Poetry shouldn't be limited to National Poetry Month in April. Our guest blogger shares lots of ideas for how to teach poems all year, so click through to read all of her suggestions! She's got some ideas that students are sure to love!
Conclusion writing. We use information text from our class and school library to pick out models of the sentences we are learning to write. Then we practice that skill in isolation. (What I mean by that is, these conclusion sentences are not part of a writing project. They are just to practice the craft of writing conclusions.) Students work in pairs and write a conclusion sentence that restates the topic sentence. I gave them a topic sentence to restate.
Who knew an online dictionary could be so much fun??? My students love using Word Central when we do dictionary and thesaurus work. Word Central is an easy to use website by Merriam-Webster. In addition to a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary, there are many other fun things for students to do. There is a Build Your Own Dictionary to add made up words. My favorite is bookster – a person who really likes to read books. There are also some fun spelling games the kids go nuts…
It's almost Christmas, and for Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.
Keep your students motivated to hit their weekly and monthly reading goals by offering a little motivation or reward. Here are some of our favorite ideas. 1. Hand out bookmarks. Bookmarks reinforce a love for reading and you can find lots […]