Daley - Literacy

Reading      

Update for week of 12/18: This week, we will wrap up our Unit 2 about nonfiction texts! We will continue learning more about biographies and how to be our own reading coaches as we move forward into Unit 3 after the break.


In 3rd grade, we use a Reader's Workshop format. It is split into three parts.
  1. Mini Lesson -  Developed from Lucy Calkins' Grade 3 curriculum. These lesson are designed to be accessible for all students regardless of their reading level. A specific skill or concept will be modeled using interactive read alouds and activities. 
  2. IDR (Independent Reading) - This portion will look different for each student each day. It may include: independent reading of self-selected texts practicing modeled skills, partner reading, reading on the Chrome Book, guided reading groups, literacy circles, written responses to reading. The small guided reading groups will have individualized instruction and are created based on reading level and particular areas/skills that students have room to improve in. Guided reading groups will begin in a few weeks after students' reading levels have been assessed this fall.
  3. Share - At the end of Reader's Workshop each day, students gather together to review the mini lesson and share about what they have been reading.


                                                               
Writing

Update for week of 12/18: Writers will keep working on brainstorming ideas and writing short entries in their notebooks for their opinion speech writing that will develop throughout this unit after the break!

In general, Writer's workshop will consist of a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and an opportunity to share at the end, similar to Reading Workshop. During independent writing, students will also have many opportunities to both conference with the teacher and give each other peer feedback.

This year, students will continue to improve their skills as narrative, informational, and opinion writers.




Word Study (spelling)

Check students' blue Jag folder for a copy of their word sort and information about assessment dates.

For spelling, phonics, and vocabulary instruction this year, we will use the Words Their Way program. All students have completed a baseline assessment and will work in differentiated small groups for spelling. Each week, small groups of students will receive a list of words to study and discover the common attributes. Throughout each week students will work independently, in partners, and in a small group to do a variety of activities and games with their words, including:

Word Sort

Word Hunt

Blind Sort

Speed Sort

Sentences

Looking up definitions

Memory

Go Fish

Erase-A-Face

War


These activities will help students build a strong understanding of spelling patterns that can be applied to many words, not just the ones in their sort this week!




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