Don't get me wrong, I'm excited. But I love to sleep in until 5:50! In one week, I'll have to wake up at 5:35!
How is this possible? How is it that I am only able to sleep in 15 extra minutes? The longer I'm awake, the more I eat.
I am so in love with the Close Reading Toolboxes created by Rebecca at Create Teach Share. If you haven't seen them, you MUST! You will love this idea! You can find the freebie in her store.
I loved the idea so much, that I was inspired to make one of my own, which you can get here, and it's FREE! Ideas like these are perfect for guided reading. Just pull out the boxes and BAM! Ready to go!
The crayons are used for underlining parts of the text. If you are using a book, I'd suggest colored tabs. Students use red to underline the characters and setting. Orange is for problem and solution. Yellow is for the beginning and so on. . .
The bookmark is for students to use if they forget the story structure vocabulary.
The wand is to make pointing fun.
And the bracelet is for orally retelling the story.
So, after you have read and underlined, each student in the group is responsible for retelling a part of the story. Once again it is color coded, so if a child has a red bracelet, he or she tells about the characters and the setting. If a child is wearing the blue bracelet, he or she tells about the end of the story.
online and at the Dollar Store. You could also use popsicle sticks, a witch finger, or a regular child's finger :) I just wanted to make mine extra fun! The bracelets are also from Target. You can find those in the party favor aisle or online.
My writing teacher style it to give kids the tools they need to write. I don't give many writing prompts. I'm like, "Just write!" Now, that might not work if I didn't give kids the tools they need, but I do, and they love it!
My new Room to Write writing curriculum gives kids those tools and allows them to just write. It comes with lesson plans, PowerPoints, and printables to reinforce the skills taught. I am so very proud of it, and I can't wait to use it this year!
I've begun a series of posts about writing that you must read if you want some ideas that you can use in your classroom. You can start here. Each post will include a printables that you can use with the topic being addressed.
Etsy store. I bought the rainbow because it makes me happy. And the pineapple because of that one precious word teachers must whisper to themselves at least once a day. Patience.
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