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write contractions down on caps and then have students create sentences with the contractions they chose. Then have the rest of the class identify what the contraction in each sentence is and what two words make up the contraction.

Author Study-I love the idea of always keeping an active author study.. There are so many great authors that I would love to introduce my kids to! These are great to set up after a read aloud so students can see more of the author's writings. {Image only}

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35 Spelling Games For Students Of All Ages

A fantastic roundup of fun spelling games that will suit students of all ages. http://topnotchteaching.com/lesson-ideas/35-spelling-games/

Practice Non-Fiction Main Idea with TFK, Scholastic News, and other freebie articles! Cut off the titles and have students re-write the titles using their main idea magic :)

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7 Ideas For a Child Who Thinks Books are Boring

7 ideas to get your reluctant readers to read! (That aren't as hard as you think.)