Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set (Day 5)

Welcome to Day 5, our final day, of the Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set. Today I am sharing a choice board that focuses on identifying homophones. This is another choice board that I made in advance and I haven’t had a chance to use yet. My goal is to make enough choice boards to carry me through the rest of the school year. In the future, I will be posting choice boards that focus on the following skills:

  • compound words
  • plural and possessive nouns
  • pronouns
  • parts of speech
  • editing/proof reading
  • analogies
  • and more

Click here to check out my Making Choices Activity Sets in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I will also be finishing up a few reader’s companions over the next few weeks. I actually have Ramona Quimby, Age 8 finished– I just need to upload it to my Teachers Pay Teachers. My goal is to have this done by the end of the week. Reader’s companions that I hope to have finished by the end of the school year are:

  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing (for my summer reading assignment)

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BE SURE TO READ AND CLICK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A FREE CHOICE BOARD SET EACH MONTH! 

Have a great week!

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Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set (Day 4)

Welcome to Day 4 of the Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set. Today I am sharing a choice board that focuses on identifying antonyms. I haven’t used this highlighted choice board yet. This is another one that I plan on using in the next few weeks. These choice boards are perfect for the end of the school year because I mentioned in my last post, it gives my students what they need to work independently on a meaningful task. It is the fuel necessary to help my class run on autopilot- which for me is very necessary at the end of the school year. Click here to check out my Making Choices Activity Sets in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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In this choice board set there are a total of 9 worksheets. I have 5 activities that provide students with a few different ways to practice identifying antonyms. Four of the activities have two worksheets. These additional worksheets can be used as an informal assessment and/or additional practice activities.

To read more about how I use choice boards in the classroom, click here.

Tomorrow I will be sharing my Making Choices Activity Set: Homophones. Be sure to stop back by my blog so you can see the new activities. BE SURE TO READ AND CLICK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A FREE CHOICE BOARD SET EACH MONTH! 

Have a great week!

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If you would like to use my Making Choices Activity Sets in your classroom, you can get them for *free* by subscribing to my email list! Each month I mail out a *free* Making Choices Activity Set in my newsletter- this is a $2.99 value! All you have to do is click here and sign up. Be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t receive a confirmation email right away! 

 

Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set (Day 3)

Welcome to Day 3 of the Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set. Today I am sharing a choice board that focuses on identifying synonyms. I haven’t used this highlighted choice board yet. We are just finishing up our statewide standardized testing so I plan on using this particular choice board next week. I am planning for the rest of the year in advance because at this point we are moving in autopilot. I spent the first six months of school reinforcing and establishing routines and classroom systems. This is primarily because the goal is for me to transition into the position of a “facilitator” and students begin to take more control over their learning. By creating choice boards in advance, I know that our reading workshop will be covered for the remainder of the school year. This is a big deal because it opens up planning time for me to start getting ready for next year. If you are looking for simple, no-prep activities for the end of the school year- choice board activities are perfect. Click here to check out my Making Choices Activity Sets in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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In this choice board set there are a total of 9 worksheets. I have 5 activities that provide students with a few different ways to practice identifying synonyms. Four of the activities have two worksheets. These additional worksheets can be used as an informal assessment and/or additional practice activities.

To read more about how I use choice boards in the classroom, click here.

Tomorrow I will be sharing my Making Choices Activity Set: Antonyms. Be sure to stop back by my blog so you can see the new activities. BE SURE TO READ AND CLICK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A FREE CHOICE BOARD SET EACH MONTH! 

Have a great week!

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If you would like to use my Making Choices Activity Sets in your classroom, you can get them for *free* by subscribing to my email list! Each month I mail out a *free* Making Choices Activity Set in my newsletter- this is a $2.99 value! All you have to do is click here and sign up. Be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t receive a confirmation email right away! 

 

Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set (Day 2)

Welcome to Day 2 of the Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set. Today I am sharing a choice board that focuses on identifying similes and metaphors. I found that my students need to understand/identify and interpret figurative language when reading chapter books, picture books, poetry and short stories. Authors use figurative language to help the reader create mental images when reading. When students understand that figurative language is a way to compare objects, people, and/or events- it strengthens their understanding when reading and it improves their writing by helping them to develop their “voice”.

