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    parts of speech word sort {language arts}

    STORY STICKS. Yellow = character, Red = conflict, Green = setting, Blue = "Special". Choose one of each and then make up a story based on what you've picked - I like this idea for family time. BUT JUST COLOR THE BOTTOM AND WRITE ON IT SO STUDENTS PICK A STICK TO FORM GROUP STORY WRITERS

    Free! Spelling roll a word! Great idea to modify for vocab/artic activity.

    You simply post this up on the board and students must create a story using one phrase from each color. This is fun and challenging!

    Free printables to make your own classroom set of focus sticks. Students use focus sticks to develop and assess their own writing. Free corresponding classroom poster set.

    BRAIN BREAKS CANNOT wait to do this!!! I do some of these, but just off the top of my head. This will give the kids more of a variety.

    Interactive way to teacher sentence structure! Let students pick cards to create their own sentences, have students match cards to words/pictures, or even use the cards to learn parts of speech.

    Phonics cup 2

    WORD WALLS

    10 Popsicle stick centers for spelling and/or sight words--good for 2nd half of the year. In Sept., write student names on the sticks. Kids copy, then go find each student they wrote.

    vocabulary ideas- Can be used like regular four square. Call out a vocab word . Student is responsible for giving the info for the word in heir square while tossing the all. Rotate to next square and repeat when new word is given. Continue until all words used.

    Fiddle Sticks – "Undoubtedly the BEST game ever!! I’m not exaggerating. Fiddle Sticks really is the best activity ever, especially for practicing skills such as sight word recognition and math facts"

    Classroom Boggle- for kids who finish early! Also a great center activity

    10 sight word centers using popsicle sticks.

    Students get a post-it note and write a noun on it. Then, they stick it in the correct category. Simple! First Grade Blue Skies: Thinking Thumbs, an Award, and Nouns (oh, and a freebie, too!)

    spelling word practice

    You can have your students create a handy grammar rule organizer that they can refer too as they are writing.

    Main Idea Details Game - Students identify the main idea in a group of sentences that are mixed up inside an envelope! For a quick assessment, students record the main idea on a separate sheet of paper.

    Online tools for diagramming sentences

    Types of sentences

    Sarcasm 101: Story Sticks: put all in a container, students pick one of each color and write a story with the character, setting, problem and "extra" that they get. Genius!!!