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Writing - Poetry
In this unit, I’ll invite children to explore the effects that are created when words are strung this way and that and repeated—sometimes even invented in response to some onomatopoeic need. Just as they learn to manipulate play dough or rearrange blocks and Legos, children can learn to take words and manipulate them to create new, interesting things: wisps of thought, a captured image, a difficult-to describe feeling. I’ll teach children to see poems, itching to be written, in the playground trees, in the recess bell and the math test, in the best friend who’s moving away. I’ll teach children to find the poems that are hiding in the details of their lives. I’ll do all this not only because poetry is its own powerful genre but also because the habits children develop as poets—specificity, comparative thinking, understatement, hyperbole—will serve them well in any genre of writing.
Reading - Social Issues
This unit is unabashed teaching toward social justice. Get ready for it by wearing your own passions on your sleeve. All of us know that sometimes, when we read a wonderful book, we find ourselves welling up with a passionate commitment to everything we believe. Stories remind us that we care very much about justice and injustice, and about living lives of meaning and significance. You will be teaching children to take their books and their lives seriously. You’ll need to think, as you prepare, about what books have affected you— the choices you make, what kind of person you try to be, the issues you care about—so that you can talk about these books and your life with your students.
Math – Geometry and measurement word problems
This 40-day final module of the year offers students intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences with geometry and perimeter. The module begins with solving one- and two-step word problems based on a variety of topics studied throughout the year, using all four operations. Next students explore geometry. Students tessellate to bridge geometry experience with the study of perimeter. Line plots, familiar from Module 6, help students draw conclusions about perimeter and area measurements. Students solve word problems involving area and perimeter using all four operations. The module concludes with a set of engaging lessons that briefly review the fundamental Grade 3 concepts of fractions, multiplication, and division. Ms. Emily
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