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Lesson Plan Ideas

Do you have kids who need to increase their ability to focus? Why not try teaching them to Zentangle? Joy of Teaching -

6 Reasons to Zentangle in the Classroom | Mrs. Joy Hall

Moon Phases Plate- Can't find this activity on the site the picture is linked to, but am sure I could use the picture to do something similar. Would want to write something on stick indicating where the sun would be.

Paint push lights to make your very own solar system. This looks so cool hanging on the way {illuminated planets}

I have who has Outer Space : A 20 slide printable game or activity about space, planets, and the solar system.

What if the other planets were as close as the moon

Introducing Writer's Notebook powerpoint for smartboard use

100 classroom organizing tricks.

Awesome Idea!! "Word boxes: If a student doesn't know how to spell a word, they check the card in the box. If it's not there, they bring the card to me, we spell it together, and then the card goes back in its spot when they're done. Promotes independent writers - could use to supplement a word wall

Terri's Teaching Treasures: Writing Word Boxes

Writing Offices for students... The students have these offices available when they are writing and can refer to the info.

Encourage descriptive writing with these alternatives to "said".

daily writing prompts - I've done this, going to give it a try again. You can give them a prompt and/or allow them to select their own topic. Develops writing fluency! Also do 1-minute alphabet writer (they write alphabet in sequence over, and over until a minute is done- do uppercase and lowercase separately....good for handwriting/letter writing fluency).

The One-Minute Writer: Today's Writing Prompt: Adult

One minute activities to get the kids' blood pumping and to break up seat time. I'm definitely doing this!

This is so hard for kids. It is a great chart to add to a minilesson next year.

A Literate Life - Anchor Charts