Among the proven techniques for improving test scores is regular exposure to skills that will be required for those tests. Daily exposure to language skills -- including skills of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar -- will build students' skills and increase test scores.
Love this idea! Sentence Surgery...laminated unedited sentence strips, bandaid strips for ending punctuation, small round bandages for commas and quotations, tongue depressors to mark capitalization, and 'Emergency Kit' paper bags w/ red cross on them (to keep surgery supplies). Can adjusted to use K-6...the kids loved it!
STORY STICKS. Yellow = character, Red = conflict, Green = setting, Blue = "Special". Choose one of each and then make up a story based on what you've picked - I like this idea for family time. BUT JUST COLOR THE BOTTOM AND WRITE ON IT SO STUDENTS PICK A STICK TO FORM GROUP STORY WRITERS