100 Things that I love Writing Prompt - cute for one of my introductory lessons in the Writer's Notebook. The kids can fill out their own 8 x 11 sheet, fold it, and keep it in the Topics section for future writing entries.
First ten minutes of the first day of school can seem awkward! I want students to have something to do while we wait for everyone to put their gear away and get settled. This simple activity has worked well for me.
Five cooperative learning activities that will help build your classroom community during the first week of school. Find out the activities that I have fallen in love with over the past 16 years of teaching. First Day of School
Guided reading strategy called "Say Something" allows teachers to see how students are thinking about their texts. Additionally, it provides students w/a tool to help them express their ideas about reading in meaningful ways.