Reading With Expression and Fluency - Grades 3-4

Reading With Expression and Fluency - Grades 3-4

Expression is so important because it helps a reader comprehend and retain what he or she just read. Some of the most important components of expressive reading are fluency, vocal inflection, tone, tempo, and body language. Expression is also very important in public speaking. When you have something to say, research shows the tone of your voice makes up 38% of the impact of the message you are trying to communicate, and body language makes up a whopping 55%! Get your students to become strong readers, and public speakers by following the activities in this pack. There are four reading skills to be practised in this kit to help coach an expressive and fluent reader and speaker. 1. Chunk phrases and use punctuation. 2. Work on fluency. 3. Work on intonation. 4. Say it like the character or live reader would. Within each skill, there are four stages of teaching based on the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. Your class can be divided into the four groups respectively according to ability/level/readiness. Focus Lesson (I Do, You Watch) Guided Instruction (I Do, You Do too) Collaborative Learning (You Do with Others and I watch) Independent Learning (You Do on your Own and others watch) Included are: mini posters, a RUBRIC, and several texts to practice on. Watch your students COME ALIVE in their reading expression and ability to transfer that to a public speaking context. Happy teaching! Australian Curriculum Links Year 3 ENGLISH: Literacy/Interacting With Others -Plan and deliver short presentations (ACELY1677) -Use interaction skills, including communicating in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volume (ACELY1792) Year 4 ENGLISH: Literacy/Interpreting, Analysing, Evaluating -Reading aloud with fluency and expression (ACELY1691)
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Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies: Evaluating

Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies: Evaluating

Reading strategies produce purposeful, active readers who are in charge of their own comprehension of texts. They provide a set of skills that all good readers need to make sense of any text type. Plus – they are a fun way to make your reading lessons dynamic and engaging. So, you want to teach reading evaluation and teach it well? Welcome to my resource kit on reading comprehension strategies: evaluation! For this strategy, you will find: -a poster and an anchor chart -thinking schema poster -real classroom work examples -classroom activities/worksheet -self evaluation chart English / Year 3 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating / ACELY1680 English / Year 4 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating / ACELY1692 Happy reading!
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Sentence Building Games & Activities for Middle School - Castle Theme

Sentence Building Games & Activities for Middle School - Castle Theme

This unit of work is designed to be used in your literacy groups to make them more dynamic and learner focussed. The topics covered in this kit are: -simple sentences (independent clauses) -subject and predicate -noun phrases, verb phrases and prepositional phrases - parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, articles, pronouns) -vocabulary In this kit you will find: 10x game and activity cards 27x castle themed sentence strip cards 5x other sheets (recording sheet, vocabulary quiz, sentence answer card, teaching notes) 1 x end of unit exam to help assess where you need to re-teach and strengthen concepts I'd love to hear your feedback! Enjoy :)
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Adverb Acting Game for the Whole Class or a Small Group

Adverb Acting Game for the Whole Class or a Small Group

English...parts of speech....adverbs! Do all you can to make learning fun and engaging. Download my fun, laugh-a-lot adverb acting game. Play it with the whole class or in a small group. You'll be surprised who learns about adverbs the quickest - and who the best actors in the class are!! This game was created by BubbleLane (c) 2015. It links to the Australian Curriculum - Year 4 ENGLISH Language: Expressing & Developing Ideas Understand how adverb groups/phrases and prepositional phrases work in different ways to provide circumstantial details about an activity (ACELA1495) I hope your class finds it as funny as we did. Sometimes learning happens best without even realising it! Enjoy:)
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Literacy Groups Idea: Author's Message Bookmarks (Author's Theme)

Literacy Groups Idea: Author's Message Bookmarks (Author's Theme)