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My students enjoyed working on this choice board because they were able to be creative. It also calls for highlighting and coloring- and my students love to highlight and color!

Here are the must-do activities that are included in this resource, Making Choices Activity Set: Similes and Metaphors.

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If you enjoy using choice boards in your classroom, here is an activity that you can add to your students “may-do” activities. I always add file folder games to add variety to the activities my students can choose from. Here is the file folder game that accompanies this choice board activity.

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To read more about how I use choice boards in the classroom, click here.

Tomorrow I will be sharing my Making Choices Activity Set: Synonyms. Be sure to stop back by my blog so you can see the new activities. BE SURE TO READ AND CLICK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A FREE CHOICE BOARD SET EACH MONTH! 

Have a great week!

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If you would like to use my Making Choices Activity Sets in your classroom, you can get them for *free* by subscribing to my email list! Each month I mail out a *free* Making Choices Activity Set in my newsletter- this is a $2.99 value! All you have to do is click here and sign up. Be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t receive a confirmation email right away! 

 

 

Special Feature: Making Choices Activity Set (Day 1)

Good Morning, Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. If you are anything like me- you are kind of dreading the Sunday night shuffle…..laundry, clothes picked out, meal prep, last minute lesson plans, take the trash out (trash day is on Monday and I am single so…..), and the list can go on and on. Dreading it, not because we aren’t looking forward to Monday, but because we aren’t ready to say good-bye to the weekend.

Well if you are blog hopping to kill some time before getting prepared for the week- you may have hit the jackpot! This week-starting today- I will be posting a different Making Choices Activity Set to my blog everyday. These resources are perfect for reading workshop, small group work and independent practice. I want to share my new “no-prep/ just add paper” resources with everyone because I figured I may be able to help shave some planning time off of someone’s schedule. By using these choice board activities, you can spend less time planning and more time doing something else equally important (like surfing pinterest : ).This week can be the perfect time to add them to your library of resources- as the end of the school year approaches these activities can help your classroom run on autopilot with very little prep work for you (remember- just add paper). I recently posted about my Making Choices Activity Sets here. Feel free to read the post if you want more information. I’ll give you a quick run-through here…

Making Choices Activity Sets are a compilation of choice board activities that focus on a particular focus skills. It is what I use with my students during reading workshop to provide engaging activities and accountability. A choice board has a mixture of activities that must be done, and a few activities that are optional. Students can choose what activities they do and when….but all of the must-do’s are due by Friday.

Choice board activities provide students with differentiated learning tasks that reinforce concepts and focus skills that they should be able to recall, identify and/or perform with automaticity.  These activities give you “bang for your buck” because it allows you to spend instructional time on new concepts while students work toward mastery when completing their choice boards.

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Today’s highlighted choice board is the Making Choices Activity Set: Fact and Opinion. My students really enjoyed this choice board because the theme of the activities focuses on classroom pets. By the end of the week, students had to use both facts and opinions to help persuade their classmates to choose the class pet of their choice. Of course we are not going to get a pet this late in the year; however, my students really enjoyed “debating” the perfect classroom pet. They also chose to look up facts using the classroom computers and enjoyed working in small groups.

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The Making Choices Activity Set: Fact and Opinion has 5 no-prep activities that can be used immediately after downloading. It also includes a sample choice board with suggested activities and a blank choice board if you want to write in activities of your choice.

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In addition to the activities that I have provided, I also include a reading log for students to complete during their independent reading time. This is a must-do activity on their choice board.

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If you are looking for additional activities to use during this block of time in your classroom, I’ve also created file folder games to accompany each choice board activity set. This is a way to provide students with more hands-on options and additional practice with the highlighted skill. The following file folder game compliments the fact and opinion choice board activities.

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Tomorrow I will be sharing my Making Choices Activity Set: Similes and Metaphors with a cool file folder games that can be used along with it. Be sure to stop back by my blog so you can see the new activities. BE SURE TO READ AND CLICK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A FREE CHOICE BOARD SET EACH MONTH! 

Have a great week!

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If you would like to use my Making Choices Activity Sets in your classroom, you can get them for *free* by subscribing to my email list! Each month I mail out a *free* Making Choices Activity Set in my newsletter- this is a $2.99 value! All you have to do is click here and sign up. Be sure to check your junk mail if you don’t receive a confirmation email right away!