Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Character's Journey

In most stories your character takes some sort of journey.  It might be a literal journey or trip.  It might be a journey into new experiences, circumstances or feelings.  Help students take the journey with the characters they read about.  And as writers, invite students to take their readers on a journey!  The following idea was snagged from the Summer Writer's Institute at Teacher's College in New York.  I've used the example of Little Red Riding Hood, but you could apply this exercise to another story or demonstrate how a student might use this to assist with their own narrative writing.  Can you think of ways to use this?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nonfiction Visuals

Chart Idea Inspired by The Comprehension Toolkit

Text Features

Nonfiction Readers

Student Nonfiction Features Journal

Journal Construction.
Hands-On and FUN!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Five Finger Rule

It is very important for students to learn how to choose their own books. As I've mentioned in a previous post, the best way for kids to raise their reading level is to read MORE on a level that is fairly EASY for them.  This would be their INDEPENDENT level.  The Five Finger Rule or Five Finger Test, is one of the easiest ways for kids to determine if a book they've selected, will be a match. If you haven't heard of the Five Finger Rule, I'll let the sample graphics that I've collected from the Internet explain it for you!
Find a Favorite.

Thanks to the following websites for the good ideas!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Writing Do's and Don'ts Flipbook

In Texas we took the 4th grade Writing STAAR test this week.
Teachers found a clever way to review with their students in the weeks leading up to the test.

Hints were cut and pasted inside. 

And the Don'ts...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Beginning Middle End

The ability to find the BEGINNING, MIDDLE and END of a story can help your students in more than one way. They can use it when SEQUENCING a story.  They can use it when writing a SUMMARY.  They can use it when RETELLING a story.  They can use it as a model when WRITING a story.  I'm sure there are more ways to use beginning, middle and end.  What do you think? 
Take a look at this fun visual for teaching it!

Can you tell these photos are authentic?  Complete with glue-smudged student desk!