A meeting place for a world of reflective writers. Students learned about topic sentences, details and a closing sentence. Elaboration and structure need to be taught in order for students to cross the bridge from single paragraph writing to crafting a multi paragraph personal essay. To start this unit.
Four Paragraph Research Paper Third graders are naturally curious. They have lots of questions about lots of things. One of my objectives as their teacher is to get them to realize that they don't really need me. If they have pondering, questioning, or wondering minds then they can do something about it They can teach themselves by picking up a book.
That's just what we did during our animal unit. I primed them by teaching them some vocabulary words connected to this science unit. We learned about carnivores omnivores and herbivores.
We learned about predators and prey. We learned about terrestrial and aquatic environments and SO much more.
Then it was time to use those words along with our good reader strategies and skills. It was time to dig into nonfiction text resources like nonfiction books, encyclopedias and internet resources.
It was time to research. So I went to our school library and checked out a ton of books about an assortment of animals. They are very third grade friendly and have all the nonfiction text features like indexes, glossaries and tables of content that I want my kids to get practice with.
I let my students pick a research buddy and an animal and we set to work. We made a simple research folder out of a piece of construction paper. Students cut out the four categories or topics that we wanted to include in our research: These are aligned to the science learning objectives that are part of our curriculum.
I helped kids out by adding some guiding questions under each category. We glued those into the center of the folder. On the front they glued a cover that included a place to write the animal they were researching.
Then they filled a circle map with a picture of the animal and facts that they already knew about it. On the back cover, we glued another page to record the questions we had about the animal we were about to research.
This helped us set a purpose for reading. The back page also include a place to record the sources they used to gather information. I required my students to use at least three different research resources. We started with our books. Partners helped coach partners in using the index and table of contents to locate the specific answers to questions we had.
Students used post it notes to record information. Students bulleted information rather than writing complete sentences for this fact finding mission.
One of our learning objectives is to understand what plagiarism is. Working in groups kept everyone accountable. There was lots of conversation and I used this as an opportunity to ask questions and take some anecdotal notes.Example of a Third Grade Week 1 Self-Contained Lesson Plan Monday Preview Model Interest Tuesday Model and GUIDE Wednesday GUIDE and go farther Thursday ASSESS and write a paragraph S: Write a paragraph about the person.
T: Review criteria for focus and support in a paragraph.
S: add adjectives and examples Tell your third graders that writing a paragraph is a lot like making a sandwich; you start with a piece of bread, also called your topic sentence, add some ingredients to the middle, which are like your transition sentences, and finish the sandwich with another piece of bread, or the conclusion sentence.
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