I would use these in my classroom after teaching contractions. I would divide students into groups and have each group create different contraction kites, then have them share and hang from the ceiling as reminders!
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Listen to reading: Great websites that have stories read online - FREE. She also has a FREE book critic form the students can complete after they listen to the story. I like this for my technology corner.
peer book recommendations - fun idea for beginning of the year, too - maybe a book you read over the summer. Also, could do this with peer music recommendations. I could restrict to certain genres or artistic periods.