Literature circles are a great way to get students grappling with the text. It is important to let students lead the discussion. Ideas for implementing a good literature circle are found on this website.
Safari and Wild Animals Activities~ Create Your Own Safari Animal! Great for 1st through 5th grade! Common Core Aligned! CCSS.ELA-Literacy W. 1.2, W.2.5, W.2.2, W.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
The Big Box of Phonemic Awareness Activities. Over 500 pictures designed to teach syllables, rhyme, beginning sounds, onset-rime, phoneme isolation and segmentation. Common core aligned. Activity cards. Just grab the tote and you're ready to go!