Throughout third grade, your students will learn many different math concepts. The most important thing they will be learning is multiplication. Building multiplication fact fluency in third grade is crucial to students being able to have success with math in later grades. While there are so many math concepts being taught during third grade, it is important to continuously be practicing multiplication facts with your students.
Small group instruction can be one of the most beneficial times of the day. But, it can also be chaotic and stressful if it is not under control.

Do any of these sound like you or your class?
  • Your students are loud or off task during groups
  • Your students do not respect/listen when you redirect them
  • Your students are not productive during small groups, or they don't complete their work
  • You're considering doing away with small groups because you aren't sure it's worth it

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    Scroll down to take a look at some of what is included in this 100 page Space Systems unit. This unit aligns to NGSS* 1-ESS1-1 and 1-ESS1-2.
    For some students, the concept of the distributive property is completely abstract and something they cannot begin to understand. To help students make the connection, it is important to show them how the distributive property works, in a concrete way. Once students understand this, they can begin to use the distributive property to help them solve multiplication facts that look intimidating. For third graders, this may be equations that have larger factors, like 6, 7, 8, 9, or 12. For fourth and fifth graders, this may be multiplying two digit numbers or later three digits.

    So here is your dilemma: You want to do something fun with your class on October 31st (because it's Halloween!), but there is at least one student who is not allowed to celebrate the holiday. This is very common in classrooms today! So, here are some Halloween-free alternative activities.

    When it comes to writing, there is so much we want (and need) to teach our students. However, we cannot focus on all of it all at once or we will cause our students to hate writing. I have broken these units down into easy to implement lesson plans and have included all of the materials you need.

    Each Informational Report Writing Unit (Grades 2-5) has 12 lessons. The lessons can be implemented at an easy pace---spread out over four weeks, or can be condensed to be taught in a shorter time period. Since there are twelve informational writing lessons, you have time to build in any of your own mini lessons you feel your class needs. (For instance, if you see your students are struggling with a particular skill, such as capitalizing proper nouns, you can spend a day practicing that skill without falling behind with the unit.)

    These lessons are included:

    1. What's an Informational Report?
    2. Choosing a Topic and Finding Sources
    3. Finding Facts (Researching)
    4. In My Own Words
    5. Informational Report Outline
    6. Write an Introduction
    7. Writing as Paragraphs
    8. Writing an Ending
    9. Editing to Add Text Features
    10. Editing With a Partner
    11. Revising & Revisiting the Rubric
    12. Publishing

    The units include a student friendly rubric as well as a checklist they can use as they write. They help keep students focused on the skills taught during the unit, without overwhelming them.

    Posters are provided to help teach certain skills. You can print them and put them in students' writing notebooks. This allows them to reference them at any time.

    If you choose to have your whole class write on the same topic, these informational unit even includes 2 non-fiction texts that can be used for student research. One text is a ten page mini book. The other text is a passage. However, you can also use this unit with your own topic or by letting students choose topics.

    The topics included for each grade level are:

    • 2nd Grade: Monarch Butterflies
    • 3rd Grade: Surviving in the Desert
    • 4th Grade: Severe Weather
    • 5th Grade: The Solar System
    I teach multiple grade levels. Are the units different?
    The units are mostly similar, but include different mentor texts, and have different examples in the centers. There are a few other minor differences throughout the units that reflect grade level expectations. Each grade level includes different topics for the non-fiction texts. (See breakdown above)

    Click the images below to see more & preview the informational report units.


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