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You can find copies of materials presented at some of our meetings.

Smart Board Activities

Presenter: Elisabeth Steele

SmartBoard Tips and Tricks Handout

Book Activities

Grandfather Tang's Story
by Ann Tompert

If I Built a House
by Chris Van Dusen
Interrupting Chicken
by David Ezra Stein
It's A Tiger
by David La Rochelle
I Wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Suki's Kimono
by Chieri-Uegaki

Dominating the Danielson: Understanding Teacher Evaluation

Presented By: Kristen Holly, Principal at
Carl Sandburg Elementary School

Danielson 2014-2015 Rubric

It's Poetry Time

Acrostic Poem

Free Verse Definition
Free Verse Graphic Organizer

Color Poem: Hailstones & Halibut Bones

CCSS/ELA Resources
Stay Ahead of the Stampede

Presenter: Gail Huizinga


Reading Games & Activities

The Napping House

Morse Code Alphabet
Morse Code Worksheet

Consonant Blend Scavenger Hunt

Sequencing Activity

Sight Words - Uno Pre-primer Dolch Words

Spooktacular Books & Activities

Spooktacular PPT
The Bones of Fred McFeePumpkin Story Template
Click Clack Boo Sequencing
Click Clack Boo Other Activities
The Halloweiner: "Bone-A-Fide" Comprehension
Big Pumpkin Sequencing Activities
What do Ghosts Serve for Dessert Scramble
Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness--BDA
Room on the Broom Story Completion
Content Connections: Literacy Strategies in the Social Sciences
(Civil Rights Activities)

Resource Packet

Primary Documents

PowerPoint Presentation
Information About Book Talks
Information About Using Book Talks &
Book Talk for these Titles:

Ranger In Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail
Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival
Teensy Weensy Animals
Clark the Shark: Tooth Trouble
Goldi Rocks & the Three Bears
I Got the Rhythm
Snoop Troop: It Came From Beneath the Playground
A Pet for Fly Guy
I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever - or Snack Time?
What if You Had Animal Feet?
Magic Bunny: Dancing Days
Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble

Reading & Writing Strategies Using Tradebooks

Bibliography & Strategy Handouts

I Wanna New Room-Persuasive Writing

Poetry Carousel: Ideas for Reading and Writing Poetry

Haiku Poetry
Acrostic Poetry
Shape Poetry/List Poetry/Animal Poetry and
Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

Informational Meeting & Medieval Games

Medieval Handout with Games
Directions for NIM
Word Search
Crossword Puzzle

April Authors

Authors' Birthdays
April Author's Birthdays PPT
Reader's Theater Handout
ILTS ELE/MLE Jeopardy Review

Jeopardy Review 1
Jeopardy Review 2
Jeopardy Review 3
Jeopardy Review 4
Jeopardy Review 5
EC Jeopardy Review
EC Content Millionaire

Phonics Review
Content Area Reading Grades 4-8
by Lauren Covington and Tara Richeson

Question Wheel Instructions
Question Wheel 1
Question Wheel 2

Remembering 9/11

9/11 Lesson Ideas/Bibliography
Scrabble Blowout

Scrabble Websites
Pam Nelson's Poetry Suitcase

The Poetry Suitcase Revisited
Teach the Elements of Poetry

Winter Fling
Winter Books Bibliography
Cotton Snowball Activity
Teaching Women's History through Literature
Lesson Plan1
Lesson Plan 2
Lesson Plan 3
Integrating Reading & Writing in Science & Social Studies

The Latest in Literacy by
Kristen Holly Packet
(html  pdf)
"Life (and books) after Harry Potter"
Presenter: Judy Looby
Handout 2
“Building a Bridge With Books: School and Home Connections”
(Kindergraten Handout, Helpful Websites, Pink Ink, Green Eggs & Ham, Night of the Twisters,
Magic at the Movies)
AG in the Classroom Convention

There are tons of resources on their web page
Right to Intervention (RTI) Handout
Speaker: Anita Breeden

RTI handout (pdf)
RTI handout (PowerPoint)
Motivation Matters:  Tools to Encourage Students to become Engaged Readers and Learners

Dr. Joy Russell
Illinois Teacher of the Year Top Ten List

Newspapers in Education
Handout 1
Information on the Student Reading Council
December Holiday Activities for the Classroom
Christmas Sites
Cottonball Snowman Activity

Make Your Own Driedel
December Holiday Activity
A Biography Bash
I Am Poem
Biography Bash Bibliography
Creating Biography Webs
2010 Teacher of the Year
Kevin Rutter
Top Eight List
Featured Authors
Shapes the Roll by Karen Berman Nagel
 Pinata in a Pine Tree Pat Mora
The Dreamer Pam Munoz Ryan
Pam Munoz Ryan Bookmark
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Poetry Suitcase Handouts
Poetry Bibliography
Elements of Poetry
Beetles Bop
This Dream
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Highlights of Poetry Suitcase
Reading Across the Content Areas
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad
by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Information and Activities
History & Communication
Frog Communication
Underground Railroad Songs
Story Quilt