This is a simple quick idea to use for a reading rotation activity which will help your students to read with the author's message or theme in mind. This product contains: -24 high quality bookmarks that you can print and laminate to add to your reading group resources (4 are blank for student's own interpretation of the author's message/theme). Throughout narratives, there are often themes where the author either intentionally or unintentionally conveys messages to the reader. A theme is usually a message that you can apply to your own life. There may even be multiple themes within a story. Examining the theme helps when discussing the main idea or summarising a story and uses higher order reading skills such as interpretation and reflection where students have to find the evidence within the text to stake their claim. Common themes in literature are: friendship, courage, perseverance, honesty, kindness, loyalty. I used this idea with Year 3 (Australia) toward the end of the year when we had done a lot of work on higher order reading skills already. It is probably best suited for middle primary/elementary grades due to the need to gather textual evidence to prove their choice of theme. Children love being reading detectives to root out all the clues to support their opinion on the theme/message of the story. Reading can be fun and engaging with my author's message/theme bookmarks!
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Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Sight Words, CVC Words and tailored stories to practice! Comprehension Questions and a rubric for assessment all in one kit! This is a systematic guided reading program to help early and struggling readers get on their way! Even early readers can read with fluency and expression with my Early Reading Kit Series! And you will love that all words are written using the Queensland Beginner's Alphabet font! This is Book 1, the first in a series of 5 accumulative books. This kit focuses on the short vowel 'o' as well as introducing 40 new sight words to your little emerging readers. This kit includes: A suggested Teaching Schedule 5 x Sight Word pages = 40 Doltch sight words 10 x CVC Word Lists = 60 CVC words 5 x Stories – designed with only the sight words and CVC words in this kit 1 x Sentence Maker Sheet Comprehension Questions for each story, Record Sheet and Answer Card Reading Assessment Rubric – to assess, provide feedback and highlight teaching needs In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. Early Reading Kit Book 1 is designed to help the early or struggling reader to have reading success early in their reading journey. This kit focuses on the most common use of the vowel “o”. I’ve included a Reading Assessment Rubric to assist you locate where your student needs more teaching focus whether it be accuracy, expression, fluency or comprehension. This kit may be reproduced for ONE CLASS SET ONLY. Please purchase additional licences for extra classes. You can use this kit however you like. Here is one idea: Students can have a take home folder to learn sight words each week as well as reinforcing these daily in your classroom English program. The CVC words can be taught in class. They need to be taught to blend the sounds together. The pages I have designed will reinforce letter formation using the Queensland Beginner’s Alphabet. These pages may be sent home for homework. Alternatively, these can be completed in class. Children need to make small sentences using their weekly sight words and CVC words. As the weeks accumulate, they will have more word choices. With consistent practice, by the end of 10 weeks, your students will have learnt 40 sight words, 60 CVC words and will be able to read 5 stories. Important reading skills are also practiced, not just phonics and sight words. Children become real readers and comprehenders of early text very early in their reading journey. Happy Reading!
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Book 3 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Book 3 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Sight Words, CVC Words and tailored stories to practice! Comprehension Questions and a rubric for assessment all in one kit! This is a systematic guided reading program to help early and struggling readers get on their way! Even early readers can read with fluency and expression with my Early Reading Kit Series! And you will love the Queenland Beginner's Alphabet font. This is Book 3 in the series with a focus on the short vowel 'e'. Books 1 and 2 are recommended to purchase first as the sight word and CVC words are accumulative throughout the series. In this kit you will find: 10 x Sight Word pages (traceable) = 80 words 10 x CVC Word lists (traceable) = 50 words 5 x Stories for practicing words that have been learnt (traceable) 1 x Making Sentences Sheet 3 x Comprehension tool pages 1 x Assessment Rubric for accuracy, expression, fluency and comprehension In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. A couple of quick reading comprehension cards are included at the end of the kit and I’ve included a Reading Assessment Rubric to assist you locate where your student needs more teaching focus. With consistent practice, by the end of 10 weeks, your students will have learnt 80 sight words, 50 CVC words and will be able to read 5 stories. Important reading skills are also practiced, not just phonics and sight words. Children become real readers and comprehenders of early text very early in their reading journey. Happy reading!
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Book 4 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Book 4 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Sight Words, CVC Words and tailored stories to practice! Comprehension Questions and a rubric for assessment all in one kit! This is a systematic guided reading program to help early and struggling readers get on their way! Even early readers can read with fluency and expression with my Early Reading Kit Series! And you will love the Queensland Beginner's Alphabet font! This is Book 4 in the series with a focus on short vowel 'u'. Books 1, 2 and 3 are recommended to purchase first as the sight word and CVC words are accumulative throughout the series. In this kit you will find: 10 x Sight Word pages (traceable) = 80 words 10 x CVC Word lists (traceable) = 50 words 5 x Stories for practicing words that have been learnt (traceable) 1 x Making Sentences Sheet 3 x Comprehension tool pages 1 x Assessment Rubric for accuracy, expression, fluency and comprehension In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. A couple of quick reading comprehension cards are included at the end of the kit and I’ve included a Reading Assessment Rubric to assist you locate where your student needs more teaching focus whether it be accuracy, expression, fluency or comprehension. Happy reading!
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Book 2 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Book 2 - Sight Word Take Home Program for Emergent Readers

