online shopping and being sick, I think some of the ideas from blog stalking have stayed with me. Here's a few things I plan to use during that first week back.
In reading we're going to continue our reading response notebooks. During every 5 day week students are required to write a letter to me which gives a short summary of a book they're reading, as well as at least 1 piece of deeper thinking they had as they read the text. I have gone from hand writing to typing my letters. It's a lot of work to keep up with, but I think it's worth it. Writing about reading is a goal for 99% of my students and this seems to really motivate them to write, since they know I'll be reading it and writing back. Their #1 question when I told them I was leaving for my grandpa's funeral? "But . . . when will we get our reading response notebooks back?!" :)
Division Review: Thanks to Tonya's Treats for Teachers I now have a division review ready to go