcard or with readers in a memoir.
" Setting Goals Source: second-grade writing-goals chart sets goals around important writing skills for younger students: punctuation, and vocabulary. Source: Juice Boxes and CrayolasIt's the icing on the cake! Looking for more? Ideas-for-Third-Grade-Mentor-Texts-June-25-2014.pdf. Teaching Resources for 3rd Grade Teachers. Mrs. Lockett's 3rd grade math pinterest board. 3rd Grade Geometry. 3rd Grade Math Vocabulary Resources. Free 3rd Grade Resources Online – Fun Resources for 3rd Graders Printable– JumpStart.
In 3rd grade, 8 and 9 year olds are gradually transforming into more mature learners. As they begin to learn from their reading and complete assignments independently, parents and teachers can help them along with JumpStart’s free, printable 3rd grade resources. 3rd Grade Resources 8 and 9 year olds are more independent learners. However, this does not make the role of parents or teachers any smaller. Use JumpStart's 3rd grade resources to help children cope with the greater academic challenges they face at this stage. How JumpStart’s 3rd Grade Resources Will Help You JumpStart’s third grade resources include worksheets, activities and lesson plans in math, language arts, science, social studies and art.
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