3rd Grade Lesson Plans for Parents and Teachers

If you're teaching kids in the 3rd grade or have a 3rd grader at home, then you probably need to generate a large quantity of lesson plans every month addressing a variety of subjects. Keep reading for information about effective 3rd grade lesson plans and ways you can create and find them.

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Creating and Finding Fun 3rd Grade Lesson Plans

What 3rd Graders Need to Learn

Most schools base their curriculum on state standards of learning. It's likely that your child or class will have to take standardized tests administered by the state at some point during the school year in order to gauge how well they're learning. For this reason, it's important that your lesson plans coincide with these standards as well as the school's curriculum.

Creating and Finding Your Lesson Plans

To be able to swiftly design your lesson plans, use a template. You can build your own templates or find ones online that suit your purpose. Lesson plans often begin with an introduction to the new material, the lesson, an activity and a final review.

If you're a teacher, it's possible that the teacher's editions of the textbooks contain ready-to-use lesson plans that you can simply utilize or alter for your own purposes. Additionally, you can buy books of professional lesson plans at educational stores or on the Internet. There are also many educational websites that offer free lesson plans, which you can download and print.

English/Language Arts Lesson

For a fun English/language arts classroom lesson, divide your students into small groups and assign a passage from a text that they are reading as a class. Using this passage as inspiration, have each group of students construct a poem. They can use vocabulary from the passage or write a poem about the same topic. At home, you can have your child complete the same project with your help and supervision.

Combining Snacks and Math Skills

You can combine fractions and snacks with this hands-on introductory lesson for fractions. Give your child or each student in your class a graham cracker and ask them to divide it into fourths. Next, give them a plastic knife and ask them to cut each cracker in half so the graham cracker is now in eighths.

Give your child or students different spreads for their graham crackers. You can offer them cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate spread, jelly or any other spread you may have. Ask them to cover 4/8 of the crackers in cream cheese, 3/8 with peanut butter and 1/8 with jelly. Show them how to write the fractions for each spread.

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