This file includes a full day of activities for your sub teacher (or for use in your own teaching practice)
Morning and afternoon large group “messages” for students to complete and for the sub teacher to use as “get acquainted” and “end of day wrap up” meetings. The morning message provides a script for sub teachers to introduce activities for the day. Each message should take from 30 to 45 minutes of class time. The morning message introduces the “theme” for the day: same and different; synonyms and antonyms
Reader Response papers for students to write after they have read independently for 30 (or more) minutes. In a fiction book, students will record what they learned about plot, characters, setting, and new words, whether they read one chapter or several. For non-fiction reading, a paper entitled “REAL PLACES REAL THINGS REAL PEOPLE” form is provided for students to record facts.
The math activity provides practice with problem solving skills, adding and subtracting (with and without regrouping). Students will solve each problem and find the matching number on a sentence anagram. When completed students should find the sentence: “Synonyms are words that mean the same” and be able to read it to the sub teacher. A follow-up activity is “all about the number 3” which includes practice with multiplication by 3’s and finding and measuring triangles.
Timelines are introduced (script provided for sub) by finding important dates of the school year. A worksheet to help students find important dates in their own lives is included with the opportunity to construct a timeline about themselves. Students will need a ruler and construction paper to complete the activity.
Writing activities provide practice using synonyms and antonyms. Students (working together or in pairs or small groups) will draw pictures to illustrate antonyms and write sentences incorporating synonyms. Follow up activities allow them to invent silly sentences using pairs of common synonyms, Venn Diagramming to find common characteristics (and differences) between themselves and a partner, survey and graph of sameness and differences in the classroom; synonym and antonym game cards and coloring pages.
A "skills builder" page for 3rd grade level math and language arts practice test questions with answer key added on 1/25/13.
Also included in the plans is an activities grid that briefly explains each activity, materials needed, and COMMON CORE STANDARD APPLIED.
Schedule at a glance
45 minutes – morning message
60 – minutes – independent reading and reader’s response time
45 minutes – timelines(social studies)
45 minutes – math
45 minutes – writing
45 minutes – afternoon message
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