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As a teacher do you find it challenging to intertwine Common Core Standards into day to day lessons? Then Brain Crackers is an innovative, easy, educational tool for you. It is designed as a weekly activity for 3rd grade students to be accomplished in one setting or chunked into pieces to be done throughout the week or for homework. It is comprised of Word Scrambles, Math Problems, Analogies, Sequencing, Triples and Ready, Set Write activities. Most importantly it is aligned with Common Core Standards that are not always covered enough or not at all due to time constraints.
This is an activity that requires students to create words from either a series of letters or an actual word. The answers in this section will vary. It allows all students to come up with a
variety of words. The learners that are acquiring language skills can write simple sight words and the advanced learner can find more complex words. It meets the needs of each student's level of learning.
There are 3 math problems on every Brain Cracker page except for word problems. All problems address specific standards. They get more challenging throughout the weeks.
These reinforce figurative language skills
This activity stimulates higher-level and analytical thinking to complete sequences and identify the rule that the pattern follows.
This activity causes students to make connections between words using critical thinking and previous knowledge.
This activity allows students to make real-life connections with the written word. Students list as many words as they can for a specific category. This endeavor allows students to come up with as many words as they can. If students are new to the English Language they can draw pictures of the things instead of listing words. Advanced students thrive on this open-ended exercise.