Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fall in Love with Teaching Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Grade Tribe Fall in Love with Teaching Blog Hop!


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.


Next are teaching slides, which I like to use under the doc cam.  These can also be displayed as posters.


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:




And on this page, students alphabetize to the third letter.  Given three words on one side of the book graphic, the student is to organize and rewrite them in ABC order:


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!


I love this activity, because it accesses understanding through several different portals.  Using a dictionary, the student looks up the entry word and records the guide words from its page.  Finally, the student illustrates the word.



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.

Have fun on our blog hop, and good luck in all the giveaways!







14 comments:

  1. What a fabulous giveaway! Your Fall Dictionary Skills packet looks AMAZING!! I also love teaching this topic. It's so fun to get kids into dictionaries, learning real life skills! :)

    Janae
    The Sharpened Pencil

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    1. Dear Janae,
      Thank you so much for your very sweet comment!
      And I totally agree - ABC order and guide words are the type of skills that kids will use again and again in real life!
      xo Pam

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  2. These fall activities would be amazing in my centers! They are so cute and great for independent work. The kids would love working on them.

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment, Amber!
      I hope you have a wonderful Autumn!
      xo Pam

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  3. It's important for children to be able to use the dictionary instead of just relying on electronic devices. Your activity pack looks like a great tool to use to help children gain valuable dictionary skills.

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    1. I totally agree, Rhesia - I always tell kids that it's nice to have the electronics to help us, but we can't always count on having them available!

      Thank you for commenting - and be sure to check your email, because YOU WON MY GIVEAWAY! Yippee!

      xo Pam

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  4. I LOVE this! What a great activity! I have seen your stuff, but never had been to your blog or Facebook page - following both now!

    Blessings,
    Becky
    CookingUpSuccess

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    1. Oh Becky, your sweet comment just made my whole day! I LOVE your blog (your logo is the cutest, by the way!) and I am so happy that we are following each other now!
      xo Pam

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  5. This looks like a great resource! And, btw, I LOVE your colorful border in your blog layout!

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment, Kim!
      Happy Autumn!
      xo Pam

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  6. What a great resource! Students need to know how to use a dictionary before they can enjoy success with it.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Rissa! And I totally agree; being able to navigate a dictionary will empower our students in so many other applications!
      xo Pam

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  7. Love your blog! So bright and happy! Also love the dictionary skills-- Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh Anna, thank you for your kind words! (And I give kudos to Danielle at Crayonbox Designs for making my blog pretty - she is so easy to work with!) Happy Autumn! xo Pam

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