If you've had GLAD or SIOP training then you'll be familiar with a Big Book. Making your own Big Book is a wonderful reading and vocabulary strategy to use with your ELA students and, really, all students in general. I created this Big Book to go along with a life cycle unit for 5th graders but I believe it could be used for 3rd grade also. There is the repeated phrasing for consistency and I highlighted, in red, the important vocabulary words to go over with the students. Be sure to find realistic pictures to include with your Big Book when you are making it for your classroom resource. I found that student like to refer back to this book and look and study it throughout the year, not just during the unit.
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