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Archive for November, 2016

postheadericon Writing: Project Read Written Expression in the Third Grade



Writing in the Third Grade

       This year, one of my goals is to bring our writing program, Written Expression, up to the third grade. Project Read Written Expression is taught from kindergarten through second grade in our building. But now the question is, what about third and fourth grade?  As always, bringing a new curriculum into higher grade levels means training for the teachers, mapping out the curriculum, and deciding what skills each grade level will be teaching. 


      To begin the year, I started teaching my students about a sentence. I spent a couple of weeks reviewing what a great sentence has and what a great sentence looks like. As you can see, we started simply with a capital letter, spaces, and punctuation. We also reviewed that a sentence has two parts, a subject and a predicate. Then, I started to introduce the expanders. We have had some practice with the "Where" expander, so I thought it time to practice writing a few sentences. 



A fun activity using expanders:

I collected some magazines and catalogs and cut out some pictures and laminated them. When I was looking for pictures I thought about finding a picture that had a clear subject noun, a verb, and a "Where" expander. 



Then, I gave each student a graphic organizer to build their sentence. I had the kids in small groups of six, and each student had a partner within the group. 

I put a picture at each table. The students moved from table to table and wrote a sentence about what was happening in the picture. 




When the students were done, they had five great sentences about each picture. We are off to a great start! Now, we begin the paragraph writing! 



postheadericon November Buddies



November Buddies


It's November and it's time for new buddies! The students were very excited to see November buddies.  This month, I asked my students to choose new partners that weren't on their October buddies sheet. This way, every student, by the end of the year will get a chance to work with everyone in the classroom. 

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November buddy

We just read the story "I Wanna Iguana" by Karen Kaufman Orloff. The kids loved this story. It was fun to read, fun to listen to, and fun to talk about. 


In an effort to build social skills within my classroom, I gave my students a question they had to work on with their November buddies. 

My question was: Do you think Alex did a good job persuading his mother to get him an iguana? Tell me two reasons why you think he did a good job. 

The discussion stem they used was: 

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I think that…


Some responses were:

"I think that Alex did a good job becasue he had good reasons why he should have an iguana."

I think that Alex did a good job because he had reasons why he could take care of an iguana."



If you would like October Buddies, click on the image below


october buddy


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