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This is a story tower where children illustrate the title on one card, the setting, author's purpose, beginning, middle, end... whatever! They write sentences or a paragraph on the back. Then they build it...This can be each child doing one card to build a group story tower or each child can make their own.(Pic only/See explanation above)

The Book Fairy-Goddess: Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh my!

The Book Fairy-Goddess: Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh my!

FREE Dodecahedron Book Report Idea~ Template, photo of an example, project guidelines, and grade sheet are all available here, for free. Check out this idea, and lots more at Book Projects!

Download 80+ printable animal articles, with reading comprehension questions

Animal Articles for Kids

Amazing free resource sponsored by Smithsonian. Daily high-interest articles categorized by grade level with quiz challenges and more. Excellent non-fiction resource for FREE!

Wild About Words!: Great Informational Text Resource...FREE!

Slinky Character Trait Person - FREEBIE. Students could use this to write and share about themselves.

Slinky Character Trait Person


Writing with Text Evidence

Meatballs in the Middle: Writing with Text Evidence

cause and effect "find a friend"

The Teachers' Cauldron: Hodgepodge!

Cute idea for Fairy Tales

Jan Brett talking about the author and illustrator's craft. Very cool.

The Mitten, Jan Brett

This poster can be put up in the classroom for the students to refer back to when reading a story and considering different themes they come upon while reading. 2.RL.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral.

Fabulous Fourth Grade: Anchor Charts

Character Traits AND Antonyms Anchor Chart

The Smoke Seller. Great text for inferring character traits or feelings

A vocabulary foldable that is used for root words and their meanings.

Teaching in Room 6: Getting in those Root Words!

Having Fun with Funglish - YouTube. Vocabulary game that I did not know that existed. I believe we can adapt it with normal cards and play with it in our classes. Idea from Una Clase Con Clase

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

all kinds of great topic charts for math and ela

dandelions and dragonflies: Topic Charts

Flocabulary - Context Clues Video and activities Teach kids 4 types of context clues that help readers work out unfamiliar words and vocabulary

Context Clues - Examples of Context Clues - Flocabulary

▶ Miss Rumphius Audio Book - YouTube

Using Comic Life (or just creating a comic strip) to help the students understand the concept of summarizing non-fiction text.


▶ Introduction to Reading Skills: Main Idea/Topic - Episode 1 - YouTube

Main idea anchor chart - links "main idea" with "summarize." • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

SERIOUSLY, how have I never heard of this website before? This site is FULL of wonderful interactive reading strategy games...

WPSU Education - Blue Ribbon Readers