Monday, October 14, 2013

Readers Theaters for Social Studies, Halloween Games and A Subtraction /Place Value Game Freebie

We have just begun our third Social Studies unit.  This is our Biography unit, which happens to be my favorite! 

In Georgia, we have nine specific people we are to teach our third-graders all about.   I love teaching my students about history, and sharing information about these nine famous people allows my students to learn about some of the most interesting times in our country's history.  I introduce these famous Americans in the order they occurred in history.

In third grade, the first person in our unit is Paul Revere. 

My mother, also a 3rd grade teacher,  and  I have written a Readers' Theater on Paul Revere.  I want my students to be engaged and excited to learn about Paul Revere, and to be able to read a script at a third grade reading level. 

We have included all the information in this Readers' Theater that third graders are supposed to know about this famous American, and put it at a level they can read with little support.  It is divided up into two separated acts, providing a natural stopping place in case you need to continue the lesson the next day.  There are enough parts in each act to involve all of your students, and they'll love reading this as they learn. 

The Sons of Liberty and Paul enjoy the times they get up and run about as they act out their parts.  If you are teaching third grade in Georgia or if you teach about the key people and events surrounding the American Revolution, then you may want to take a closer look at this Readers Theater in my TPT store. 

Click the picture below to go check it out. 
In addition to this Social Studies tid-bit,  I have a great holiday activity for you.  Click on one of the pictures below to see more about these Math and Literacy Halloween games.


I want to share this all-time-favorite FREEBIE with those of you who haven't already grabbed it.  As Close As Possible is a great game when you are teaching subtraction or place value. 

Directions for Play
Each partner group gets a game board and a set of number cards.  Shuffle the number cards. 

Playing with the first row, the first player draws a card and makes a choice as to which place to write the number under “Your cards’ value” (giving consideration to place value). 

Next, the second player draws a card and does the same on their game board, writing on the first row. 

Play continues until all squares (places) are filled in on this row under “Your cards’ value”. 

Once this row is filled. Players subtract their number in “Your cards’ value” from “the target number”, and record their difference in the space to the right marked “difference”.

Play continues in this manner for each row. (As partners run out of cards, have them shuffle and make a new deck.  You may choose to give them multiple sets.)

At the end of the game, the players add their differences for a total difference.  The player with the smallest total difference wins.

 I hope you and your students enjoy.  Once you try either one of these activities, I'd love it if you'd leave your comments below.  I'd love to hear from you.
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