Friday, May 30, 2014

3rd Grade Summer Review Packet

7 more days!
I can't believe the year is almost over.
Every year, I have parents that want some sort of review
or extra work for the summer.
To help make my life easier, I made this 3rd grade packet.

I made it last year and the whole 3rd grade team sent it home.
Each month has a calendar of daily activities.
Some will take only a few minutes and others take a bit more time.

Here is the schedule that the kids will follow:
Monday: math review
Tuesday: grammar practice/writing prompt (alternate weeks)
Wednesday: response to reading
Thursday: math facts
Friday: spelling practice/sentence practice (alternate weeks)

I include a parent letter for you to use or you can write your own.
The parents all loved having some structured review to use.
There was also a bit of an incentive for the kids...

Any student that returned a completed packet when school started 
was invited to a pizza party.  
I bet about 25% of the kids completed the packet.
Was it a big group?
My thought was, at least I tried to help.

Are you a 4th grade teacher?
You could use the activities as homework  
or morning work at the beginning of the school year.

Hope your summer is coming soon!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Did we get all the information? - A Get Up and Move Review Activity

This week we read and learned about the Great Chicago Fire.
The kids love learning about this event,
so it makes it easy to teach.
 We watched a movie clip, read the textbook
and used the internet to find information.

They recorded everything in a small foldable book 
with specific titles on each page.
This helped to guide them in finding the info.

Today I wanted to make sure that everyone had 
most of the info.  
I really didn't want to do usual...
sit at my projector and everyone share what they found and record what you don't have and blah, blah, blah.  Boring!
So I quickly created this idea.
The kids had to find a partner and review their info on the first two pages of their book.
Record any new info that their partner shared..
Repeat with two other kids.
Then, we continued this on all the other pages.
It worked well because I didn't have them review
the info in their entire book. I assigned one or two pages at a time.
This is not a super exciting post, 
but its an activity that worked well on a Friday afternoon
and all the kids were engaged. 
How can you use this activity?

Have a great weekend!