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How to Teach Poetry (Even if You Hate it

"Discussion Tables" is a fun activity to analyze text. Pick a passage from the class' book and glue it to a large sheet of paper. In groups, students write their thoughts around the corners of the passage. Set the timer and then rotate!


New Guided Reading Groups

The buckets / guided reading groups this week.  I have 5 different groups with 4 students in each group.  Each group will be reading a different Jerry Spinelli novel:  Wringer, Report to the Principal's Office, Maniac Magee, Loser, and Fourth Grade Rats.