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3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades

Lesson Resources

  • Students should have paper, pencil, and coloring utensils on hand for each lesson.
  • Resources are available in English and Spanish unless indicated otherwise.

Broadcast Schedule

Note: The Summer Broadcast Schedule starts the week of Monday, June 15.

  • 10 to 11 a.m., Monday-Thursday: Grades 3, 4, 5 English Language Arts
  • 11 a.m. to noon, Monday-ThursdayGrades 3, 4, 5 Mathematics
  • Fun Friday! 8 a.m. to noon: Grades K-5 – PE, Art, Music, and Virtual Field Trips. Broadcast on June 19, June 26, July 3, and July 10.

Week 1: June 15-19, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

ELA: Narrative Writing (Part 1)

Read Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon and practice using questioning to increase understanding; learn strategies to find a topic for narrative writing.

No additional resources needed.

Math: Thinking About Parts and Wholes

Explore patterns with multiples of 4; solve “part” and “whole” addition and subtraction problems; read Fraction Fun by David Adler; play the game Get to Zero.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ELA: Narrative Writing (Part 2)

Read Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer and learn how to organize narrative writing to include the elements of a “story mountain.”

No additional resources needed.

Math: Exploring Characteristics of Numbers

Warm-up with multiples of 4 dot cards; solve place value puzzles; read The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang; learn the multiplication game 30 More or Less.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

ELA: Narrative Writing (Part 3)

Read The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh and review plot structure and questioning; learn how to use transitional words to show setting in narrative writing.

No additional resources needed.

Math: Solving Real-World Problems

Explore multiples of 3 and 6; solve 3-digit addition story problems; read The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street, by Carol Losi; apply multiplication and area concepts to play How Close to 100?.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

ELA: Narrative Writing (Part 4)

Read James and Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and practice visualizing story details; identify long /e/ and short /e/ sounds; add dialogue to narrative writing and use “magic headphones” to edit.

Suggested materials:

  • Student opinion writing from the previous episode (Part 3)

Math: Math Riddles

Warm-up with multiples of 6 dot cards; solve word problems with money; read 17 Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy; play Fraction Bingo.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 –
Kindergarten through 5th Grade Fun Friday

  • 8 to 9 a.m., Physical Education – Striking Skills:
    Get moving with “Wipe Out” drumming; practice striking with a short-handled implement. Suggested materials: Balloon, paper plate, glue, popsicle stick, plastic baggies
  • 9 to 10 a.m., Art – A Day at the Beach:
    Make a collage of your feet in the sand at the beach. Suggested materials: Glue, scissors, white paper; Colored paper: blue, purple, green, tan, brown (or markers to make colored paper)
  • 10 to 11 a.m., Music – Down by the Bay:
    Explore the ways that music can remind us of the ocean with movement, games, and songs in English and Spanish. Suggested materials and resources: Scarves, Found sounds (household items such as spoons, sticks, cans, etc.), Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic, Row, Row, Row Your Boat in Spanish
  • 11 a.m. to noon, Fun Friday – Pet Care:
    A local family introduces their pets and gives pointers for keeping all sorts of pets happy and healthy.

Week 2: June 22-26, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

ELA: Fictional Narratives (Part 1)

Read The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg and learn what makes a fictional narrative; use a six-scene graphic organizer to plan a piece of fictional writing.

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Math: Finding the Value of a Fair Share

Review place value and rounding with a 4-digit number; explore fractions with a shape-folding activity; read The Lion’s Share by Matthew McElligott; learn the game Four in a Row Products.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ELA: Fictional Narratives (Part 2)

Read an excerpt from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and identify internal and external character traits; use adjectives to describe characters in a piece of fictional writing.

Suggested materials:

  • Fictional narrative writing from the previous episode (part 1).

Math: Fractions on a Number Line

Use addition and subtraction to solve magic number problems; explore fractions on a number line; read Pigs will be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrodlearn; play Multiplication and Division Line-Ups Score.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

ELA: Fictional Narratives (Part 3)

Read Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and explore elements of a mystery; learn how to add suspense to fictional writing.

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Math: Sums and Differences with Fractions

Review place value and rounding with a 5-digit number; solve story problems using fractions with like denominators; play the game Remainder Race.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

ELA: Fictional Narratives (Part 4)

Play a game to review narrative writing; learn how to make a “narrative grab bag” to write silly stories at home.

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Math: Equivalent Amounts

Solve math riddles with decimals; explore equivalent fractions; read The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins; identify prime numbers with the game Prime Time.

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Friday, June 26, 2020 –
Kindergarten through 5th Grade Fun Friday

Week 3: June 29-July 3, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

ELA: Using Evidence in Mystery Writing

Learn about evidence and alibis; read an excerpt from Crime and Puzzlement by Lawrence Treat; organize evidence in writing.

No additional materials needed.

