Category Archive: Writing

Feb 13

The Castle in the Attic

  William has used the magical Janus medal to shrink Mrs. Phillips, his beloved nanny, down to the size of his index finger. He thinks this is the only way to keep her from leaving him and returning to her home in England. William takes her to the attic to live in a magical toy castle. Sir Simon …

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Jan 12

Sentence Problems Unit (Combining Sentences and Correcting Run-Ons)

This Sentence Writing Unit includes a PowerPoint and set of graphic organizers that teach students about sentence problems, combining sentences, and correcting run-on sentences.  Inclusion Classroom Activity As an inclusion teacher, I was responsible for creating/planning every other unit. One unit I created was a series of lessons on sentences. I used themes and sample sentences …

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Dec 29

Expanding Vocabulary

  When students use the same tired words over and over, their writing becomes dull. The Internet is full of lists you can provide students; however, students learn by creating their own “Wow Word” lists.  First, decide what you wish to call overused words: Dead Words Other Ways to Say … Worn Out Words Use …

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Dec 19

When the Shoe Fits – A Writing Project to use with Crash by Jerry Spinelli

  Red shoes are an important symbol in the book Crash by Jerry Spinelli. This made me think about what types of shoes would represent the main characters. This turned into “When the Shoe Fits – A Writing Project to use with Crash by Jerry Spinelli.” This is a free printable activity that can be used …

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Dec 12

The Indian in the Cupboard

  The Indian in the Cupboard was such a big hit with my students. Imagine fifth grade boys asking me to help them find the sequels! There are four of them. A teacher can’t ask for anything more. The story begins when nine year old Omri receives a few unusual gifts for his birthday. What is …

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Dec 08

Hot Cocoa Mix Filled Ornaments

  These hot cocoa mix filled ornaments are a great way to teach writing instructional paragraphs this holiday season. Students can write instructions for how to make the ornaments and/or how to make a cup of hot chocolate using the mix from an ornament. Be sure to look down the post for the link with free …

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Dec 01

Christmas Bulletin Board

  I love this time of year. Excitement for season is everywhere. Students begin talking about gifts, special activities, travel plans, and food the day they return from Thanksgiving break. I take advantage of this. We read Christmas themed books, and  I teach language arts using holiday activities. Students write using Christmas prompts which are displayed on …

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Nov 14

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, so Mother is stuck with directing the Christmas pageant. Everything goes wrong when the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, are the only ones to volunteer for all the main roles. Will Mother be able to pull it all together? Read The Best Christmas Pageant …

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Oct 07

Fall Mentor Text – The Witches by Roald Dahl

    Welcome to the Reading Crew Fall Mentor Text Blog Linkup As September comes to an end, and October rolls around, I like for my students to start a novel with a Halloween theme. These are not necessarily Halloween books, but ones that have themes that represent the season. For younger students, Stellaluna with …

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Aug 29

Dress Design Writing Project for The Hundred Dresses

  A number of years ago, I had my students complete a drawing/writing project with monsters. Students were asked to draw a monster and color it. They had to keep their drawings secret. No one was to see them until the “reveal.” Students then had to write detailed instructions for another person to follow to draw …

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