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    Lucy Calkins and Colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project present Foundational Reading Skills: Fluency (K-2)

    Conflict Resolution

    Made this for Staff Appreciation for a cafeteria staff member from Cameron's class.

    Custodian appreciation/birthday

    Autobiography Island - Shake up how you get to know your students. could be a good way to introduce a mini lesson/assesment on map skills

    End of the year gift!! Class photo of what they want to be when they grow up

    Teaching Onomatopoeia door decor

    A MUST use for next year's rdg journals! rubric for reading response journals. (Marzano)

    Five Surefire Ways to Turn Teachers Against Each Other: All the things an administration can do that might possibly pit teachers against each other.

    This looks like a great book to start the year off! Hilarious! What third grader doesn't use too much glue?

    Classroom reward system- If the class shows great behavior, they will get to color in a letter tile of their choice. When every tile is colored in, the students will win that specific award. I just googled "Scrabble Font" and downloaded it for free. :)

    Compound Sentences

    KETCHUP folder: When students are absent, place a "ketchup folder" on their desk and slide their missed assignments inside the folder throughout the day.


    Clever classroom sign for any grade level...

    Life in 4B...: Search results for language workshop

    Instead of giving parents a list of students during field trips, give them a lanyard! Add: cell phone numbers, school phone numbers, and schedule for the day.

    Student's mosaic self portrait. Kid's 100th day of school activity.

    Insert any question: Get to know you question, holiday question, what did you do over spring break...this could be used in so many ways. Maybe leave up all year and change out the questions and answers.

    The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.

    Do you fall in the too-many-questions trap? Great tips in this post for effective questioning.

    Candy Medals for Family Game Night or any event

    Great anchor chart for Summarizing. This 4th grade teacher has a ton of good ideas!

    Team use of iPads -The Cornerstone