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November 26, 2014

Author's Purpose

I have this thing with Author's Purpose.  My class will talk about it all year, but we don't do any crafts with it until it's close to Thanksgiving.  Then we make up paper plate pies.  The top is the top crust of the pie, the bottom plate is the different pieces with one of these little notes from Dandelions and Dragonflies.  


This year I also found these free task cards from Rachael Parlett that hit the spot.  Great review! 

A Slice of PIE - Thanksgiving Center for Practicing Author

Then of course the kids had to add something in their ELA notebooks as well, so I used this freebie from Blair Turner

Blair's picture

All in all - they got it!  What do you do to review Author's Purpose?  

November 25, 2014

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I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2014

Comprehension Cootie Catchers

This week I wanted to share what I'm thankful for in the classroom.  One thing I tried this year are these cootie catchers from Runde's Room.  She has them for both Math and Reading/ELA.  My kiddos are at the age that they love cootie catcher anything, so it's a win win. 


My kids use them on a weekly basis on Thursdays to help review whatever skill we are working on.  The reading comprehension ones I copied on colored paper, and passed them out the 2nd week that I introduced the concept (the first week we are writing about them in notebooks and making anchor charts).  The colored paper helps me to keep them organized by strategy, and I can easily tell from a distance that kids are using them (instead of pulling out their own ones from their backpacks).     


I reuse them too.  They go into a labeled plastic shoebox, all 16 of them (1 per partner group) fit inside.  I'm sure that I will need to eventually make more copies of them, but in the meantime they are working out great - and since we don't use every single one every single week they are lasting.

Great motivation!  I highly recommend them!

Cootie Catcher Comprehension

Have a wonderful day!