Grade 3/4 Ignited Literacy MARCH


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Ever wondered how to get your students to love reading and writing? Love Genius Hour, or need a differentiated approach that gives students more voice and choice in what they read and write? Keep students engaged in writing all year long while meeting curriculum standards.

Ignited Literacy is your answer

→ Use research based strategies for teaching writing including

→ Gradual release of responsibility

→ Student led inquiry

→ Teaching spelling and grammar in context

→ Using mentor texts

→ Teacher conferences which support the cycle of assessment

This is month 6 in this series

To get started please begin with month 1 (September)

This resource will:

  • ✐ Give you a detailed schedule of what to do in your literacy block, including reading and writing.
  • ✐ Provide you with a read aloud guide that includes discussion and questioning prompts and teacher think aloud suggestions.
  • ✐ Includes original shared reading texts each week.
  • ✐ Teach spelling, grammar, and conventions in context with an ‘essential skills’ checklist.
  • ✐ Teach students how to use mentor texts as models to support good writing.
  • ✐ Writing mini-lesson guide that highlights effective instructional strategies.
  • ✐Engage your students in reading and writing.

Each weeks lessons will include:

1) Detailed lesson plans for the teacher

2) Lesson support pages for reading and writing mini lessons for student use

3) ‘Read Aloud Guide’ with suggested think alouds

4) Shared reading text – paired with read aloud

5) Guided reading text – paired with read aloud

6) Guided reading lesson plan and tracking page

7) Student center pages

  • ‘Word Work Choice Board’
  • ‘Reading response questions and choice board’
  • ‘Writing Idea Menu’
  • ‘Student Feedback/Conference Reporting Page’

8) Assessment Tracking Pages

March Activities

The focus this month is on writing strong middles. Students sometimes struggle with developing the plot of the story beyond the problem. In this month stories will be analyzed and students will focus in their own writing of adding in details and descriptions that build better plots in their stories. Learning about how persuasive writing is used to make change in society as well as an advertising technique. Students will move from week to week with focus on these strategies to further develop their reading and writing skills. Additional mini lessons will focus on understanding more about science fiction, newspapers, and fake news.

With a focus on developing perseverance students will learn more about how children can persevere and make a difference.

In this month there are a variety of activities to engage students in learning. Included this month are:

Books this month:

Week #1 – The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Week #2 – No Lesson This Week (Spring Break)

Week #3 – Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan

Week #4 – Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Weekly Differentiated Readings

In each package, there are 3 different texts that can be used for shared, guided or independent reading. Each text is provided at three different reading levels from grade 3-6. With this resource, you can assign the same story for many different students who are all reading at different levels.

Original Differentiated Reading Texts Included in March:

  1. Ingrid Ice
  2. N/a – Spring Break
  3. A Plea for Pip
  4. The Peter Pan Ban

✍ With ‘Ignited Literacy’ your students will finally cheer when it is language arts instead of groan. And you as the teacher will have a solid plan to teach language, and fit it all in. ✍


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Grade 3/4 Ignited Literacy MARCH