Third Grade Secondary Characters Lesson Series:

Through the use of Because of Winn Dixie as a mentor text, students explore secondary characters and the various impacts they have on main characters. Upon conclusion of the series, students complete an in-depth analysis of secondary characters by citing evidence from the text and making inferences and predictions about the relationship between the assigned secondary character and the main character. The second lesson in this series is a Lucy Calkins Unit of Study lesson from her Character Study unit. 

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Second Grade Language Arts and Community Lesson Series:


Through the use of the picture book Hey Wall! by Susan Verde, I have constructed a series of  four lessons exploring communities, diversity, and belonging. Students identify key leaders in their communities, identify the various types of communities, and examine the value of diversity in their communities. At the conclusion of the lessons, the students will create their own mural representing one of their communities. 

Third Grade Literacy and Traditions Stations

Through the visitation of five stations, preceded by an initiation activity, students will have an opportunity to explore the meaning of traditions for various cultures, religions, and lifestyles. Through the completion of this series of activities, students will begin to understand the cultural complexities in their classroom and gain an appreciation for traditions they do not observe. 

Second Grade Goods, Services, and Specialization Lesson Series

Through a series of activities, students are introduced to goods and services they frequently interact with in Martinsville, Indiana. Students begin by classifying occupations as either goods-based or service-based. They then move toward producers and consumers, gaining an understanding of how a majority of people play both roles in the local economy. Lastly, students engage in a hands-on investigation of an occupation of their choice. 

Third Grade Social Studies Scope and Sequence

This plan outlines a year's social studies curriculum for a third grade classroom, all conducted through hands-on activities, current events, and conducting research. The plan was set with four commitments in mind: project based learning, multicultural and global education, integration of literacy, and student agency, inquiry, and action. Students tackle issues such as diversity, tolerance, government structure and voter's rights, personal economic responsibility, civic action, and more.