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Some effective ways to get students more involved and keep them on task.

Classroom awards for even the most challenging students!

Strong Verbs. I am loving all the verbs, but please ignore the horrible font, Comic Sans. I know most people would not notice this, but I cannot stand this font. Anyways strong verbs to keep in mind.

Pinner said: One of the best sites I have seen for helping set up Writer's Workshop. She has amazing ideas for genre units (and celebrations)!

Work on Writing: Use spiral notebooks as topic journals that the whole class can contribute to. For example, in the "Ouch!" notebook, everyone would write about and/or respond to what others had written about a time they got hurt. Kind of like a blog... but not on the computer! One child writes in a notebook during a session, so again this is similar to Read to Self in that it is a "Write by yourself" time. They can choose any journal that interests them! Other topics include dinosaurs, pet...

YW- activity- Website where students can upload photos of themselves and fill it with words about themselves and their interests! I LOVE THIS

Winter trees. Owl Moon project.

A list of ways kids can use sticky notes to record their thinking while reading - their metacognition....

"Challenge capsules" for students who finish early-- keep those high achievers moving. I love the choice/surprise element here. It makes it a privilege, not a punishment. If we make sure the activities aren't just more of the same, this is great idea!

Using Children's Literature to Science

Classroom Freebies: Word Wall Signs

=) Mother Teresa was so smart

Check out the "go to" place to find updated materials that are aligned with Common Core materials.

Cloud inspector (science for kids, weather activity). Print, cut out, adhere to popsicle stick, send kid outside to look at the sky. Perfect!

Cloud inspector (science for kids, weather activity). Print, cut out, adhere to popsicle stick, send kid outside to look at the sky. Perfect!