Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Have students crumple the heart each time unkind words are spoken during the read aloud. Afterward, smooth by carrie
carrie
carrie Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Have students crumple the heart each time unkind words are spoken during the read aloud. Afterward, smooth
Leather stuff
Vocabulators. These would be fun to do as a project with the students during synonym time. Each team could have a different theme. by Satu
Satu
Satu Vocabulators. These would be fun to do as a project with the students during synonym time. Each team could have a different theme.
eskariin
Teach the girls so they can finger knit doll scarves during read-aloud time by johanna
johanna
johanna Teach the girls so they can finger knit doll scarves during read-aloud time
Knit
This is a cute sight words game for Easter time! This game includes 33 sight words and blank cards to add your own. Students read the sight by beth
beth
beth This is a cute sight words game for Easter time! This game includes 33 sight words and blank cards to add your own. Students read the sight
Wedding ideas
Students each decorated a heart with words that made them think of their loved one who had passed. by mildred
mildred
mildred Students each decorated a heart with words that made them think of their loved one who had passed.
Healthy Living
Punctuation Scavenger Hunt - look in books and tally the number of times each punct mark was used. Bump it up and have kids copy down the sentence and bring to group and share. Read aloud for oral fluency and discuss how punctuation affects how the sentence is read out loud. by sheila.moose
sheila.moose
sheila.moose Punctuation Scavenger Hunt - look in books and tally the number of times each punct mark was used. Bump it up and have kids copy down the sentence and bring to group and share. Read aloud for oral fluency and discuss how punctuation affects how the sentence is read out loud.
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Teacher reads the book "How Rocket learned to read" at the beginning of the year.  Once students became amazing readers they each got to pick out a puppy, name it, and then teach it sight words; too cute! by mindy
mindy
mindy Teacher reads the book "How Rocket learned to read" at the beginning of the year. Once students became amazing readers they each got to pick out a puppy, name it, and then teach it sight words; too cute!
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have students pick out a picture special to them...then have them write about being "frozen in that moment." what is going on during that time tht picture was taken? Great writing idea!! by darla
darla
darla have students pick out a picture special to them...then have them write about being "frozen in that moment." what is going on during that time tht picture was taken? Great writing idea!!
Fetching
Tabletop Twitter! I LOVE this idea! Pick a passage from a book you are reading {read aloud, book club book, etc.} and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper and have the students "tweet" their thoughts about the passage. Then you can hang it up in the classroom. by valarie
valarie
valarie Tabletop Twitter! I LOVE this idea! Pick a passage from a book you are reading {read aloud, book club book, etc.} and glue it to the center of bulletin board paper and have the students "tweet" their thoughts about the passage. Then you can hang it up in the classroom.
Christmas Ideas
Make sure students are engaged during Silent Reading by using highlighting tape and this bookmark. Especially the lower readers who are challenged by trying to record their thinking with pencil and paper.

"While you read today, use the tape to track your thinking/learning."

Green: use to mark main   
           idea/important facts

Orange:use to mark new vocabulary
         Words you learned

Pink: I have a question here,
        Vocabulary term I do not know,
        Difficult text by anita
anita
anita Make sure students are engaged during Silent Reading by using highlighting tape and this bookmark. Especially the lower readers who are challenged by trying to record their thinking with pencil and paper. "While you read today, use the tape to track your thinking/learning." Green: use to mark main idea/important facts Orange:use to mark new vocabulary Words you learned Pink: I have a question here, Vocabulary term I do not know, Difficult text
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Before starting a read-aloud, write the names of all the char.s, cut them up and have students draw a name.  While reading, they are responsible for recording (on cut up sticky notes) anything new learned about their char. (infered or told, physical or).  Discuss together and add them to the chart. by shauna
shauna
shauna Before starting a read-aloud, write the names of all the char.s, cut them up and have students draw a name. While reading, they are responsible for recording (on cut up sticky notes) anything new learned about their char. (infered or told, physical or). Discuss together and add them to the chart.
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Use this idea for a silent read countdown. Turn all lights on. Every 5 minutes turn one off so the students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read silently. by teri-71
teri-71
teri-71 Use this idea for a silent read countdown. Turn all lights on. Every 5 minutes turn one off so the students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read silently.
Books Worth Reading
Each student comes up and picks a stick out of my hand; they have to place the word in the right cup. Then, after all sticks have been sorted, students can choose one stick from each cup and create a sentence using all three words. A great informal assessment! by mandy
mandy
mandy Each student comes up and picks a stick out of my hand; they have to place the word in the right cup. Then, after all sticks have been sorted, students can choose one stick from each cup and create a sentence using all three words. A great informal assessment!
