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Education- Lang. Arts

Using yoga for encouraging storytelling through movement. "This is unbelievably powerful for the brain. The more ways we can experience something, and the more senses we call upon, the more connections are built in the brain."

Great First Lines in Literature -- I love doing bulletin boards to promote books. This was an "interactive" bulletin board. The first line of the book was on the front cover - you lift the flap to see the book title and author. My favorite first line: "Countess Judith kept her husband's head in a box." From "The GleeMaiden" by Hamilton. Wrap books on display with brown paper and the printed line.

This post has anchor charts for folklore, legends, myths, and fables.

Task Card Organization and Management: This work better than my current bins:) I think I can use a poster board to do this.

This is a great way to do interactive notebooks for English classes.

This is an informational text chart showing the five different text structures by The Teacher Next Door, It's from the complete 60 page Informational Text Structures Unit for 4th and 5th graders.

10 awesome apps for K-6 literacy - Selected and described by Angela Watson. (Free blog post, most of the suggested apps are also free.)

Let's Explore Non Fiction Books with author Gail Gibbons {Virtual Book Club for Kids} Tons of activities that have been created just for her books! {Hands down she's one of my favorite authors for teaching kids abouts real life concepts!}

The Center Based Classroom: Add some wonder to your listening center!

5 weeks of reading homework prompts. Can be reused every 5 weeks! 2nd-4th grade

Digital Storytelling Projects Help Improve Reading and Writing

Tips on how to help your child become a more fluent writer, things you can do at home.

I like this! Great idea to be the anchor chart for all writing types this year. Same chart format, different type.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Using Pictures to Teach Key Reading Skills

Reciprocal Teaching Anchor Charts...aka "The Fab Four" I did RT in college, but haven't used it in real life... might have to look at it again!

This would make a great first week of school activity!

Children's Book and Snack Idea: Diary of a Worm with Dirt Pudding

Stamina! A visual for independent reading at the beginning of the year! Color in the longer we can read!

How to Make Spelling Fun and 25 Spelling Activities for Kids - awesome list with lots of variety

character traits activity, outward and inward descriptors