Sight Words, CVC Words and tailored stories to practice! Comprehension Questions and a rubric for assessment all in one kit! This is a systematic guided reading program to help early and struggling readers get on their way! Even early readers can read with fluency and expression with my Early Reading Kit Series! And you will love the Queensland Beginner's Alphabet font! This is Book 2 in the series focusing on the short vowel 'a'. It is recommended that you purchase Book 1 first as the sight words and CVC words used in the kits accumulate throughout the series. In this kit you will find: 5 x sight word pages = 40 sight words (traceable) 10 x CVC word list pages = 65 CVC words (traceable) 5 x Stories to be read using the sight words and CVC words (traceable) 1 x Making Sentences Sheet Comprehension Questions and Answer Card Reading Assessment Rubric In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. A couple of quick reading comprehension cards are included at the end of the kit and I’ve included a Reading Assessment Rubric to assist you locate where your student needs more teaching focus whether it be accuracy, expression, fluency or comprehension.This kit focuses on the short vowel 'a'. The Queensland Beginner's Alphabet font has been used for great handwriting practice! In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. With consistent practice, by the end of 10 weeks, your students will have learnt 40 more sight words, 65 more CVC words and will be able to read 5 more stories. Important reading skills are also practiced, not just phonics and sight words. Children become real readers and comprehenders of early text very early in their reading journey.
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Exposition Hamburger Paragraphing - Give your opinion of a children's book narrative - 5 worksheets

Exposition Hamburger Paragraphing - Give your opinion of a children's book narrative - 5 worksheets

You have stumbled across a great, stress free way to teach paragraphing! You’ll have your class writing independent paragraphs in no time if you take the time to teach them using this simple outline. Hamburger Paragraphs can be used for any kind of report writing. In this instance, the worksheets have been designed to teach the EXPOSITION structure in a very simple beginner format in the form of a book review. I introduced the concepts of paragraphing in Term 1 (Year 3 in Australia) with this simple tool. The kids loved it - and so did I! We've never looked back! In this example, the children’s task was to write an exposition outlining their opinions and reasons for why they liked (or didn't like) a fiction book of their choice. The class example I've provided is more complex than what I would expect a Year 3 child to write by themselves in Term 1. It was a good model to help them to aim high. There are five hamburgers - one for each paragraph. Ultimately, you will end up with a 5 paragraph expostion which can be written as simply or as detailed as your children are capable. Australian Curriculum Links English / Year 3 / Language / Text structure and organisation / ACELA1479 English / Year 3 / Language / Expressing and developing ideas / ACELA1484 English / Year 4 / Language / Language for interaction / ACELA1489 I hope you love it as much as we did :)
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Book 5 - Sight Word Take Home Folder for Emergent Readers

Book 5 - Sight Word Take Home Folder for Emergent Readers

Sight Words, CVC Words and tailored stories to practice! Comprehension Questions and a rubric for assessment all in one kit! This is a systematic guided reading program to help early and struggling readers get on their way! Even early readers can read with fluency and expression with my Early Reading Kit Series! And you will love the Queensland Beginner's Alphabet font! This is Book 5 in the series with a focus on short vowel 'i'. Books 1-4 are recommended to purchase first as the sight word and CVC words are accumulative throughout the series. In this kit you will find: 10 x Sight Word pages (traceable) = 80 words 10 x CVC Word lists (traceable) = 80 words 5 x Stories for practicing words that have been learnt (traceable) 1 x Making Sentences Sheet 3 x Comprehension tool pages 1 x Assessment Rubric for accuracy, expression, fluency and comprehension In this kit, students do not learn sight words or cvc words in isolation, but have an opportunity to apply their knowledge with a fun traceable story every fortnight to practice their new reading skills. A couple of quick reading comprehension cards are included at the end of the kit and I’ve included a Reading Assessment Rubric to assist you locate where your student needs more teaching focus whether it be accuracy, expression, fluency or comprehension. Happy reading!
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Science Animal Study with Graph

Science Animal Study with Graph

Mrs Breng will bring your animal classification lessons to life! (Acronym for: M - Movement, R - Reproduction, S - Sensitivity B - Body, R - Respiration, E - Excretion, N - Nutrition, G - Growth) Primary students will enjoy classifying and analysing creatures using Mrs Breng's charts and tasks. Included is an end of lesson science assessment skills task focussing on graph creation and interpretation. Have fun with these gorgeously presented worksheets and charts. Australian Curriculum Links Science / Year 3 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences / ACSSU044 Science / Year 3 / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information / ACSIS057
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