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The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.

Group work trick: Each student writes their own answer on a post-it, they being the answers together and write a group answer in the center.

Growth Mindset Picture Books

Are you teaching your students about growth mindset? These books by Kobi Yamada are perfect for helping students understand how to reframe issues. What Do You Do With and Idea and What Do You Do With a Problem are an easy-to-use, brilliant resource for your classroom!

I would use this to introduce a new story from our reading book, a free reading title I read aloud, or for reading groups. This worksheet provides a great summary aspect but chunks work as well. Students are able to find what they need when it come up.

Using Board Games to Engage Students with Task Cards! To take their turn, students must correctly answer a question on a task card.

Writing activity: snowball writing

Writing 1: The snowball writing method is a fun way to teach your students how to write collaboratively. Students write part of a story, crumple their paper, and throw it on the ground. Their stories are continued by another student in the class! Website: Teachers Pay Teachers