Anyone have difficulty getting your students to grasp text to self and text to text concept besides me? I thought this was a genius way to illustrate what you mean when using those terms. Dr. Keith simply created these illustrations using ellison dicuts and attached them together using paper clips. I think by showing my students these in library center or having them displayed in a listening station...they would understand what I'm referring to when I ask them to make a connection. It is just a wonderful visual for them!
Want to save a little money next school year? Buy the marble notebooks and have them cut in 1/2 at a hardware store! Lowe's and Home Depot will do them too and inexpensively. These make the perfect little size for small hands and are great to use as a vocabulary notebook or math journal. :)
The graffiti board is pretty awesome. Here, you hang bulletin board paper in an independent reading center and allow students to make open comments about books they are reading or recommend for others. In lower grades, you could have students write the title of the book and when another child does not know what to read...they could check the graffiti board for recommendations and book titles. You can also place a bin with the recommended books next to the board so students can go there for their reading material and not have to hunt all over for the book. They can use markers, crayons, various fonts, etc to make it more fun and appear as if it were graffiti on a wall.