It's been a whole week in the land of 3rd grade for the 2016-2017 school year. The first week was CRAZY and I'm already behind. Go figure. I was supposed to do this lesson last week...Unforseen, air problems that caused us to have to move classrooms prevented me from doing so... SO, here I am sharing it with you today! :)
I love using "big" words with my kids to build their vocabulary. If I don't get a hand raised at some point during the day asking me what a word meant... I know I need to step up my game. The other day, I said "genre" and they had NO idea what I meant... Holy canoli, we have some work to do.
Today was choosing books that are going to help us grow as readers. We first analyzed the reading profiles of 3 students: 1 who read 100 easy books last year, 1 who read 3 really hard ones, and one that read 42 that were sometimes a little tricky but they could figure out what the author was trying to say. The kids discussed with a partner who they thought was going to grow the most. Nobody said the 100 book kid - I was pretty surprised, a few said the 3 book kid, but we fixed that one pretty quick. Most said the 42 books and they had great reasons why!
Then we compared choosing books to riding a bike.
I'll let the anchor chart talk for itself. Notice the uphill bike sweating, ha.
Hope you got an idea or two! I'll be back with some more ideas as I begin my 5th year with this new group of sweet, sweet 3rd graders.