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Acknowledge student reading!

Read Beads! - Tina's Teaching Treasures

Using duct tape on spiral notebooks to help keep them together longer / use small piece of tape inside back cover and ribbon to make bookmark

Science Notebooks

George and Martha

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3 messy mud writing activities from growingbookbybook...

Books for Kids: Mud - Growing Book by Book

Cafe 1123: Character Paper Bag Project…LOVE this!

Cafe 1123: Character Paper Bag Project

Retell Rope

Retell Rope. Original idea from The Daily CAFE. - via @LDruart

From the first 4-pack of "Keep It Fresh! Writing Centers," WRITING BATTLES has students write persuasively to convince their classmates that one topic is better than another... like, cake is better than cookies. Classmates read the battle papers at the end of the week and vote! ($)

What's Your Opinion? - Sentence starters from Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn! This site also offers a video and other ideas for teaching persuasive writing.

Stories By Storie: Ten Pin Linky - Writing Ideas

Reading Strategies sentence stems reading comprehension think aloud questions sentence stems

THINK ALOUD Question Stems

Haiku tunnel books - really like this project!

Tunnel Books | TeachKidsArt

Help Students Build a Reading Identity I’m the kind of reader who… I want to be the kind of reader who… My reading goals are…

Mrs. Duke's Kindergarten Class - 2013 Reading Fair Board on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

musical chairs writing When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off. 10 minute intervals

10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids!

So many uses for this book! reading comp: theme. Writing: word choice, voice, illustrating, brainstorming, vivid verbs  persuasive writing- having students write an advertisement for a book they have written.

Persuasive book reviews from Teaching Maddeness. Wonderful blog by a fantastic second grade teacher!

Using the description in the book, the students drew the setting of the novel. They then used text citations (quotes and paraphrases) to justify what they included in the drawing. Could be adapted to pretty much any novel.