friday journals - students write a note on friday to their parents telling what they learned that week, and parents write a short response back to their child, and the journal comes back monday. for every parent response, students get a sticker to add to the cover. great way to get parents involved and have students take more ownership of their learning!
Persuasive OREO Writing: Great idea for middle school! The students could even be given Oreos as a treat. It's a way easier way to explain persuasive papers to a younger crowd. I also feel that it could maybe only be a prop because any paper writing require more attention and more description than that.
Love this idea! Synonym Garden - paint chips/boring words/thesaurus. Boring word goes on palest color, more interesting words go on vibrant color. Make a bulletin board out of all the words to be used throughout year when writing/speaking.
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