I-CANyons Parent Toolkit for Third Grade Language Arts (ELA)
Speaking and Listening: I CAN...
Engage effectively in discussions by coming prepared, following discussion rules, building upon other's ideas, and asking for clarification.
S&L3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly.(a) Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. (b) Follow agreed-upon rules for discussion (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion. (c) Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others. (d) Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
In Other Words
Engage in discussions with peers both one on one and in a group setting focused on grade level topics. Understands the role of listener and speaker in a group discussion.
Teach a sibling or parent about specific grade level topics and texts focusing on ideas based off a facts.
Listen and demonstrate understanding by responding appropriately. Provide multiple-step directions, opportunities to restate directions or text, question for understanding or summarize topics.
Practice public speaking for clarity with expression, rate, volume, pitch, tone, and phrasing. From: Click Here. "Speaking Non-Sense," is a great way to get kids' bad speaking habits out of the way, and good ones in!
1. Give them a topic: It can be anything from Spam to the Holocaust. Things that you are learning about work great as topics.
2. They must talk for 2 minutes straight about their topic. They cannot say "Um", etc. or use the word "and" more than twice. They must also keep eye contact with the audience at all times and use all public speaking skills.
3. The winner or winners are those who can complete this task using all the rules.
If Not Yet Mastered
Parent can provide opportunities to speak in complete sentences with appropriate subject-verb agreement.
Talk about what happened at school. Practice complete sentences for response. Provide practice in summarizing topics. Visit the website Click Here. Parent and child can read fairy tale stories together. Parent will model and engage in a discussion based off the story. Parent can then choose some activities listed below to begin a discussion: read or listen to a fairy tale or story, and discuss the story's main events and themes;
list words and phrases to describe the story's geographical setting and characters;
write paragraphs explaining if they would like to live in the world depicted in the story;
discuss whether the story would make sense if it took place in their community, and list the ways they could change the story to make it more relevant to the world they live in today;
and discuss whether old fairy tales can still be interesting and relevant today.
The student can also plan and perform an updated version of the fairy tale or story.