Tag: third grade
Third grade enjoyed the story, Goldilocks and the Three Martians, in the Jackson Library. They used context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words, and predicted what would happen to Goldilocks. When we discussed gravity, we watched it in action with a YouTube video of astronauts playing soccer aboard a spaceship. That sure is memorable! Finally, we played a Kahoot! game about the story.
Third graders were given just the text portion of the story Two Bad Ants by Chris van Allsburg and had to analyze the text to figure out the location of the ants. Then I showed them the picture so they could see if their predictions were accurate. After the story, they played a Classtools game I customized with questions from the story and had the option to explore the Archibald’s Adventure simulation game.
Third grade had fun drawing conclusions, using prefixes, choosing the correct definition from a dictionary excerpt, and using context clues during the story, Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks today in the Jackson Library. Before the story, we discussed important vocabulary words like dojo, wok, and menace, and we watched a video of kids practicing Ninjutsu. After the story, they played a Kahoot game in pairs and then we danced to Kung Fu Fighting. Fun!
The Three Ninja Pigs
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!
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)
Third and fifth graders use technology to interact with nonfiction magazine articles. They use iOS markup tools to show text evidence when answering critical reading skills questions like analyzing captions, making inferences, and using context clues to identify unknown words.
Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders analyzed two Columbus poems. The first one, What Was It Like? asked questions to encourage thinking and empathy. The second one discussed the accomplishments and struggles of Columbus. For both, we analyzed the messages, main idea, looked at new vocabulary words, and studied the structure of the poems. After we discussed both poems, the kids took a Quizizz to assess their learning. I like how Quizizz provides me with data so I can see which questions were missed and therefore what standards need to be retaught. At the computer station, the kids rotated to view a Brainpop video about Columbus.
TEK 6: Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Poetry:: Students make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery.