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Shared Expectations: A teacher and students practice, understand, and perform to classroom norms.
Shared Expectations: A teacher and students practice, understand, and perform to classroom norms.

Organization System for Take Home Materials

Melody provides her students with book club ziploc bags that contain a book, a letter to parents explaining book club requirements, a bookmark with reading reflection stems, a sticky note for annotating, and a pencil. This organization system allows students to keep their materials together as they bring their books to and from school. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Third grade
Teaching Challenge: Come to Class Prepared
Melody Arabo
Keith Elementary School
West Bloomfield, MI
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you modify this strategy for a new purpose or subject area?
  • How could you prepare to support students who continually forget their materials?
Lesson Notes

All students bring their personal experiences when they are solving a problem. "Show me with a thumbs up or down if you have been to an amusement park? What do you do at an amusement park?" To give everyone equal footing on this I will show pictures of amusement park rides. What do all these rides have in common? They are rides that anyone can go on. They don't have any height restriction. Now, I will show pictures of rides that do have height restrictions. "What do you think these rides have in common? How do you know if you are able to ride certain rides? Are you tall enough? How do you measure yourself at the amusement park?Today we are going to see if we are tall enough to ride on the Cyclone roller coaster, named after ISU's mascot. We are going to measure ourselves to see if we can ride on the Cyclone. First, we have to measure ourself. How can we do it?" Wait for responses. Depending on student responses, I may remind students of measuring the pumpkin, a previous measurement lesson. "How could ways we've measured in the past help us today?" I want to guide students to ways to problem solve this, instead of me telling them how to do it.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Third grade
Teaching Challenge: Come to Class Prepared
Melody Arabo
Keith Elementary School
West Bloomfield, MI
Artifacts
Strategy Implementation Notes
Lesson File:Book Club Bag Video.MOV
In the video, Melody explains how and why she sets these bags up.