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Discussion tables. Pick a passage from a book you are reading {read aloud, book club book, etc.} and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper and have the students write their thoughts about the passage and respond to their classmates.

Main Idea vs. Theme Sort! Free download. Plus a blog entry with other great ideas.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme


This is a great reading chart to have in any grade, including 4th - 8th grade classrooms! It is a chart that talks about goals students have for their reading and when they achieve different steps they can move up on the poster. I think it would be a great incentive in the classroom for kids to want to read more! I would probably make mine a little more colorful and creative, but I love the idea!

Even though Daily 5 is not station rotations I will definitely use this list of ideas for prompts for the students.

The Second Grade Superkids: Daily 5 Station Ideas

Freebie! This resource contains a lesson for both reading and writing workshops on comparing facts from two nonfiction texts. It also includes a printable graphic organizer and thinkmark for assessment.

Freebie...Compare Facts From Two Nonfiction Texts

Teaching Vocabulary Step By Step!

Team Stop Signs - Print these stop signs out and use them to help kids refocus when their team becomes noisy or off-task. One minute of reflection time is frequently all it takes!

Corkboard Connections: Stop Team Disruptions

Guided Reading Anchor Chart

Anchors Away (Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach)

Work with Words menu FREEBIE

I Love 2 Teach: Work with Words Menu

Literacy (aka Daily 3 Bootcamp) - modified daily 5 for intermediate- Really good ideas for modifying D5!

What Does the "Text" Say? Text Evidence Reading Response Printables

What Does the "Text" Say?

Ant Hill Craft to use as a class jigsaw in the shape of an ant hill. Each group would be in charge of teaching about ant: eggs, pupa, larvae, tunnels, food, queen, worker ants, etc. After presenting, we can put them all together in the shape of an ant hill. -jigsaw idea by Tyisha Brooks

123 Homeschool 4 Me: Bug Unit #1 - Ants

Ant Spoons – Spring Bug Craft for Kids. Can make these with Two Bad Ants after teaching character traits and setting.

Ant Spoons – Spring Bug Craft for Kids

Character Traits Poster from Primary Paradise - awesome blog post on teaching character traits.

Character Traits Part 2

#free #character traits worksheet- click through for book recommendations for teaching character traits

Quite a Character: Teaching Character Traits

Teaching about character traits. Substitutes for generic terms like "mean" or "good" for when writers need to be more specific.

Workshop Classroom: Teaching about character traits

Spelling Menu.pdf

Spelling Menu.pdf - Google Drive

FREE Spelling Homework Ideas

FREE Spelling Homework Ideas

Adjusting Reading Strategies to Author's Purpose - Mrs. Braun's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Braun's 2nd Grade Class

Set up a "homework options" chart. Maybe put a weekday at the top of each column, allow them to choose from that column. Staple to the top of all completed hw on Friday, with their choice for each night colored in/signed.

Spelling Menu.pdf - Google Drive

The Blog: Inferencing Practice for My School

The Blog: Inferencing Practice for My School

Fractured Fairy Tales Book List (from No Time For Flash Cards)

14 Fractured Fairy Tales - No Time For Flash Cards