Quotation Marks in the Wild

By Amber Ernst / October 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

Last year I shared some of our favorite ways to introduce and practice using quotation marks and dialogue and in our writing along with editing.  You can find that post – here.  Today, I have a new idea to add to the mix that we are trying this year. I made these animal posters to…

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Seatwork Alternative – Ditch the boring!

By Amber Ernst / January 21, 2015 / 0 Comments

 It’s a dreaded battle….seatwork… Students aren’t itching for it, honestly I don’t like to give it unless necessary. Seatwork alternative do exist.  Most seatwork is used to practice or eventually assess a skill that we have been working on.  Introducing a concept I like to do an activity, use short clips, or some way to…

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Introducing Dialogue Activities

By Amber Ernst / October 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

So embarking on this new grade, I didn’t imagine quite fully all the new material I would be teaching.  Dialogue in writing and how to punctuate it – certainly wasn’t something I was expecting. I found these awesome ideas to be very helpful to introduce the concept to my students! First up  the Balloon Stickies…

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