Grades 3 and 4: Theme: Spiritual Journey

3rd Grade Theme Book: Summer of the Sharks


3rd Grade Official Supplemental Books


3rd Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Summer of the Sharks? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Use Kidspiration or Inspiration to make a story map or vocabulary map.
  • Create a subject verb class slideshow. Each pair of students takes a verb and illustrates (and writes out) a single subject and plural subject with that verb. i.e. Aunt Sally watches. Eric and Susan watch.
  • Create a class ocean creatures multimedia presentation. Each pair of students researches and illustrates one creature on one slide/page.
  • Create ocean creature riddles. Connect with another class via Skype or similar video conference software. Alternate between the two classes having students guess the riddle. If desired, use a student drawn or digital picture to reveal each answer.
  • If you have H.323 videoconferencing (Polycom, Tandberg, LifeSize, Sony, etc), and about $300, come back to school in the evening and video conference with the Reef HQ Aquarium in Australia!
  • Or use Skype to connect to a class living close to a reef and have them share their own explorations and learning.
  • Connect to the Seacoast Science Center via Skype to learn about the ocean or coral reef.
  • Do a video chat with an elementary school in the island of Eleuthera Bahamas
  • Eric had to learn to trust and and listen to God. Using Powerpoint, have students share the story of Bible characters who had a similar experience. (ie, Gideon, Daniel, David, Esther...ect)

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Create large 3-D stuffed sharks to hang around the room.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



4th Grade Theme Book: A Gold Star for Eric


4th Grade Official Supplemental Books


4th Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with A Gold Star for Eric? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.
  • What We Believe For Kids by Jerry D. Thomas, Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2006. ISBN: 0816321671
  • Step by Step, by Jerry D. Thomas, Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2008. ISBN: 0816322775
  • God’s Ten Promises by Kimberley Tagert-Paul, Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2010. ISBN: 0816323798

Technology Ideas

  • Have students create a vocabulary maps in Kidspiration or Inspiration or similar software.
  • Create a class multimedia presentation on the 66 books of the Bible. Or use a flip camera to record students giving a couple sentence overview of each book of the Bible. Compile together with illustrations and share in church.
  • Have students work in small teams to act out their favorite Bible stories. Share with another class with Skype. Have them guess the story.
  • Keep a digital camera close by your classroom bird feeder. Create a photo story of what the class has observed and learned about the birds at the feeder.
  • See if your nearby or state capital's zoo will connect with your students via Skype to share about birds in the zoo and to answer students' questions.
  • Create riddles about different birds. Connect with another class and alternate back and forth sharing riddles and having the other class guess the bird.
  • Connect to another class in a migration path via Skype or a similar tool. Have them tell about what birds come through their area which times of the year and share pictures if available.

Websites


"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Create a tutoring/mentorship program in your classroom or school. Have students volunteer by signing up to help others in subjects they are strong in. Helping their peers creates compassion, as well as reinforcing skills. Being tutored allows students to have something explained to them "in their own words". It also fosters community in your classroom and/or school.

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.


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