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. It seems there are always a small or large group of kiddos that just aren't getting the lesson and need more support.
Some time during October, I teach the following two activities, which are then added to the "menu" of activities my students are allowed to choose from: These both mix logical thinking with creative thinking: Sausage Sentences with Illustrations Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences And right before our fourth quarter, I allow my eighth graders the right to work with partners and create new proposals vocabulary activities for all my students to use.
I choose 6 of their best ideasand I actually don't teach them; I simply post the eighth graders' examples and rubrics and invite all students to look them over. Exemplary Personified Vocabulary Exemplary Mr. Cartoons Exemplary Vocabulary Haikus Teacher-made exemplar: Click here for my teacher-made exemplar.
It comes with explanations for what it takes to earn full points with this writing activity. Click the image or here to visit our Ning page where teacher members can post their own students' samples. Show your students what an EGOT looks like. Tier-2 Vocabulary-Inspired"Quick Poems" Instead of memorizing new words, I ask students to write thoughtful pieces of short writing inspired by new words they self-select from class reading.
They learn those new words while reviewing their writing skills. Research on acquiring new vocabulary shows that both teachers and students should be involved in the selection of words for study, and my weekly vocabulary routine definitely puts a big responsibility on my students to bring words they've encountered and written about every Friday.
I play my part, of course, by providing plenty of academic vocabulary a. I also serve as a model of someone with a pretty good vocabulary that isn't Language Arts-specific a.
I call them "quick poems," and not only are they a high-quality to minute group writing task, they also build familiarity and usage skills with almost thirty tier-2 vocabulary words that--personally--I love using and--even more so--I love hearing my students use correctly during literature discussions, during writer's workshop response groups, and during Socratic Seminars.
Each of the 18 different poetry formats are based on tier-2 word that I want to hear my students use in class as we talk to each other. I created 18 poetry formats because, starting last year, I set aside a small amount of time every two weeks to learn new vocabulary word in this manner.
I call them "Quick-Poems" because I set the timer, and I don't want them to become a whole period of work. I want the introduction to the words and poetry format to be learned in less than ten minutes so that students can then have fifteen to twenty minutes to compose as a group.
The objective of each poem is not only to teach them a great word, but also have them practice using it by exploring different contexts in which the word would make sense using the support of their small group's combined ideas.
As the poem is written, the group cooperates and uses writing skills we have been working on in class, and each poetry format comes with plenty of obvious opportunities to review grammar and punctuation. In addition, these "quick poems" all: Come with a teacher model that I've written in such a way that you could call what I've written your own teacher model if you wish to.
Can be assigned to single students, partners, or even groups of three or four, depending on the scaffolded support you feel some of your less-productive writers might need to be successful.
I prefer the safety of a small group, but I allow those kids of mine who prefer to write alone to separate themselves from the group I have put them in and compose something individually while the rest of the small group stays intact.
Contain directions and expectations that accommodate for differentiation; the poems' advance organizers have room for more stanzas or quatrains than students will probably need, and the directions state for students to complete as many stanzas as they can in the allotted time.
Even if they struggle and write just one stanza, they've made progress at the level they can, and you now have good, formative information about your students. Some of the poetic challenges, my wife tells me, are pretty difficult too, and to that I say, "Good.
Even when they write in groups, I require every student to write their group's poem down on their own advance organizer so they retain a personal copy for their binders.
Some days, we find time to share as a whole group, but some days I simply send them back to sit with their Sacred Writing Time partners and share with that person.Spelling Grade 1. Spelling Grade 2.
Spelling Grade 3. writing prompts, and activities! Most of the worksheets on this page align with the Common Core Standards. To see CCSS labels and attach them to Pop Rocks candy for each of your students. This makes an awesome end-of-the-year gift! See also: Summer Worksheets. Print . Third Grade: End of Year Ideas.
Collection by Jennifer Lones. End of year gift idea. Could do at beggining of year (open house?)with "Third Grade Rocks! End of year gift idea or for kids to give classmates at the end of the school year End of the Year Writing Activities.
Free End Of The Year Activities For 2nd And 3rd Grade Teachers Keep e67eca3da By Jean Thomas on November 12 Creating a vocabulary list is also essential in plan writing because it helps the teacher remember the key terms that they want the students to understand as they go through the lesson.
Overview of Third Grade Learning Milestones. Third grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading, writing and language arts. By the end of third grade language arts, students should. Summer Fit Activities Second - Third Grade is an engaging workbook that helps children learn and grow over the summer.
It contains three different foundation pieces for child success: academics, health, and ethics with the study of role models including Nelson Mandela, Abe Lincoln and Kartick Satyanarayan from Wildlife SOS. FREE End of Year Worksheets.
• Summer Activities, End of Year, ESL Songs For Teaching English. It's a presentation created to review the whole material of an elementary course before students get to writing their final test. The presentation contains an interactive game "Jeopardy!" I think 5/5(3).