This resource features motivating shape stationery to inspire creative story ideas. Along with the 30 writing shapes, young writers will be motivated by the dozens of story prompts, sentence frames, and story starter ideas. The story shapes are provided with and without writing lines so you can choose what is best for your students. Perfect for writing centers as well as parent notes, worksheets, and art projects.
This cutting-edge resource provides background information, student writing samples, and simple guidelines for implementing this powerful strategy in the classroom. In addition, Interactive Writing includes over 30 creative and unique cross-curriculum activity ideas, extensions, and tips for integrating this writing component into a balanced literacy program. Great for teachers at all levels of experience.
How can you work with twice as many students each day? And give struggling writers more attention? Without diminishing the quality of your teaching? By making the most of Small-Group Writing Conferences. You'll boost your instructional effectiveness by coaching more students each day; focusing on explicitly teaching writing strategies, scaffolding learning across everything students write; gathering more assessment information than ever for differentiation; making your teaching stick as students practice and discuss strategies together, then link them to prior learning.
Now that you have devoted a large section of your classroom wall space to a word wall, how do you ensure that your students are improving their reading, writing, vocabulary, and spelling skills because of it? The dozens of activities in this resource provide fun ways for students to interact with words and build strong literacy skills. Activities are organized by whole-class, small-group, and independent study to offer more planning flexibility.
Designed for the busy teacher, this helpful resource is packed with instant ideas, and dozens of engaging and ready-to-use morning messages that connect with reading, writing, math, science, holidays, and more. PLUS - management tips and reproducibles to extend learning. Children look forward to a new message each morning and benefit from the daily routine. Makes morning messages a meaningful and skill-building part of the day!
Piece together a wonderful year with 25 NO-SEW, cross-curricular quilt projects! Easy patterns let kids create their own squares in various art forms - then arrange them for display as a beautiful collaborative quilt such as a Getting to Know You quilt for September, an I Have a Dream quilt for January, a 100th Day of School quilt for February, and Autograph quilt for June, and more. Includes book links, ready-to-go reproducible patterns, and management tips. Combines individual and cooperative learning!
With Into Writing, teacher and nationally known staff developer Megan Sloan sets out to answer the most commonly asked questions about teaching writing well in the primary grades. From September to June, Sloan's answers break down writing instruction piece by piece so you can make the most of it. She examines the ins and outs of writing workshop and addresses four key principles of practice: differentiating, designing instruction that sticks, sharing experiences with students to model how real writers work, emphasizing writing to support reading.
Comprehension and Collaboration models inquiry circles: well-structured, engaging, cross-curricular, small-group projects. Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Smokey Daniels: a) explain 10 conditions for active learning; b) profile 19 inquiry circles in K-12 classrooms; c) share 27 lessons on collaboration, comprehension, and inquiry; and d) give how-to's for 4 types of inquiry circles. Steph and Smokey show how to join students to explore rich curricular content - to wonder, question, build knowledge, and take action.
Do-able Differentiation makes differentiation practical for your classroom and your students. Mike Opitz and Michael Ford avoid jargon and share proven practices for supporting the biggest classes and the busiest curriculums. With four foundational differentiation models, you'll learn to: a) pinpoint differences and match them to differentiation strategies; b) plan effectively for differentiation; c) manage small groups; d) group students around multiple texts; and e) assist individuals with self-selected texts.