Sarah’s Year End Review

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Sarah Linington, Year End Review 0 Comments

The students and I know our classroom would have been a very different place without CIA this year. I know: CIA determined our reading block structures (we missed it when we had breaks between). CIA set a social studies theme that helped us with our actual social studies big ideas. CIA helped me facilitate student independent work habits in a …

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Glory Be: Charts and Vocabulary

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“But it was so much fun!” This was in response (from my most busy girl) to a very long catch-up reading session, after which I drooped and said, “Thank you for sticking with it today. That was a lot of work!” When she said that, I perked back up. She was right—it was fun! We co-created charts (we’re old hands …

MLK and Writing

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Making Connections Well, we are finally halfway through Martin Luther King Jr.’s biography! It feels like we’ve been reading this short book forever…and yet the students are not bored or in need of extra entertainment to stay engaged. They have taken the big ideas and the details to heart, searching each week in library for connecting texts and noticing protests …

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Building Background for Martin Luther King

rsbsadmin 3.3 Martin Luther King Jr., Background Knowledge, Sarah Linington 0 Comments

The third graders and I have been waiting excitedly to jump into our next CIA unit… Frustratingly, my actual start date of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biography unit kept getting pushed back, first as I gathered and prepared my materials, then as I fit it into our district unit of study in nonfiction, and finally as I stayed home …

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Using Poppy to Grow as Readers and Writers

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The Dark Emperor Poppy allowed us to jump off into other aspects of the Reader’s Workshop: word choice, fluency, partner reading with purpose, and much more. In the time between finishing Poppy and winter break, we have been gleefully exploring the poetry collection Dark Emperor as our primary text (as suggested by Sarah Collinge at the last class I attended.) …

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Supplementing Poppy with the Dark Emperor

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On the day of our Read-In, one student brought in a Poppy mouse she made with a rock by drawing on the face and tail and gluing pom-pom ears. Another student brought in an offering of acorns. We all got comfortable in our small gathering area and commenced to read. The students gasped. They cheered. Some reprimanded others for laughing …

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CIA: Poppy in Sarah Linington’s Class

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Beginning the CIA Unit We started the unit of study for Poppy after two weeks of Patricia Polacco practice with sentence stems, literary vocabulary, and talking about how character’s change. We are in the first quadrant, Collecting, of the CIA framework. After each lesson, the students practice the same strategy for half their independent reading time in a book I …

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Turn and Talk – or “My Read Aloud Nemesis”

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Turn and talk, a tool for accountable conversations in most classrooms, has been my hope and challenge since I was first introduced to it almost 10 years ago. It seemed like the answer to letting students share what they thought, also not take up too much instructional time, and give them an opportunity to practice conversation skills with peers. Then, …

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Classroom Setup – Sarah Linington

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Sarah Linington 0 Comments

I have been waiting over two years for this moment—I finally get to implement C.I.A. in my own classroom! Since I have been modifying C.I.A. for small groups of students in Title and Special Education, I am familiar with the basics, but actually setting up my classroom in a way that will facilitate the best learning for my 3rd graders …