This is the CUTEST writing assignment EVER!!! I did this a few years ago and their ideas of my secret life were hilarious!

My Teacher's Secret Life (Aladdin Picture Books): Stephen Krensky, Joann Adinolfi Fun book! Have the kids write about what they think their teacher's secret life is.their responses crack me up!

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A great visual rubric. I love this! It is so important for students to see models! Using a rubric scale to compare weak and strong writing models is a great way for students to begin to reflect on their own writing!

A great way to teach points of view in writing...and not to mention, it's funny! @Sharon Macdonald Macdonald Bates @Julie Forrest Neumann Lindsey

Seriously, Cinderella is so annoying! : the story of Cinderella as told by the wicked stepmother by Trisha Speed Shaskan. The classic tale of Cinderella is told by her stepmother, who was not really so wicked after all.

Grammar Journals ... interesting way to teach/integrate grammar lessons. Left side is the grammar lesson with rules; right side is their attempts at using it in their own way with a writing prompt. Then, you assess them during the week as a "bellringer"or "do now" assignment.

Grammar Journals are an interesting way to teach/integrate grammar lessons. Left side is the grammar lesson with rules, and the right side is their attempts at using it in their own way with a writing prompt. Could use as a method of assessment.

@Lisa Collins - Lisa, I wanted you too see this girls teaching blogs, I think you will find them really useful someday :)   3rd Grade Thoughts: Writers Workshop: Revising (ARMS) & Editing (COPS)

Writers Workshop: Revising (ARMS) & Editing (COPS)

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Idiom of the day

Idioms of the Week; A School Year of Idioms

Idiom of the Week I am in love! What a fun poster for an ELL class. Idioms are so difficult for ELL students and a poster they can reference and read on their own would be so helpful.

Weekly Morning Message - Use one morning message per week to teach grammar. Monday: Correct mistakes. Tuesday-Thursday, find vowel patterns, punctuation, contractions, compound words, parts of speech, etc. Friday: Circle the parts of a friendly letter.

Weekly Morning Message - Use one morning message per week to teach grammar. Tuesday-Thursday, find vowel patterns, punctuation, contractions, revise for sentence fluency.

friend venn...what a cool idea!

Friend Venn -Finding things in common. This would be awesome to do! You could get a new "friend" each week until you made one with every student in the class! Great way for everyone to find a way to be friends!

Writing Centers

Classroom Walls - Jennifer Jones - Picasa Web Albums: really like this writing center

Character Education lessons:  -for creative writing  -for inspiration  -for motivation  -to examine/discuss different traits  -to explore values

Have students help come up with the words! Love this bulletin board or wall art idea about being yourself. I did it in my office and I get a lot of good feedback.

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