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Brag Tag Character Traits

This year, I introduced Brag Tags to my fourth graders. I love that they are motivating and encouraging my students to strive to reach behavior and academic goals. Not only have they exceeded my expectations with this upper elementary group, but I've learned so much as a teacher from using them!
Of course, I didn't expect ALL of my students to enjoy them, but so many of my students have surprised me. They have been a hit in my classroom! It wasn't until last week, when we started talking about character traits, that I've noticed how much more prepared my students were for this reading skill. They have connected our Character Brag Tags to our character trait lessons. When I was creating the character trait tags, I wanted them specifically to align to more difficult character traits. At the beginning of the year, I introduced each one. Boy did this room full of students look so confused as we talked about each one! They hadn't heard of or didn't know the meaning of the traits I had included in this set. 

Now that we have discussed and described each character trait, the students are so interested in how they can earn them. Each week, I pass out the character tags to those students that have truly earned each one. I also, give an example on how this tag fits that student.
By simply adding this to our routine and classroom management, this has created a positive environment inside our classroom for the entire year. I love seeing my students light up as they receive their tags and wear it on their necklace. The connections they have between character traits has been an added bonus. They're successful in describing characters by not only their actions, but how they behave on a regular basis. They're able to be more descriptive and notice deeper tried and true traits that a character possesses.

Grammar PowerPoints to Intrigue Your Students

Practice makes perfect when it comes to baseball.... and even grammar! Having routines in any classroom is very crucial. Foundations are built and set in motion at the beginning of each school year, so it just makes sense to have a routine when it comes to teaching grammar. 

Each week, I start this routine off with an interactive PowerPoint. For example, my Relative Pronouns & Adverbs PowerPoint. This weekly process {pictured below} starts by breaking down this skill with a definition, followed by examples, and finally the practice problems.

Each PowerPoint comes with ten clickable questions with answers. The questions are always the highlight of each Monday! By the time we get to the last question, they are ready to keep answering more. This is where the rest of the grammar centers and activities come in. 

To see my entire grammar week broken down, read my blog post here! To find all of my interactive PowerPoints like this one, click here. Last but not least, if you want to save the most on these products, check out my bundles here!

The Relative Pronoun Struggle

Are your students struggling with relative pronouns? This tough skill comes with a solution! My Relative Pronoun Task Cards are now available! 

Have your students conquering this tricky standard by practicing these pronouns in three different ways. This set of task cards provides practice in identifying & using the correct relative pronouns as well as creating sentences with relative pronouns. 

This set contains twenty-four cards to have your students mastering this skill. For more relative pronoun activities, make sure you're following my TpT store to be the first to know when they're uploaded! 

***Coming soon: Interactive PowerPoint, Relative Pronoun & Adverb Sort, Handout/Quiz***

Fact & Opinion FREEBIE

I have been going through some of my very first products and making updates! I love using this Cut and Paste Fact and Opinion Activity in my literacy centers while teaching this skill. This practice will help your students gain and hold their knowledge with fact and opinion statements. 

You can also use this to differentiate with students who need extra practice with this skill. I have pulled small groups that need a limited amount of choices to help them see the difference between facts and opinions. 

This activity includes eight statements with two paired statements on the same topic. One being a fact, and the other, an opinion. The choices being given can be weighed by the student as they decide which is 100% true or which could be someone's thoughts. Which is not agreeable with everyone?

For more literacy center activities, visit my store here!

Timeline {FREEBIE} Update!

My Timeline graphic organizer is my most downloaded freebie! I wanted to give it an extra update today... With that being said, I have given this resource a  makeover and added a Top 5 Uses {for this product} page! Timelines are a must have in any classroom, but how are they being used? Do you use them to complete the same task every time, or have you gotten creative with them? I'm going to share how I have used them in my own classroom AND a few new ideas that I thought of over summer break.

See the breakdown below for examples of each use.

#1 Sequence: The main use of a timeline, of course. Timelines are wonderful for using as a sequencing tool for many different learning levels.

#2 Tracking Characters: Track an individual character to show growth/changes throughout the story. Then, compare and contrast the character from the beginning to the end of the story.

#3 Finding Evidence: Have your students answer separate questions of your choice using these six boxes to respond. They can draw a picture in response to the question with evidence straight from the text to support their answer.

#4 Prewriting: Use this simple timeline as a prewriting tool for narratives. Your students can picture the sequence of the main events in their story before they even write.

#5 Novel Study: When it comes to longer books, things seem to blend together. Have your students keep a timeline of the entire book, chapter by chapter.

Download this multi-use FREEBIE right HERE! To view my collection of graphic organizers click here!

Best Seller Alert ----->>> Helping Verb Task Cards

I love that you can use task cards in so many ways! Not just for whole group instruction, but even for differentiating with your students. In my classroom, I have used task cards for literacy centers, test prep, extra practice, pulling groups for reteaching, and so much more!
That's why I want to share my best-selling task cards, Helping Verb Task Cards, with you! 
This set contains 24 task cards with a variety of questions. Ranging from finding and labeling helping and main verbs to building their own sentences using helping/main verbs.
If you're looking for other ways to use these cards, check out Rachel Lynette's 31 Terrific Ways to Use Task Cards with Your Students for even more ideas!

If you're looking for more helping verb resources, grab the BUNDLE that includes a week's worth of activities! This bundle includes a PowerPoint, Task Cards, Sort, Handout, and Quiz.

The Grammar Bundle that Keeps on Growing

As a TpT author, my passion is making grammar products. I wanted to put together all of my bundles into one large growing bundle {Growing Grammar Bundle} so that teachers can have a multi-usable resource available for their classroom. I love these bundles specifically because they contain everything you need for a week's worth of activities on that grammar subject. Each bundle contains a PowerPoint, Sort, Task Cards, Handouts, and a Quiz. I use all of these items in my own classroom every week!

Pictured: Kinds of Sentences Sort

Here's a look at my weekly classroom schedule...

Monday: I introduce the grammar skill for the week with the PowerPoint. Each PPT gives a definition along with examples for the weekly skill. After all of the terms and samples are shown, there are ten interactive questions available. This is usually my students' favorite part! They are always excited to participate in this part! Every Monday always ends with *sigh* "Are there any more questions?!" Usually, ten are about all we have time for before we move on to centers where they will get more practice.

Tuesday - Thursday: As I mentioned before, I keep use some of the other items in weekly centers for them to practice on throughout the week. I usually put the Sort and Task Cards in two of my ELA weekly centers.

Wednesday: Wednesday night, I have students take home the handout to bring back on Thursday's. Then, I can check them and see who needs to be pulled into a small group to be retaught or given extra practice.

Friday: Quiz day! Each student takes a quiz on this skill for a grade.

The materials included for each skill is perfect variety for my students' needs. You can always buy each bundle separately by skill, but you save over 55% when you buy the Growing Grammar Bundle!

With a new school year coming up, I will be making more grammar bundles. As I add more to it, the price will begin to increase. Make sure you buy it now to save more!