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Give students the answer and ask them to create the question / problem. Could do this with literature.

Collaborative post it art...could do this for when the kiddos are done are a little early, keep it going all year

A cooperative activity that promotes including everyone. Lots of modeling & discussion would make this great for building community.

Password to enter the room: letter, shape, number, sight word, names Could also have a password journal where the kids write it each day

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Classroom Activities before a field trip to the Zoo! Nice templates for art work or journaling. I want to use as doodling/ zentangle

Class stationary! Give each kid a post-it to draw their portrait and then make copies. My kids love writing letters!! Love this!

Use old Scholastic book order forms to sort books: Fiction/Nonfiction or To Entertain/To Inform, etc.... What a brilliant idea!

This is a great strategy for increasing engagement in your students and for using higher order thinking skills, whether you teach Kindergarten or grade twelve