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    An easy way to keep track of student conferences! Just tape index cards to a file folder - boys on one side, girls on the other. You can easily flip through and write anecdotal notes and the date you met with your students. It is a great reference for report cards and parent meetings.

    Classroom reward ideas

    board games for the SmartBoard.

    Bloom's taxomony reading response fans. The questions are there for the kids, and they are getting really deep into the response. I love everything this girl does. (from Runde's Room) $

    Classroom Cheers...EVERYONE enjoys a good cheer! This blog has ten great ones AND a video to show you exactly how each one is done. Talk about improving the classroom! (Also includes a freebie cheer print out!)


    Balloon Ping Pong. Simple, cheap, yet entertaining enough to occupy the kids for hours :)


    40 Research-Based Reading Intervention Strategies divided by grade levels! Great resource if you are implementing RtI.

    Author's Purpose Game. Could also be adapted to genres, or fiction vs. non-fiction. I love it, and it's so easy!

    Print off this blank "Facebook" profile and have your students fill it in with information about book characters, famous authors, historical figures, scientists, artists and more!

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    End of Year Turtle Compliments ~ each student puts a "shell" (paper plate or piece of paper) on their back. They must then walk around silently writing positive notes about their classmates. Just like turtles - there can be no talking during this time. Students will have a keepsake to treasure for a long time!

    Kids will LOVE this. Fun video and rap about the elements of a story. Explains plot, character, conflict, setting and theme.

    create in relation to report card

    First, let every student make a fingerprint onto white paper. Next, blow up their fingerprints using the photocopier (8×10 or larger). Then, Have your kids write words and phrases about themselves along the lines and whorls of their fingerprints, and sign

    Hot glue a pompom on end of dry erase markers to use as an eraser. GENIUS!

    Use a Twitter Tweet as a fun way to assess reading comprehension for any content area. Use as exit slips or quick reviews. Students love to "tweet" as characters or historical figures. They can also create a Twitter profile (shown in pic). Download includes 5 pages of handouts/directions. FREE!

    Design your own iPod touch - include 10 apps - explain each app and how it relates to the story - create a colorful iPod

    New Year's Resolutions

    awesome idea! Kids put their name in the bowl and have a chance to win a monthly prize :) Could do "caught ya reading"

    "Name Skeletons" Look closely: students folded white paper in half, wrote their names in cursive, and cut out around their names - this formed the body. They added the head, arms,and legs then mounted their "name skeletons" on black construction paper! - What a fun idea!

    Crock pot hot chocolate. Polar express day!!!! I can't wait for cold weather to try this out!