Table Top Twitter! This writing activity can be used as a quick formative assessment tool to see what students are comprehending and also to see what connections they can make to the text. Each student can be given a different color of marker so that teacher is able to see individual student understanding.
Graffiti Tables". Basically, it's an interactive, hands-on way to teach guided reading groups. How does it work? Each Friday we cover our reading table with large sheets of butcher paper. We design our weekly tables based on the unit theme and skills for that particular week
3-2-1 with NF : Here's a model of the 3-2-1 Nonfiction Reading Strategy Graphic Organizer. It was 1st modeled by the T on how to complete it, then the kids completed one at a station. Being able to read informational texts effectively is a fundamental quality of successful readers. After reading nonfiction books or articles, this graphic organizer helps st. summarize what they have learned.
My students last year loved having whole class journals to write in. They had a chance to write in them during Work on Writing, and a chance to read them during Read to Self. I made up a new set of 8. At the moment they are pretty plain covers, but once a student writes in it they have the option of choosing a sticker from my collection to place on the front cover. The stickers show me how many kids have tackled each topic.