Math: Representing Decomposing Numbers

Review reading, writing and representing fractions; solve multiplication “number train” problems; read Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz; learn the place value game Surrounding Digits.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

ELA: Using Evidence in Opinion Writing

Read an excerpt from Crime and Puzzlement by Lawrence Treat and identify explicit and inferred evidence; write an opinion paragraph using evidence and reasons.

No additional materials needed.

Math: Comparing Numbers

Practice placing fractions on a number line; solve multi-step story problems; read Counting on Frank by Rod Clement; play the game Close to 1,000.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ELA: Writing Book Reviews

Read My Snake Blake by Randy Seigel; write a book review.

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Math: Growing Quantities

Review ways to represent a fraction; solve multi-step story problems with multiplication and division; read The King’s Chessboard by David Birch; learn the game Triple Digit Dare.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

ELA: Writing Persuasive Letters

Read I Want a New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff; practice open syllabication rules; learn to write a persuasive letter.

No additional materials needed.

Math: Exploring Tangrams

Review fraction concepts with “Fraction Splat”; solve multi-step story problems; read Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert; compare decimals with the game Decimal War.

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Friday, July 3, 2020 –
Kindergarten through 5th Grade Fun Friday

  • 8 to 9 a.m., Physical Education – Drum Fit, Part II:
    Review drumming patterns and the Ghostbusters routine; aim for a personal best with a “one-minute fast track” activity; do a yoga cool-down. Suggested materials: Assorted materials for drumming at home such as short pool noodles, wooden spoons, laundry baskets, cushions, etc.
  • 9 to 10 a.m., Art – My Room is a Zoo!:
    Turn your room into a zoo with animals inspired by Amate folk art. Suggested materials: Brown grocery bad, brown or black watercolor paint, white chalk, tempera paint in a variety of colors (or crayons/colored pencils), black permanent marker, How to Draw Animals.
  • 10 to 11 a.m., Musical Adventures – The Animal Fair:
    Sing, play and move with animal songs in English and Spanish; read Tuesday by David Wiesner set to music. Suggested materials: Yarn, percussion instruments (or wooden spoons and buckets).
  • 11 a.m. to noon, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Families:
    Learn strategies to build relationships, cope with stress, and promote resilience at home. Suggested materials: July 3: SEL Resource Folder.

Week 4: July 6-10, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

ELA: Sensory Details

Read Toad by Ruth Brown and identify words that show sensory details; use adjectives to describe sunflowers in a writing activity.

No additional materials needed.

Math: Combinations Everywhere

Explore patterns with multiples of 3 and 6; solve place value problems; read The Sundae Scoop by Stuart J. Murphy; learn about decimal place value with the game Guess that Decimal.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

ELA: Noticing Numbers

Learn how numbers can be used to write an effective explanation and read Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code by Joseph Bruchac; write about U.S. Representative Deb Haaland using specific numbers.

No additional materials needed.

Math: What’s in a Number?

Review place value with 5-digit numbers; solve fraction story problems; read Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford; play the game Multiplication Memory.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ELA: Similes and Metaphors

Learn how authors use comparisons such as similes and metaphors; read Tornadoes by Seymour Simon and identify signal words; use comparisons in a paragraph about New Mexico.

No additional materials needed.

Math: More Fun with Numbers

Practice multiplication and division concepts with a “Which One Doesn’t Belong” activity; solve fraction word problems; read Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore; learn the addition game PIG.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

ELA: Using Examples

Read Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson and learn how examples support an author’s message; practice using commas in a series; write about Katherine Johnson.

No additional materials needed.

Math: Math in the Real World

Review fraction concepts with Fraction Splat; solve multi-step story problems; read The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and do “marshmallow geometry”; learn the game Quick Draw with Multiples.

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Friday, July 10, 2020 –
Kindergarten through 5th Grade Fun Friday

  • 8 to 9 a.m., Physical Education – Fitness, Fun and Dance:
    Warm up with a color-coded movement game; play Keep It Up and do a quick dance routine; beat your personal best with One-Minute Fast Track.  Suggested materials: Six different colored socks or paper to write color names 20 small items, like pieces of paper rolled into a ball or legos Balloon or zip-top bag
  • 9 to 10 a.m., Art – Let’s Build a House!:
    Read Outside My Window by Linda Ashman and learn about elements of architecture; use a printing technique with objects from home to design your own house. Suggested materials/websites: Large paper (18inX12in) Black tempera paint, colored pencils or markers, crayons Printing objects: pieces of cardboard, bubble wrap, paper towel tube, foil and plastic wrap, Art for Kids HubWatercolor Painting Lessons for Kids
  • 10 to 11 a.m., Musical Adventures – Friendship Around the World:  Sing partner songs, use words with rhythm, and keep a steady beat while exploring friendship around the world. Suggested materials: Found instruments (wooden spoons, pots, sticks, etc.)
  • 11 a.m. to noon, New Mexico Museum of Natural History:
    Become a fossil detective and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. No additional materials needed.