Third grade is a pivotal year when it comes to reading instruction. It is the year that we focus less on “how to read” and we begin focusing more on “reading to learn.” Along with this change comes a push for students to be thinking at a higher level while reading. Teaching with paired reading passages is a great way to do this. With paired reading passages, students have the opportunity to work on thinking skills that they generally don’t get with a single passage. Paired passages are great opportunities for comparing author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, comparing & contrasting, and inferencing.
Learning to read is a process, a long process. I have found that there are two primary phases. From kindergarten through 2nd grade, students are ‘learning to read.’ From about 3rd grade forward, students move into a phase that I refer to as ‘reading to learn.’ Learning to think critically while reading is a goal of this second phase of reading instruction. Using paired passages is a great way to teach these important thinking skills.
In the upper elementary classroom (3rd grade and up) teaching reading transitions from learning to read to reading to learn. The focus moves from sight words and phonics to reading comprehension and learning to think like a good reader. Close reading is a wonderful way to teach these important skills.
December is here and that brings so many thoughts and feelings. On one hand, I’m amazed that it is already December. On the other hand, December is a month unlike any other (except maybe the last month of school). The students are filled with energy and excitement about the approaching holidays and school break. I am focused on finishing the month strong while also trying to balance all that December brings (gift buying, decorating, parties, and so much more). These December activities for the classroom are a great way to focus the students and keep them learning while making life a little easier for the teacher too!
When the end of the school year rolls around, this End-of-Year Teacher Report Card is one of the last activities I do with students before they go home for the summer. Students LOVE grading the teacher, and it’s always so much fun to read their responses. It’s the perfect end-of-year activity to use during those last few days of school before the summer break. Plus, it comes in a printable or digital version!
The month of October is full of exciting fall and Halloween activities in the classroom. From pumpkins to witches – there are always so many fun things to choose from! You probably have that one lesson you teach every year at this time. For me, we always write book reviews on our favorite books and display them in the hall for others to see. It is our hope, as a classroom, that we inspire other students to read one (or more) of our favorite books.
End of year awards doesn’t have to be stressful. If you’re looking for awards and certificates for your students that are super quick and easy to print – then you’ve come to the right place! It’s not always easy to find the “PERFECT” award for every student. Sometimes teachers have to search and search to find a “just-right” award for their students. Well, search no more! I have over 194 Editable End-of-Year Award Certificates to choose from.