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Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

This lesson is sure to sizzle, not fizzle, as students use comic strips to find onomatopoetic words, develop a vocabulary list from the words, and discuss why writers use onomatopoeia.

 

Student Interactives

 

Compare & Contrast Map

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.

 

 

Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing

Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

Poetry from Prose

Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

Eye on Idioms

Eye on Idioms

The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension (2nd Edition)

Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension (2nd Edition)

With many practical lessons, this book shows how to use reciprocal teaching in a variety of classroom settings to enhance students' reading comprehension.

 

Family Message Journals: Teaching Writing through Family Involvement

Family Message Journals: Teaching Writing through Family Involvement

This book follows the development of emergent and beginning writers as they explore the power and joy of written communication.

 

 

Community Stories  

Tiffany Clark

ReadWriteThink: A Framework for Success

Tiffany Clark | 3rd/4th Grade Teacher | Urbana, IL

Many teachers feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to craft profound lessons, answer all the questions, squeeze in all the state standards, and differentiate the curriculum for every student’s needs