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Write opinion pieces on familiar topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

 
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What's your opinion? Plan it out!

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Opinion Writing Unit
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Opinion Writing Unit
Sara Hesemann
Johnsburg, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will utilize a graphic organizer to create a logical argument, or the "blueprint", for their opinion writing piece.

 
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The Titanic: Forming an Opinion

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

After weeks of research, students have decided that three main factors contributed to the tragedy of the Titanic. They will analyze their data to determine which factor contributed the most and support their opinion with evidence.

 
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What Does the Walrus Do When the Ice Is Gone?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes animals respond to a changing environment with a behavior that doesn't help them.

 
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Writing an Opinion - Planning

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
LaTonya Jones
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will begin the planning process of writing their opinion of the best movie by generating reasons.

 
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Being problem solvers

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Non-Fiction: Structures and Features
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Non-Fiction: Structures and Features
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In the previous lesson, students learned how to identify if a text were written using the problem and solution structure. Today, students write their own passage using this structure and incorporating important key words.

 
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The Titanic: Opinion Practice One

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Today's prompt is, "Was the Titanic prepared to set sail?". Students must use what they know about the disaster to decide if, in fact, the Titanic was really ready for her first voyage.

 
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StoryJumper

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

This online service provides students with easy to use publishing tools for creating both assigned and personal texts.

 
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What's your opinion? Think critically!

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Opinion Writing Unit
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Opinion Writing Unit
Sara Hesemann
Johnsburg, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will sketch out ideas for three possible stances for their opinion writing in order to think critically about their choice and ensure they have valid and substantive evidence to support their reasoning.

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Fact and Opinion - Day 1

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
LaTonya Jones
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students explore the concept of fact and opinion in preparation for writing opinion pieces.

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She Sorts Seashells by the Seashore Day 2

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Classifying Seashells
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Classifying Seashells
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Just as scientists re-evaluate data based on new criteria, during this followup lesson on classifying, students classify seashells by using print and electronic media to collaboratively revise their original classification data .

 
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Cast Your Vote: Debating Character Traits for a President

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: President Opinion Writing Unit
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: President Opinion Writing Unit
Sara Hesemann
Johnsburg, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will discuss what makes a good president and identify character traits that support their reasoning.

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How Much Has It Really Rained?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Weather Instruments
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Weather Instruments
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Meteorologists use weather instruments to observe and document weather patterns leading to more accurate forecasts

 
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Persuasive Writing and Multi-Media

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Persuasive Writing through Websites
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Persuasive Writing through Websites
Deborah Blackley
Atlanta, GA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

How do advertisers use persuasion to get people to buy their products or use their services?

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Fact or Opinion Game

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Fact and Opinion
LaTonya Jones
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
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Students read statements and identify them as facts or opinions in this fun game.

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Myth Madness: Using Technology to Share Favorite Myths (Day 1)

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Greek Mythology Unit
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Greek Mythology Unit
Sara Hesemann
Johnsburg, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will begin to create a Google Drive Presentation utilizing their graphic organizer template completed in the previous day’s lesson.

 
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Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

Provide reasons that support the opinion.

Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.

Provide a concluding statement or section.

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