Novel ABC’s

Novel ABCSkills: key ideas and details

These alphabet books are perfect for literature circles! To begin, have each small group cut 13 sheets of paper in half and label each page with a different letter pair. The students identify a detail from a current novel and decide whether it’s important or minor. If the detail is important, the students describe it on the page with the matching letter pair. Next, they illustrate the detail and tell why it’s important. If the detail is minor, the students simply write a sentence about it on the page. Each group can leave up to five pages blank for letters without matching details. When students finish, they create a construction paper cover, order the pages, and staple them inside.

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Author’s Style, Mood and Theme

talk to meRemind students to pay attention to authors’ clues. Copy thebookmark for each student. Before reading, have the child list the title and author of a current reading selection. Then, as she reads, guide her to list the words, phrases, and sentences that point to the work’s mood, style, and theme. When she finishes reading, have the child write about her conclusions, citing her carefully collected text evidence.

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Math: Ordering Numbers

math numberingHave each student label an index card with a whole number, mixed decimal, or fraction. Choose six students to stand in line with their cards so the numbers are ordered from least to greatest. Next, ask one student at a time to join the line, positioning herself correctly, until all students are lined up. Then challenge students to rearrange themselves so their numbers are ordered from greatest to least. Finally, have small groups of students order their cards from least to greatest. To check, have the groups line up one at a time. Then have the class signal thumbs-up or thumbs-down to show whether the lineup is correct.



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Writing 5 Paragraph Narratives

5 hand essayWriting: W.4.3; W.5.3

To help students organize a five-paragraph narrative, have each student trace and cut out six hand shapes. Next, have the child staple the shapes together to make a booklet, labeling the top cutout with the assignment’s topic or title and the story’s parts as shown. Have the student label the thumb or fingers of each remaining hand with one part. Then guide the child to jot ideas for each paragraph on the matching cutout. Finally, have the student use the organized ideas to write a five-paragraph narrative.

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Great way to organize and pack your room quickly!

160934_0_LGOrganize teaching materials for the coming year with this simple tip. Place resources in an empty copy-paper box on its side so that the spines face out and slide the lid under the box as shown. Set the box on a shelf near your desk for easy access. Then, when It’s time to pack up your room, simply slide the lid out from under the box and put it on top. Materials are ready for storage. And, when It’s time to set your room up in the fall, simply take off the lid and slide it under the box, and your materials are ready to use!

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Order of Operations Game


order of operationsORDER OF OPERATIONS

Transform a pizza box into this small-group game! Draw a 7 x 7 grid on a piece of paper sized to fit the bottom of a pizza box. Color the grid; then program its 49 squares as follows: five each of the numbers 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and six each of the numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5. Laminate the grid for durability; then glue it to the bottom of the pizza box. Next, label 60 plastic discs or paper circles from 1 to 60 and put them in a small plastic bag. To play, one player draws a number from the bag and places it faceup. All players search the game tray for three adjacent numbers that equal the number drawn when they multiply the first two numbers together and then add the third to or subtract it from the product. The first player to record on paper and then point out a correct combination on the tray keeps the disc. The player with the most discs after an allotted time wins.

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Periodic Table Game

pennyPrint-and-Use Periodic Chart


“What does chemistry have to do with my life anyway?” Have students answer that question for themselves by completing this unique project. After teaching about elements and the periodic table, give each child a copy of the chart to use as a reference. Have him create a poster that features a title and a grid or chart that includes 20 elements arranged by atomic number with each element’s name and symbol. Have him also include a picture or an object for each element that represents how it is a part of his life. For example, copper can be represented by a penny and sodium by a fast-food packet of salt. Then provide time for students to share their posters with the class or in a small group.

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