In order to motivate our students to read, we use the Accelerated Reading program. For the last two years I have themed my classroom in Monsters!! (I love Monster Mansion at Six Flags and wanted to bring it here). I made a Monster Mansion for AR points. Each student starts their monster in the basement. Every two weeks, we have a "Monster Moving Ceremony" to see if any of our monsters get to change rooms. We have a 5 point room, 10 point room, 25 point room, 50 point room, 100 point room, 150 point room, and 200 (and beyond) gets to party in the attic. This silly way of motivating students actually work! We clap and cheer for anyone monster being moved!
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I have started posting some things on teacherspayteachers.com. I have many freebies on there, as well as, some Alabama Science Assessment PowerPoints. (I am not finished posting all of those so don't give up on me!) Stop by my store and see if there is anything that could be useful in your classroom. If you think of something you would like for me to make and post on TPT, send me an e-mail!
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Surprise Ice Cream Party!
I was awarded four half gallons of my favorites to take home to enjoy!
Great books that you have to read to your students!