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Teaching homophones - Read Dear Deer and list all of the homophones on a chart. Assign different words to students to have them define the words. Then play a game: Each student gets a word taped to their back, and they must get help from their classmates to determine what their word is. The students can only gives them one word adjectives for clues.

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Mentor Texts To Use For Modeled Writing

Great mentor texts to use for for modeled writing.

Writing Mentor Texts - next week I will begin teaching the Lucy Calkins writing program and found this website to be very useful for finding texts that display the writing objectives I will be teaching.

Writing mini-lesson: Descriptive writing. Choosing the right words can paint a picture. This is a great activity to reinforce the importance of Showing not Telling.

"Tired word wall" where kids go grab synonyms to use in their writing instead of the "tired words"... love it!