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Writing Pin 2: Scene of the Crime Writing: Set up a fake crime scene. Then have all the children to gather around and examine the scene of the crime. After they have all looked at the crime scene have them return to their desk and tell them to write a story about what they thought happened. This will make some interesting stories, but I would use this in only 4th or 5th grade.

I give each of the kids a page with a different idiom on it and then we put all the pages together to make a class book. They love to check it out from the book bin!

If I were trapped in a snow globe. Use a plastic bowl or plate & epsom salt. Love!

Character Trait Anchor Chart

Questioning

Basic but sometimes basic is best.

More report writing

mini lessons- writing report and making connections

Tall Tales

100 Ways to Say Said

Personal Narrative Chart

Keeping Up With Class: Adjectives

Delicious Descriptions. Fun descriptive writing activity with Hershey Kisses (great for Valentines Day!). The post has tons of pictures and printable Hershey Kiss Template and activity sheet.

Main Idea Anchor Chart

Persuasive writing lesson so cute! Dear Santa ... I Can Explain

glow and grow... cute assessment idea

report writing lessons

Determining Importance: great anchor and lesson

Inside The Classroom: Mentor Texts For Writer's Workshop :}

snowball fight - kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper (or maybe how they spent their vacation?), but they don't write their name. throw the "snowballs" for a few minutes, then pick up the ball closest to you. try and figure out who wrote what!! what a fun first day back from winter break activity!

Jackpot of Google Docs templates, such as this newspaper one!

Strategies for teaching students that just don't understand main idea.

Character bags @Marie-Josée McConnell

anchors - figurative language

Cool Country Report: Fill-in Poster