Today in the Jackson Library, third graders used context clues to determine the meaning of unknown ‘alien’ words in the story Baloney (Henry P.). After the story, they played Kahoot! quizzes to assess their learning. Fun!
Before Spring Break, third graders used inference skills to answer questions in the Eric Kraft story, Chocolatina. They used active response cards to answer other types of questions throughout the book. At the computer station, they read Epic! books about chocolate. Finally, we took a Kahoot assessment in pairs before checking out books.
Third grade read the unusual Dr. Seuss book, What Was I Scared Of? in the Jackson Library last week. We used context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words and analyzed the character’s actions. We also connected the story to February’s character trait, compassion. The kids loved this story and it gave them quite a bit to think about when it comes to how we should treat people who are unusual.
Third graders enjoyed learning about Egyptian beliefs and customs during the historical fiction story, Mummy Cat. As we read the book, I introduced terms like pharaoh, serene, and hieroglyphics. We analyzed the artwork in the story and how it contributed to the narrative, to the point that there was a second story within the first! After the story and questions, we walked “Like an Egyptian” and wrote our name in hieroglyphics. The story even prompted kids to look for more books about Egypt!
Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders listened to Martin’s Big Words by Rappaport and then wrote their own words to guide their decisions. We discussed the power Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words had to activate peaceful change in America. Then they used the PathOn app to create a shape or freestyle design for their words with their photo. They wrote a rough draft of their sentence/phrase first and I approved them before they were given an iPad. I love how they utilized the filters and fonts!
Third graders had fun creating talking nonfiction text features using the Chatterkid Pix app in the library before winter break. They were to explain the purpose of the text feature and to give concrete examples in a first person voice. They had so much fun! When they finished, they played Sara Malchow’s BeeBot Robot Nonfiction Text Features Game. (see link to her TPT store below)
Before the book fair, third graders explored Google’s Toontastic app to retell the story Oh No Astro! from the asteroid’s point of view. We used context clues when we read this story to determine the meaning of: rambunctious, loitering, humiliated, clarity, and confrontation. After the kids created their videos, they used NASA’s augmented reality app to look at spacecraft models in 3D!
Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders played a Kahoot assessment (see links below) after our Goldilocks and the Three Martians read aloud. Fifth graders played one after our Old Henry read aloud. These assessments are not only fun, but the new Kahoot Pro! for Educators gives me an inside look at which questions were the most difficult for students which helps me to adapt my teaching to better meet students’ needs. Plus, we had lots of fun!
Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text: Fiction: Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
THIRD GRADE LESSON
Goldilocks and the Three Martians
FIFTH GRADE LESSON
6.b: I can explain the roles and functions of characters…including relationships and conflicts