Right about now, you might be asking yourself, "What on Earth is a Third Grade Tribe?" Well, we are a group of third-grade teachers (a few of us, myself included, are retired but taught third graders for a very long time before leaving the classroom) who collaborate as we blog about and create learning materials for students in this very fun age group.
We've collaborated on a few projects, but this is our first blog hop together and we are all super excited!
Each of us will be writing about fall-themed activities and ideas. I encourage you to visit everybody during the hop, which starts today and runs through Wednesday. Not only will you get lots of fun ideas, but you'll also have an opportunity to enter for one of TWO grand prizes! (You can read more about that - and enter - towards the end of this post.) And even better: Every participating blog is offering a giveaway as well!
For my giveaway, I am offering my Fall into Autumn Dictionary Skills packet of activities (it's one of my best-selling resources!), so I thought I would write a little bit today about how I've used these activities with my third-graders. (I'm also adding a $10 gift card to Amazon in my giveaway, because I just love to share books!)
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I absolutely love teaching dictionary skills (and that's why you'll find me constantly adding new ABC Order and Guide Words activities to my little store!). These are skills that students need in so many different areas, and it's easy to integrate them with all seasons, holidays, and content areas.
In this packet, I start with full-color We Can posters that can be displayed in the classroom, as well as black-and-white versions that can be printed in half- or quarter-size and added to the student's language notebook.
And then I include six printable activity pages, three each for ABC Order and Guide Words. (I also include answer keys for all.)
I don't have a close-up of all pages in action here, but here are a few so you can see what they look like "in real life" :o)
My first ABC Order printable is a cut-and-paste activity - because I think the ability to manipulate the words in concrete form is a great way to think using our bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.
The next activity scaffolds from the concrete to the abstract. Students are challenged to alphabetize to the second letter, and organize them in order like this:
I follow a similar progression from concrete to abstract with these Guide Words activities. First is this activity, in which the student cuts out entry words and places each between the most likely guide words. I encourage students to place all of them before gluing, because some of them are a bit tricky!
You probably arrived here after visiting Janae Van Orman on The Sharpened Pencil. If you've happened upon my post by accident, or if you take a wrong turn along the blog hop, you might want to pop over to the very first blog in our hop to retrace your steps: A Tall Drink of Water.
And without further ado, here is where you enter our GRAND PRIZE giveaway for one of two gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers :o)
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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. You're in for more fall fun, continuing with Katy Engle at Teacher Tips and Tidbits.