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The brain sees in borders, so by adding a border to the anchor chart, it helps the student better visualize and remember the information.

Reading anchor chart - using real pictures of students- great idea! Could add these to initial anchor chart as year goes on!

This week we were learning a few prefixes and suffixes! We introduced the lesson with an anchor chart.      Here is a super cute flipchart I...

Prefixes and Suffixes Interactive Journal ideas. Did you know that the CCSS specifically include Greek and Latin root study?

Math and language arts practice at your fingertips! Free app for K-12 students, available on iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.

Math and language arts practice at your fingertips! Free app for students, available on iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.

practice for Using the Dictionary, free printable

Here is a dictionary reference poster that our class made to help organize our thoughts about how dictionaries help readers and writers. I just copied a page out of our class dictionary on a color copy machine for the center.

Teaching purposeful talk: good idea for mini lessons and student analysis.

Turn and Talk Anchor Chart- Modeling, practicing, and hanging an anchor chart related to "turn & talk" will help students know expectations for literacy discussions. Turn and Talk gives all students an opportunity to have a voice.

The Daily Five- I see this working for Math Workshop as well!  Math-With-Self, Math-With-Someone (Math Games?), Math- With-Tech (Fastt Math, Building Blocks), Math Writing (Math Journal, problem writing), Fact Work (Fact Fluency Building)

Interactive Daily 5 Check in board. They just drag their picture to their choice and if all the spaces are taken, they will know they have to make a new choice! Talk a lot about making sure they get to every daily 5 choice by the end of the week.

Robert Marzano, a guru of vocabulary instruction, tells us that the bright kids need about 4 exposures to a word to own it, average students need about 14, and our struggling students need at least 40. Great exposure freebie!

4-14-40 Method

Awesome for vocabulary practice! Robert Marzano, a guru of vocabulary instruction, tells us that the bright kids need about 4 exposures to a word to own it, average students need about and our struggling students need at least Strategies for the classroom

Time to add some challenging fun to your classroom routine with Brain Teasers for teens! First, give these head-scratchers a try: When you’re ready, scroll down for the answers. Now, did you really...

Time to add some challenging fun to your classroom routine with Brain Teasers for teens! First, give these head-scratchers a try: When you’re ready, scroll down for the answers.

Simple, fun activity for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Simple, fun character point of view activity for Wonder by R. I'm thinking of having my students create word art with character traits about themselves.

Books listed by reading strategy - inferring, synthesizing, making connections, etc.

Books listed by reading strategy - inferring, synthesizing, making connections, etc. Go to reading resource II Super list of books.

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