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Create a 'parking lot' for ideas using an smooth surface and this clip art. Students can write down questions on post-it notes and park them in the lot. When their question is answered using the reading, they can take down the note or write the answer on it for others to read. Great for use with non-fiction.
Inspired by Beth Newingham, this board helps you visually track where students are in their reading. Use this set of clipart to print out your own books, and then create picture magnets of your students for them to move from book to book.
Peer Recommendation Board
Also inspired by Beth, this board allows students to recommend books to each other using library card pockets. Use this template and some fancy scrapbooking paper, or purchase ready made pockets. Laminate, staple and then photocopy several sheets of recommendation tickets. The picture on the left is borrowed from Beth, the picture on the right is a piece of my board.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
This is a fun way to bond as a class with a monthly picture book. Use this powerpoint to create your own covers and see which books I've used in the past. Check out Beth's page for the thumbs clip-art.
Beanie Baby Decoding Strategies
If you can find these beanie babies, this is a super cute way to teach and decoding strategies. Model the strategies, and in your reading workshops, refer to the babies by name when you use that skill. Have extra babies available for students to borrow as they read and practice the skill (ex: Molly can hold Skippy Frog while practicing the skip strategy).
Lips the Fish