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Kidblog: Starting Kidblog for the 1st time

Elementary teacher looking for an engaging writing lessons and ideas that also integrates technology in the classroom and parent communication? Check out Kidblog! Lot of great ideas!

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Teach Students to Create Mood in Writing

Humorous, eerie, gloomy or whimsical, creating mood in writing is what gives it life! Find out four ways to help your students develope this important writing skill, plus videos, and links to pictures to use in writing instruction. More

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Where to Submit Short Stories: 25 Magazines and Online Publications

This CD features eight exciting personalized songs that are sure to make your little superhero come to life! Imagine Marvel's most popular heroes, like The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and The Hulk taking your child on an audio adventure.

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Writers Workshop - Student Conference "Deli-Style" - Classroom Management

I’m a big fan of one-on-one conferencing with students as a way to connect with them and check for understanding. I use this “deli-style” format with students as a fun way to let them know it is their turn to conference with me. Each student is given a ticket (from 1 to how ever many students you have in class) at the beginning of class and meets me at the designated conference area in the room when they hear the “DING!” and their number appears on the projector screen. Kids love it!

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Great mini videos each with their own list of suggested guiding questions and writing tasks. Built for elementary school but by changing the questions could be used in middle school.

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Teaching Paragraph Writing: Topic Sentences

Here's an example of a T-chart that we use to organize our paragraph writing. Lots of ready to use ideas on this first of a four part series on Paragraph Writing.