I have created this Language Arts Spiral Review to align with all the new 3rd grade standards as well as spiral lower grade standards. We all know it is difficult for some students to remember everything taught from the beginning of the year, and so this is a fantastic way to remedy that problem. Students analyze a mentor sentence to kick off the week and complete 2 boxes a day focusing on different skills. My full set includes the following:
Capitalization includes the following:
Usage includes the following:
Punctuation includes the following:
Spelling includes the following:
Subject and Predicates include the following:
Combining Sentences include the following:
Fragments and Run-ons
Main idea and details
The mentor sentence is for students to observe the correct things in it like capitalization, punctuation, spelling, verb usage, strong words, etc. This is meant to be whole class with a teacher or student leader writing on the board all the things that the class has noticed. Look at the following example:
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away.
- The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler p. 11
Ask the class, “What do you notice?” Students should give responses such as the following:
- Claudia – capitalized
- Knew – homophone (not new)
- Old-fashioned – hyphen
- Running – CVC word (double the “n” before adding –ing)
- Period at the end of the sentence.
Students will then mimic the sentence looking at the grammar & spelling involved. For example, one way to mimic this sentence is the following: Samantha understood that they could never reach the high-rise building before the shopping center closed.
This is very challenging for students, especially in the beginning. I’m not too picky with “mimicking” every little thing. It’s a great way for students to practice proper grammar though, and they really do enjoy the activity! They get better and better the more they do it! Having the class mimic it together as a whole group is also a great way to scaffold the activity. Once they really understand what to do, they can mimic it by themselves.
I hope you enjoy this Daily Language Arts Spiral Review for 3rd Grade!
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