Leah Rayburn

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Leah Rayburn
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"Island of the Blue Dolphins" is an awesome novel choice to grab a class' interest. Because of its never ending action, students LOVE my Reading class and can't wait for the next chapter. My classes alternate between reading the novel together out
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"Frindle" by Andrew Clements will keep your class in stitches as creative Nick Allen battles a Word War with the Lone Granger. The novel unit begins with a cloze activity using the novel's summary. This novel study is divided into 6 sets of
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This PowerPoint is to introduce the novel "Night of the Twisters" by Ivy Ruckman. It's a story based on true events when multiple tornadoes occurred in Nebraska in 1980. The PowerPoint includes a map of Nebraska, a map tracking the REAL tornadoes
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This is a Bingo type game to asses if students know the definitions to terms used in a drama/play. Before beginning my drama unit, students take notes in their Reading journal/notebook for 8 main drama terms and their meanings. (drama/play, scene,
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I found that when answering questions on standardized tests students didn't always understand the question. How can they answer the question if they don't understand the question itself? Soooo I created a list of the Reading terms that go along
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After completing a unit on Persuasive Texts, I ask my students to create a Persuasive Poster. With a partner students choose a position or viewpoint on a "hot topic" like school dress code, longer PE/recess, etc. Their poster should include both a
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This game can be used as a "Get to Know You" activity OR as a game to introduce making generalizations. I based it off the PE game four square. I divide my classroom into 4 sqaures/areas. I ask students to stand in the square/area that BEST
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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This should only be done after students have gained an understanding of figurative language. In this PowerPoint, students are given 14 example sentences containing figurative language. Students create a Bingo type board and use a place marker to
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The PowerPoint includes a basic overview of 8 Native American Tribes. (Mound Builders, Anasazai, Inuit, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Iroquois, Cheyenne) Students will learn various facts about each tribe including location, type of shelter, main food source,
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This PowerPoint provides a definition and examples of sentences using personification. Additionally students are provided an opportunity to work with a partner to create their own sentence using personification. The last slide provides reflective
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This is a follow up / enrichment activity to use once students have mastered the concept of personification. Use the 7 pictures from nature to allow students to create their own sentences using personification. This may be completed individually
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Students will enjoy creating their own poetry book with these 6 kid friendly poem patterns. The format for each poem is given along with an example for each that I created. Students may choose a different topic for each poem OR center all 6 poems
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Before beginning to read the novel "Night of the Twisters" by Ivy Ruckman, my class watches several short vidoes about tornadoes, tornado safety, etc. We also create a bar graph plotting the number of tornadoes that occurred in Texas in 2011. This
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Both of these are to help students track a character and their traits as students read any type of text. I use both throughtout the school year. First semester begins with lots of guided practice and classroom examples but by second semester
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2 activities to be used at the beginning of "Night of the Twisters" 1. Tornado Art Activity - In this activity each student needs 1 pipe cleaner and sheet of Manila paper. Students turn a tornado into SOMETHING else. Students must also focus on
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These "bookmark" type strips help students locate descriptions in a text. So many times students focus on what something looks like but this will force them to "dig a little deeper." As students read a text, they complete the 5 Senses Chart
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This is a poster of the 6 genres found in Reading. 1. I print my students a copy for their Reading journal/notebook. They cut the squares apart and glue 1 or 2 genre squares per page. Then as the year progresses, we write the name of each short
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This is a PowerPoint with 20 emotions vocabulary words, their defintions and a sentence using it in context. I've labeled them Academic Voc because my students have a tendency use very low level words to describe character's emotions. I try to
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After introducing expository / informational texts' purposes, author's organizations and text structures and features, I have my students create this Expository Poster over TWO self-selected texts. I usually complete this activity during the last
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I ask my students to use academic words to describe character's emotions. These flashcards are just a few of the words available. There are 3 pages with 12 emotions per page along with 3 pages of corresponding definitions. Some emotions included
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Since graduating from the University of Texas at Tyler, I have sent my entire career in the classroom. From 1997 to 2005, I taught at Mabank Middle School. Since 2005 I have been at my current school Athens Intermediate in the ELAR department. Each day's a new adventure with my students. They always keep me on my toes and teach me new things:)

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