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

What's Skow-ing on in 4th Grade??: back to school

Love this idea! (I often see similar activities for math, but this is the first time I've seen this activity used within a literacy lesson.)

Having students put this in their reading journals for when they meet with their groups to give them ways to encourage their discussion.

Need to read. Learning shouldn't be about copying and reciting word for word

Put a different colored dot on each desk in a group. When you need to have one student from each table do something, you can just simply say "Green dots, come get the papers for your table." or "Orange dots, take your table's trash to the trashcan."

Three Tiny Tips - Owl-ways Be Inspired

25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9. Would be a good FHE lesson

25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9

All Students Can Shine: Reading At Home - Tips For Parents

All Students Can Shine: Reading At Home - Tips For Parents

Students must find 20 adjectives that describe themselves.--Good first day of school activity to get to know students

Fabulous Fourth Grade: Teaching Students about Adjectives!

Students write a letter to a parent about what they did during the week. The parent writes back a short note in response. "If the students bring their Friday Journal back on Monday with a parent response, they receive a sticker on the cover of their journal. By the end of the year, the cover looks really cool and the parents have a special keepsake."

GENRE OVERVIEW: includes brief definition of teach genre.

Genre Chart! » Mr. Sapia's Classroom

Students who are missing an assignment on its due date fill out the yellow form and turn it in instead. When the assignment gets turned in, note the date and point deduction on the form, retain bottom portion for your records, and hand back the paper. Great for explaining grades at parent conferences!

This blog post is a must read for all teachers!!! Research shows that when students track their own learning and data they perform better on high stakes tests, have increased intrinsic motivation, and do better in school. This post walks you through a super clear step-by-step process to help you start implementing Student Data Tracking binders in your classroom! So easy and so much positive change in the classroom!$

Students have to write in a log every time they do not turn in their homework on time and explain themselves. This helps teachers keep track of how many times the same student does not do his/her homework, makes students think about why they did not do their homework, and establishes accountability.

Fabulous writing cycle display

One Lesson at a Time: A New Take on the Writing Cycle

"I Map" - from Jeff Anderson's Mechanically Inclined.......beginning of the year activity.....get to know you activity

Close Reading in 1st Grade & A Freebie - Thank God Its First Grade (TGIF!)

The best organization of a Writer's Notebook I've found- plus, simple activities for starting writing off 'WRITE!' this school year! :)

A layout to be used with biographies. Students create a poster project in lieu of a report....