Explore One Half, The Other Side, and more!

This was my activator for cause and effect - match - these are also good and these are great for older kids.)  One half of the class got cause cards; the other half got effect cards.  They had 3 minutes to find the person on the other side of the room that completed their cause/effect statement logically.  Statements were then read to the class and evaluated for accuracy.

Ideas for Free Centers

cause and effect match 3 minutes to find the person on the other side of the room that completed their cause/effect statement logically. Statements were then read to the class and evaluated for accuracy. Afterward, the cards were

Interactive Reading Notebooks

Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks ~ Teaching Literary Elements with Common Core Alignment for Grades Links to other grade level Reading Notebook packets.

I love how it really reinforces the idea that the details SUPPORT the main idea (like the legs support the table). This idea comes from the fabulous Lesson Plan Diva .

Too often students struggle to understand the connection between main ideas and the other sentences in a paragraph. Manipulative/visual - Main idea table top with supporting ideas.

Grades 4-8. Interactive Reading Notebooks: Informational Text  ~ Teaching Nonfiction Strategies for Common Core. Some topics: main idea, outlining nonfiction, summarizing, author's purpose, text structure (description, problem/solution, cause/effect, order/sequence, compare/contrast, persuasion techniques, primary and secondary sources, nonfiction text features. Includes Common Core Alignment and 14 original nonfiction passages for teaching each strategy. $9

Reading Interactive Notebook: Nonfiction Text Activities

Grades Interactive Reading Notebooks: Informational Text ~ Teaching Nonfiction Strategies for Common Core.

Bulletin for teaching theme (image only) - great way to see the theme and the theme statement below

Great way to teach theme or main idea! Think that it is cool how they were able to make it interesting for teenagers.

Use post-its to have children contribute to a class-wide effort of creating a graphic organizer. That way they can participate in a physical way, without having to get up to use the whiteboard.

A Bad Case of Stripes- Character traits with Text Evidence using a Bubble Map. Love the different colored sticky notes!

Teaching With a Mountain View: Character Project for ANY Novel!

Character Project for ANY Novel!

Next month's book report-Character Project for ANY Novel! Covers character traits, conflict, and change. Free assignment sheet and rubric included.

graffiti tables- nonfiction  Each student responsible for part of information

Graffiti tables for guided reading! Great for determining importance, summarizing, main idea/details, etc. This would be great for each book the group reads as an advertisement.

Teaching To Inspire In 5th: How to Embed Close Reading in a Reading Lesson

A great example of using close reading. Teaching To Inspire In How to Embed Close Reading in a Reading Lesson Read to self

Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart

Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart (Book Units Teacher)

lots of Language Arts Anchor Charts: root words, prefixes, suffixes, nonfiction features, text structures and MORE. So important to teach fluency and decoding text structures.

ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR 3-5 GRADE CLASSROOM LIBRARIES~ WeAreTeachers recently polled over 200 teachers about the best books in their classroom libraries, from their favorite read-alouds and fiction books to the top science, humor and poetry titles. Check out the lists!

ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR GRADE CLASSROOM LIBRARIES~ WeAreTeachers recently polled over 200 teachers about the best books in their classroom libraries, from their favorite read-alouds and fiction books to the top science, humor and poetry titles. Check out

Cause and effect activity... Cut pictures from magazines and have students create causes and effects from them. Great hands on activity and very visual. (dead pin)

Cause and effect activity. Cut pictures from magazines and have students create causes and effects from them. Great hands on activity and very visual.

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