1. I try to make reading as fun as I possibly, especially the not-so-fun stuff like Timed Repeated Readings. So, I thought of doing what I call "Reading Stamina Strips". Basically, you do the timed repeated reading but, if you pass the number you read previously, you get a strip to add to your chain. Once you get 10 strips, you can get a prize. THE KIDS WENT CRAZY FOR THIS!
2. That new girl from yesterday, she's mine!
3. We're starting a "Biggest Loser" club at school. I'm really excited because not only am I on a team with my friends, but like the kids with the reading stamina strips, I just need a little something to motivate me! Competitions do that.
4. At my school, you learn about Virginia history in 4th grade. One class of my kiddos is learning a rap, and they are just the darn cutest things!