Class Storybook Illustration

After most class stories that we tell (well, at least any story that isn’t totally lame), I like to have the class make a storybook to add into the class library. They are great to have when students stop in with friends or come in for conferences with their parents. I made a 14 page…

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First, Second

This can be done in pairs or individually. If it’s done in pairs, have one student write down the answers for his or her partner, then switch roles. If it’s done individually, students can write down their own answers. After you’ve “finished” a story (asked a complete script), have students take out a piece of…

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Ninesquare

With the end of the year fast approaching (less than 2 1/2 weeks left for me!), I’m spending my afternoons trying to think of new ways to review old stories. Today, we’re working with one of the favorite stories from each class and doing an activity that I’m calling “Ninesquare”. First, choose a story script…

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Simultaneous Presentations

This is a great way to do presentations that my awesome mentor, Nina Bonito-Romine shared with me last year. It spares you and your students the pain of sitting quietly and straining to hear 34 separate individual presentations. Each student should have a presentation prop (a poster or worksheet that they can refer to while…

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Updated Dictation Forms

I updated my dictation forms today so that the rubrics include the terminology I am now using instead of grades (Advanced, Proficient, Developing, Emerging, Beginning). I will no longer use the traditional dictation as a summative assessment EVER in my class, because it does not demonstrate listening comprehension. I’ll continue to use it as a…

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