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Resources for Grades 3-4


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Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry

Students learn about personification by reading and discussing poems and then brainstorm nouns and verbs to create personification in their own poems.

 

Student Interactives

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

 

To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

This unit introduces students to a variety of poetic forms and elements, as they compile their own collections of poetry.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Poetry from Prose

Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Matching Books and Readers: Selecting Literature for English Learners

Matching Books and Readers: Selecting Literature for English Learners

This article offers suggestions on how to choose books to aid English learners with language acquisition and comprehension.

 

Literacy in Learning Exchange

Literacy in Learning Exchange

Use the Literacy in Learning Exchange website to build or further develop a community of practice in your school.

 

 

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