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Character Scrapbook ...analyze the characters in any book! Wow! From Scholastic

Character Scrapbook |

Because of Winn-Dixie Novel Study Kate DiCamillo

Research Folder: Students make pockets with specific questions about their research. While researching, they write the answers on note cards and place the note cards in the pockets of their folders. This idea was used in a fourth grade classroom, but I could see it being used in an older classroom, particularly with students uncomfortable with research.

Writing a Research Paper

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies. This project is so simple, and you can do it with any novel. This example is for Where the Red Fern Grows.

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies

Drawing Conclusions- have students write their inferences on the light bulbs! If you laminate them with their names printed on them, they become reusable! Just make sure that the students print with vis-a-vis. Wipe off with a spray of Windex and a paper towel.

The Resourceful Room!: Drawing Conclusions and Giveaway Winner!

Idioms Anchor Chart

Book Kites ... When you lift the flap, it has the student's favorite quotes from the book.

A great hands on activity for practicing cause and effect.

Reading: This is a great website that allows teachers or parents to record themselves reading for children! This is great to use in the classroom as a "mystery reader" in case the parents can't make it out to the school to read a book to the class. Plan on doing this twice a month in the future! :)

Kids Books Online - Free recordable children's ebooks from A Story Before Bed

cereal box book reports...can't get to the site...but this is awesome! Use the front of the box of a picture, one side of the box for a summary, the other for the student's critique of the book, the back for all of the story elements! Kids would love this!

onomatopoeia project, Lichtenstein

GREAT WAY TO TEACH THEME! Think that it is cool how they were able to make it interesting for teenagers.

4th Grade Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core. Great to use in small groups, whole groups, centers, reading workshop, or literature circles! $

Common Core: Graphic Organizers for Reading Literature Grades 3-5

Guided Reading Weekly Planning Guide -- this includes forms for classrooms with 4 or 5 reading groups. It's a one page document that enables you to have a week-at-a-glance planning guide for all of your guided reading groups. This has been a lifesaver in my organization and planning for guided reading this year! I don't know why I didn't make this form 7 years ago!

Guided Reading Weekly Planning Guide

The End of Year ELA Review: Brain Games and Puzzles resource includes 10 fun, engaging, and challenging brain games or puzzles to review English/language arts content. The puzzles facilitate critical thinking skills as well as review the following skills: simile, metaphor, personification, theme, idioms, irony, mood, tone, novel, symbolism, all parts of speech, anagrams, setting, plot, protagonist, climax, resolution, transitions, spelling, and compound words.

Science themed early chapter books for kids ages 6 to 10

Science Themed Chapter Books for Kids

3-2-1 (I've been doing a version of this during GR....would be great to have this as a laminated version for students to use in their book boxes and/or at the GR table).

Create●Teach●Share: Non-Fiction Know-It-Alls

Dice Games - non fiction, fiction, spelling, dictionary, thesaurus: Have each student roll the dice and complete the assignment. Great seat work during guided.

Dice Games - Reading and Language Arts - Freebie!


Free Reference Sources Mini Lesson

I like the idea of students tracking their progress throughout the quarter instead of having a specific point value posted.

4th Grade Frolics: B2S SALE and Friday 5!!!

Citing evidence; 3 columns; Direct Quote, Paraphrase, Idea from my own Mind...then discuss or write on which method best answers the question, should be eye opener for direct quote or citing text evidence

Teaching in Room 6: Digging in to Find Evidence

Anchors Away Monday {06.02.14} Point of View by Crafting Connections!

Figurative Language/ Thrift Shop Parody... Middle school kids and 2 teachers re-wrote the words to explain figurative language. Cool and school appropriate = perfect combination!

"Prove It!" - finding evidence task cards - a great way for students to consult the text & prove their answers

Prove It! Finding Evidence Task Cards

Beginning Middle End Flip Books - Reading Narratives/Fiction