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Adding Machine Scrolls
Ms. Keohane’s students compete to see who can identify the most instances of words from a weekly list: nouns, adjectives, multi-syllabic words -- the list varies. Most interesting is the adding machine tape.
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Amazing Adjectives
To reinforce adjective use, I place the following line on the board: 'I'm a rip-roaring, hand clapping, faithful, ______, ______, _______, United fan!' The instructions are to place as many words that...
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Author Info & Trivia Search
Ms. Atlee begins new language arts units with a research assignment that piques students’ interest and prepare them for their reading. Individual students learn basic research methods, and the whole class ends up with an Author Trivia File.
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Backwards Spelling
Ms. Sennett plays a fun spelling game with her students. There’s backwardness, and there’s spelling, but students learn to spell the right way!
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Battle of the Books
This year-long, school-wide contest gets the entire community involved in a fun reading event. Students compete, teachers and principal coach, and parents cheer them all. It includes Olympic fanfare and a torch runner (seriously!).
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Beowulf Game
My students dislike Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon period when I first start teaching it but after the first battle with Grendel, they really get into the excitement of the story. At the end of the unit ...
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Book Bag Report
My students do a Bag Report after they’ve read a book. They must read a book that is at fifth-grade level or higher and is at least 150 pages. They also...
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Breaking Up Story Dialogue
A great way to help kids break up a story into its proper format when dialogue is concerned is to use different colored highlighters. Have students highlight one speaker in one color and another speak...
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Cartoon Dialogues
Writing dialogue can be the trickiest part of creative writing. Ms. Russell introduces her third-grade students to this writing skill by using cartoons with blank thought bubbles.
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Character Plotting
Ms. Postman’s primary school competes in a yearly Behavior Bowl. Read about how classes collect football points for good behavior and drive the field for touchdowns, treats and a school-wide celebration.
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