Wedding ideas
These flips books would be great for teaching onset and rime. Students could actually make these in class. For a phonics lesson in 1st or 2nd grade the teacher could hand out the folded pieces of paper and have the students write words with the same rime in each one. These could eventually be a great "study guide." by madeleine
madeleine
madeleine These flips books would be great for teaching onset and rime. Students could actually make these in class. For a phonics lesson in 1st or 2nd grade the teacher could hand out the folded pieces of paper and have the students write words with the same rime in each one. These could eventually be a great "study guide."
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Ahead of time, write several vocabulary words on sticker labels.  Put a word on each child's back so that they can't see what their word is.They have to ask their classmates questions to figure out what word is on their back. by ^ kristen ^
^ kristen ^
^ kristen ^ Ahead of time, write several vocabulary words on sticker labels. Put a word on each child's back so that they can't see what their word is.They have to ask their classmates questions to figure out what word is on their back.
Valentines
The new core talks extensively about conducting close reads. A common best practice is to have students “read with a pencil”. This allows them to find evidence, quotes, etc. directly from the text to mark and review later. I have created this toolbox page with common symbols for my class to use. They make these marks as they go along the passage (during the 1st read) so we can come back and discuss them later (usually during the 2nd and 3rd reads). #closereading #freebies #reading by geneva
geneva
geneva The new core talks extensively about conducting close reads. A common best practice is to have students “read with a pencil”. This allows them to find evidence, quotes, etc. directly from the text to mark and review later. I have created this toolbox page with common symbols for my class to use. They make these marks as they go along the passage (during the 1st read) so we can come back and discuss them later (usually during the 2nd and 3rd reads). #closereading #freebies #reading
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These 18 fun sheets will help your students practice reading and writing CVC words. First, they read the word. Then, they write the word. Next, they read a sentence, which is made up of high frequency words, and locate the CVC word and highlight it. Finally, they choose one of the CVC words and write it in a sentence. These print and go sheets will really help maximize your teaching time! They combine CVC words, sight words, and grammar, for optimum learning! by linda
linda
linda These 18 fun sheets will help your students practice reading and writing CVC words. First, they read the word. Then, they write the word. Next, they read a sentence, which is made up of high frequency words, and locate the CVC word and highlight it. Finally, they choose one of the CVC words and write it in a sentence. These print and go sheets will really help maximize your teaching time! They combine CVC words, sight words, and grammar, for optimum learning!
Tattoos
This free set of mini-cards includes  26 fun activities to build reading, writing & communication skills.  *Have students select a different card to do each day for homework.  *Cut, hole punch and attach with a binder ring to send home for literacy practice over the summer or during other school breaks. by sonja
sonja
sonja This free set of mini-cards includes 26 fun activities to build reading, writing & communication skills. *Have students select a different card to do each day for homework. *Cut, hole punch and attach with a binder ring to send home for literacy practice over the summer or during other school breaks.
photoshoot ideas
FIX IT UP SENTENCES (APRIL) - NOW AVAILABLE! This pack makes great morning work, literacy centers, homework, or a mini lesson. Students are required to correct each sentence by capitalizing words at the beginning of the sentence and a few other words such as Easter and add the correct ending punctuation. Your students will have FUN "fixing" each sentence. Take a look! $ by olive
olive
olive FIX IT UP SENTENCES (APRIL) - NOW AVAILABLE! This pack makes great morning work, literacy centers, homework, or a mini lesson. Students are required to correct each sentence by capitalizing words at the beginning of the sentence and a few other words such as Easter and add the correct ending punctuation. Your students will have FUN "fixing" each sentence. Take a look! $
writing
Have student wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity by miacats
miacats
miacats Have student wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity
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Have student wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity! by carlani
carlani
carlani Have student wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity!
For the Classroom
I didn't feel like the kids were actually reading, or getting anything out of parent signature reading logs. Students to have to respond to what they read in a meaningful way. This 5 part response log, with different responses each day allows students to choose which response they want to do, and complete one part a night. They then get the log back the next day to repeat the process. By the end of the week, they have done 4 responses. In Teachers Pay Teachers by carlani
carlani
carlani I didn't feel like the kids were actually reading, or getting anything out of parent signature reading logs. Students to have to respond to what they read in a meaningful way. This 5 part response log, with different responses each day allows students to choose which response they want to do, and complete one part a night. They then get the log back the next day to repeat the process. By the end of the week, they have done 4 responses. In Teachers Pay Teachers
For the Classroom
End of Year Turtle Compliments - Have students each tape a "shell" on their back. Then they walk around and write down a compliment to each of their classmates. This is a silent activity because turtles don't talk. Finally, they can take them off and read them. by fay
fay
fay End of Year Turtle Compliments - Have students each tape a "shell" on their back. Then they walk around and write down a compliment to each of their classmates. This is a silent activity because turtles don't talk. Finally, they can take them off and read them.
