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Level It Books. App that tells you the DRA, gre, lexlile, and guided reading level just by scanning it!

Secondgradealicious: How About a Tug of War? Making Thinking Visible - an excellent resource for promoting engagement and higher order thinking skills!

Guided Reading: Daily ideas on how to structure a small reading group

middle school classroom design | ... - Classroom Design / Upper elementary/middle school classroom idea

wwwatanabe: Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge

5 Reasons to Use Nearpod in the Classroom - Nearpod is a free tool that you can use to create enriched multimedia presentations. Great guest blog post by Jen Kimbrell of Tech with Jen

Crime Scene in the Classroom!!!! Boston Massacre CSI for students to investigate primary sources and support their claims with evidence. Too much fun!!!!

A game for 2 or 3 players. Each player chooses a colour pencil or texta they will use in the game. Players take turns rolling the dice, using the numbers that they rolled to draw the perimeter of a rectangle or square & writing the area in the middle of the shape. Game ends when players run out of room to draw. Winner is the player who has used the largest area/most squares.

back to school: This is set up for 4th grade but can be used for beginning of the year discussions of expectations.

Book binding for paper bag books. Idea for end of the year portfolio or scrapbook. Very creative!

Utilizing balloons just like the house in the movie [Up], National Geographic partnered with two world class balloon pilots, engineers, and scientists to create the largest balloon cluster flight in the world. A 16 foot by 16 foot house hovered at over 10,000 feet in the air above Los Angeles for about an hour creating an incredible air show for bystanders. (Teacher: What is the area of the house?)

classroom expectations | method to organize classroom expectations...this is interesting.

FREE measurement and multiplication facts lanyard cards. Students wear these all day long and call each other by the answer on their cards. Lots of fun!

Assign parents "top secret" homework the week before TEST. Their homework is to secretly send in a letter of encouragement to be given to their child before they start! Great idea! Have other teachers in the building write to students that you don't receive notes from their parents. Love this