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    By newtothird

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    I'm using the same plans I used when I taught fourth. We'll see how it goes in a new grade and new school. My motivation is to fill the bulletin boards quickly because open house is around the corner. One activity is called lollypop buddies. The students choose a lollypop from my group of tootsie pops. Same color pops form buddy groups who learn about one another. My fourth graders interviewed each other, but I think I'll have the third graders complete the questionnaire by themselves. They later introduce their buddy and their interests to the rest of the group. The students also write a "summer short story." First they prewrite by coloring shorts with a picture of the summer memory they want to write about. In fourth grade it took two plus weeks to get five paragraphs written, edited and published. I anticipate it will be shorter in third since they write less. I also begin to learn about how much they can do in math. Depending on your grade, different skills may need to be reviewed before moving forward. In between these key activities we practice rules and policies. I also include several read alouds that relate to the writing. This plan always worked well for me when I taught fourth for five years.

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