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Close Reading Clips
As they read, students use these clips to indicate comprehension and mark literary elements, such as setting. “Having the concepts on both sides of the tag allows the student to find it on either side of the page,” says Ellen Palmer, a K–6 literacy coach in Toledo, Ohio. “Tags can be taken off the ring and used only when taught.”
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“Pencil stickers are a great way to create pencils that are unique to each student,” says Amy Bennett-Rosado, a second-grade teacher in Pomona, California. “They teach students about responsibility by creating ownership. This could reduce pencil loss in the classroom.”
Pick story elements, like characters and props, and use them to craft an imaginative tale. “It’s great for building the idea of story, oral language skills, and vocabulary,” says Lyssa Sahadevan, a first-grade teacher in Marietta, Georgia, who recommends the tool for both ELLs and small groups.
"This game challenges my students in many different ways,” says Katie Daily, a grades 3–5 teacher in Oxford, Wisconsin. “They have to name the part of speech or give an example of one. They also have to use the part of speech in a sentence—a skill students need to practice.”
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“Two thumbs up! The letter tiles are durable, and even include vowel pairs—perfect for teaching various spelling patterns,” says Ashley Sharp, a kindergarten teacher in Freeland, Michigan. “It is a very versatile word-work tool!”
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