Brain Crackers! The Best Higher-Level Learning Tool For Your 3rd Graders

Brain Crackers! The Best Higher-Level Learning Tool For Your 3rd Graders
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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.

Word Scrambles 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.

Standards Covered

  • RF.3.3 Know and apply phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • A.3.2.F Use spelling patterns and generalizations in writing words.

Math 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.

Standards Covered

  • Different standards are covered with every new set of problems, so they are not listed here. Instead, each standard is written in the math section before the math problems.

Analogy These reinforce figurative language skills

Standard Covered

  • L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words.

Sequence This activity stimulates higher-level and analytical thinking to complete sequences and identify the rule that the pattern follows.

Standard Covered

  • 3.OA.D Identify arithmetic patterns and explain using properties of operation.

Triples This activity causes students to make connections between words using critical thinking and previous knowledge.

Standard Covered

  • L.3.5.A Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meaning of words and phrases in context.

Ready, Set, Write 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.

Standard Covered

  • L.3.5.C Identify real-life connections between words and their use.


  • The student self-evaluation component allows students to put a happy face by their favorite problem
  • You can spot check for understanding and identify different student learning modalities, strengths and challenges
  • Easy to apply extension exercises. It can be used for gifted 3rd graders.
  • Addresses 3rd grade Common Core Standards that are not always covered enough or not at all due to time constraints.
  • It's a tool for substitutes to use.
  • It creates an easy segue into other concepts or lessons.
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40 pages
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