With the year winding down and spring fever in full force, now more than ever we need ways to hook our kids in. We need the perfect bait to catch each and every fish in our pond! Most importantly, we can’t let those fish get away either. We need a meaningful bait that attracts even the most choosy fish, and we need a bait that will keep them interested. Today, I’ve got fourteen activator ideas that I hope matches your needs.
1 BRAINSTORMING IDEAS
2 QUICK WRITES
3 GIVE ONE, GET ONE
4 WOULD YOU RATHER
This is another favorite of mine. I love coming up with related vocabulary words or story vocabulary using this strategy, and as an added bonus, the final list works beautifully as a brainstorming list for writing later! I use Alphaboxes as a prereading strategy, but teachers can add to the lists once the lesson is done to show new learning too.
6 COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED
7 GAME TIME
8 SORT IT
9 DRAW IT OUT
10 CAROUSEL BRAINSTORM
11 I WONDER
12 GO CONCRETE
14 MYSTERY BAG
PRINT AND GO READING ACTIVITIES YOU’LL LOVE
Do you keep a Guided Reading Binder or Digital Folder? I highly recommend this. Mine is divided by skill/purpose. I keep all activators in a section, skillwork in a section, and post reading ideas in a section. It streamlines things for me, and when I made one for the staff at my school, they really appeciated it. I put it with our leveled library to so they could grab and go what they needed. If you like the freebie ideas provided, you’ll probably like this set. Here is a quick preview. For more
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