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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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Children with Tourette’s Syndrome
If you work with a child who’s been diagnosed with Tourette's, I have a few suggestions that may help. First, I would meet with the parents of this student to ask them your question about deflecting t...
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Cooperative Colored Circles
When working with cooperative groups, I keep the noise level under control by using colored circles. If a group is on task and using quiet voices, I give them a green circle. If I need to remind them ...
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Demonstrating Simple Machines
Simple machines are really easy to demonstrate with tools from the hardware store. I keep a plastic storage box filled with a screw driver, hammer, vise, pulleys, clothesline...
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Journaling
Once a week each of my students write to me in our dialogue journals. They can ask or tell me anything. They write in a marble copy book that is kept in their desks. I reply after school on the same d...
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Reading to Students
Any down-time in my classroom generally turns into chaos. I have solved this problem by reading to the kids each day when the lesson is completed. This also gives me the option of always having someth...
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Story Map
Many students have difficulty coming up with writing topics. A memory nudge idea I use to great success is called a 'Story Map.' I model this for my students by drawing a bird's eye view of a place th...
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Teacher as Environmental Model
"A teacher is a great environmental model as he/she recycles paper, wallpaper books, egg cartons, plastic bottles for paints, plastic containers to hold science activities, and by not throwing anything away until is it totally used up."
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