3rd Grade

GENERAL:

Third Grade Teaching Blogs/Websites

Beth Newingham’s Website-http://hil.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/

Scholastic Blogger Beth Newingham has created a teaching web site with links to her schedule, lesson plans, classroom management strategies, and more!  This is an awesome website for teaching resources, especially for reading.

My Life as a Third Grade Teacher Blog-http://www.mylifeasathirdgradeteacher.com/

Blogger Lindsay shares her thoughts and resources for success in third grade.  Lots of pictures and links to helpful documents make this blog a fun one to navigate.

READING:

Fiction

Resources and Lessons for Fiction Reading-http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2011/02/my-february-top-ten-list-resources-and-lessons-reading-fiction

Beth Newingham, Scholastic Blogger and third grade teacher, shares ten resources for teaching fiction reading.  These include ideas for teaching about character traits, plot development, and theme.  This list would be an excellent starting point for teaching  a fiction reading unit.

Mystery-http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/exploring-mystery-genre

This  unit from Beth Newingham takes students through lessons in reading mysteries.  Also, check out Newingham’s class web page (linked here under General resources) to find information on forming mystery “Detective Clubs.”

Nonfiction

Nonfiction Reading Resources-http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top_teaching/2011/03/my-march-top-ten-list-nonfiction-reading-resources

Scholastic Blogger Beth Newingham shares ten resources for teaching nonfiction reading.  These include ideas for teaching about text features and text structure.  Newingham’s list would be really helpful for teachers building a nonfiction reading unit.

SCIENCE:

Solar System

NASA’s Space Place-http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

NASA brings you a web site specifically geared towards kids who want to learn about all things related to space.  It includes a variety of fun facts, activities, and games.  Resources range from a gallery of solar system images to directions for making moon cookies.  This would be a helpful website for planning instruction and for sharing with students.

Study Jams: Solar System-http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm?topic_id=ss

A resource from Scholastic, this site consists of short videos and tests on information related to the solar system.  Videos include slide shows about the planets and the moon along with the cartoons “Gravity and Inertia,” “A Day on Earth,” and “The Universe.”  Overall, this is a great web site for introducing students to the solar system and related concepts.

Video: The Formation of the Solar System-http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=14064&CategoryID=376

This brief video from Ignite! Learning introduces students to scientific theories about how the solar system came to be.  The cartoon character “Mr. BigHead” shares about the planetesimal and nebular theories.  This would be a great hook before a lesson or brain break for science time!

SOCIAL STUDIES

The Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Pathfinder

Pathfinder that includes resources to support a unit on the Oregon Trail.

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