Inference Bags - Put mystery items in each bag. Have students write out 6 clues about their mystery object in the bag. The clues shouldn't be obvious, but they do have to be factual. Once finished, students will read clues & make inferences about what the mystery object is.
No Homework Binder--Each student has a blank page in the binder. The student must write the date, assignment, and reason for not having it on their page for each forgotten assignment. Keeps track of # missing and reasons. Great management tool!
Daily 5: What Should Students Do While the Teacher Works with a Small Group? By Kelly Harmon Students need to read and write for authentic reasons in order to increase proficiency. The Daily 5 is a framework developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser for organizing independent-level activities that students can do for purposeful practice of strategies and skills. To begin, teachers meet with students and develop anchor charts that explicitly describe what students and teachers are…
Don't accept "no" for an answer... I Do, We Do, You Do: I can't...I don't know... ***NOTE - I can't find the original source of this anchor chart...tried to do an image search, but still couldn't find the original post.*** (Whoever created this, it's AWESOME!)
Every Friday Chase’s teacher asks her students to write down the names of 4 children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. She also asks the students to nominate one student whom they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her... And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, Chase’s teacher takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her & studies them. She looks for patterns. She's looking…
Fill an old purse with "essential items." Pass it around the classroom, letting kids pull one item out, examine it, and put it back in the bag. Then fill out the "what's in my teacher's bag?" page to INFER why your teacher would need that item.... Then do the same with the [clean] trash! Great inference lesson!
"This is one of my FAVORITE classroom management tools!! It can be soooo time consuming to answer the questions...Can we use markers?, Do we turn this in?, Is this a talking activity? I love using these assignment choice signs to answer those questions without me doing the work. Once I give directions for an activity, I quickly place checks and X's by the cards and my students know exactly where to look for the answer."