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After working with third and fourth grade students for over 26 years, I met my share of reluctant readers.  This is a short list of books that I have found to be very motivating to those who don't like to read.   Each book cover graphic is linked to amazon.com for further information. by vilma
vilma
vilma After working with third and fourth grade students for over 26 years, I met my share of reluctant readers. This is a short list of books that I have found to be very motivating to those who don't like to read. Each book cover graphic is linked to amazon.com for further information.
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Intentionally Make Mistakes as a Learning Tool (Blog Post): I think the best mathematicians are the people who are the very best at analyzing their mistakes. Students who struggle have a harder time, so we play a short game each morning called "What's my mistake?" by firenze345
firenze345
firenze345 Intentionally Make Mistakes as a Learning Tool (Blog Post): I think the best mathematicians are the people who are the very best at analyzing their mistakes. Students who struggle have a harder time, so we play a short game each morning called "What's my mistake?"
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Bartonville Insane Asylum. Ghost of a employee (Bookbinder) lives on the grounds. On the grounds are cemeteries used to bury patient who passed during their stay. Bookbinder was a burial corp member and whether he knew them or not, mourned each patient after burying them. He would stand under an elm tree near the cemeteries and weep. Attempts have been made to remove that elm each time Bookbinder could be heard weeping whenever an axe was struck into the tree. The tree still remains. by adele
adele
adele Bartonville Insane Asylum. Ghost of a employee (Bookbinder) lives on the grounds. On the grounds are cemeteries used to bury patient who passed during their stay. Bookbinder was a burial corp member and whether he knew them or not, mourned each patient after burying them. He would stand under an elm tree near the cemeteries and weep. Attempts have been made to remove that elm each time Bookbinder could be heard weeping whenever an axe was struck into the tree. The tree still remains.
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Give each student colored index cards/post-its for their work space. During independent work time or group work, the students use the cards. A teacher I used to work with put red cards on popsicle sticks at the student work centers & prompted them to hold it up when they needed help, rather than calling out. Her classroom was always so quiet! by briana
briana
briana Give each student colored index cards/post-its for their work space. During independent work time or group work, the students use the cards. A teacher I used to work with put red cards on popsicle sticks at the student work centers & prompted them to hold it up when they needed help, rather than calling out. Her classroom was always so quiet!
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“Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray (c. 1712–1794) was an influential, pioneering midwife. In 1759 the king commissioned her to teach midwifery to rural women to reduce infant mortality. Between 1760 to 1783, she traveled rural France, sharing her knowledge with women. During this time, she is estimated to have directly trained 4,000 students. by alicia
alicia
alicia “Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray (c. 1712–1794) was an influential, pioneering midwife. In 1759 the king commissioned her to teach midwifery to rural women to reduce infant mortality. Between 1760 to 1783, she traveled rural France, sharing her knowledge with women. During this time, she is estimated to have directly trained 4,000 students.
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Getting Ready For Kindergarten Bundle from Can You Read It on TeachersNotebook.com (91 pages)  - This 91 paged file contains 5 different roll and read games to help students master basic readiness skills.  Each of the 5 different game sets contains  enough game boards for 6 players to play at one time.  Game boards are color coded to make organizatio by erna
erna
erna Getting Ready For Kindergarten Bundle from Can You Read It on TeachersNotebook.com (91 pages) - This 91 paged file contains 5 different roll and read games to help students master basic readiness skills. Each of the 5 different game sets contains enough game boards for 6 players to play at one time. Game boards are color coded to make organizatio
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Game for sight words. Canister is filled with cups and each cup has a sight word on it. When a sight word is read correctly, they can start building a tower. If they get a word wrong or knock over the tower or the tower falls, they have to start over. or for multiplication facts?? by therese
therese
therese Game for sight words. Canister is filled with cups and each cup has a sight word on it. When a sight word is read correctly, they can start building a tower. If they get a word wrong or knock over the tower or the tower falls, they have to start over. or for multiplication facts??
Sewing and Quilting
Game for sight words. Canister is filled with small Dixie cups and each cup has a sight word on it. When a sight word is read correctly, they can start building a tower. If they get a word wrong or knock over the tower or the tower falls, they have to start over. by therese
therese
therese Game for sight words. Canister is filled with small Dixie cups and each cup has a sight word on it. When a sight word is read correctly, they can start building a tower. If they get a word wrong or knock over the tower or the tower falls, they have to start over.
Sewing and Quilting