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List of Items on My Prediction Board

Later, I plan to create printable PDFs that you can quickly produce and attach to foam board or poster board. I’ll let ya know! In the meantime, here’s a quick bullet list of items and supplies that you can use to create your own prediction board. I found most of the items at Dollar Tree.

ITEMS AND SUPPLIES

  • Foam board–I used black, but color is optional.
  • A pack of green plastic toy soldiers
  • America decoration–Easy to find around July 4th
  • School bus–Found in the teacher section at Dollar Tree.
  • Foam letter stickers–These don’t have to be foam, but I like the texture.
  • Dog leash
  • Empty honey bear bottle–washed, of course
  • 1 green envelope
  • Low-heat hot glue gun
  • One or two sheets of scrap booking paper for background behind words–optional
  • Washington D.C. sticker or photo
  • Firecracker sticker

I tried looking for a toy tire and a small blue bunny, but couldn’t find what I wanted in the time I had. Not necessary, but they would be a nice addition.

IMPORTANT WORDS ON THE BOARD

  • loyal
  • blame
  • fear
  • love
  • friend
  • PTSD
  • family
  • honor
  • foster care
  • sorrow

I like the dimension of my board because tangible items make it more interesting and pleasing to the eye. If you want extra dimension under your words, buy two foam boards. Attach your letters to one foam board, then cut out each word. Glue the cut out word to the second foam board that will be your prediction board. I cut out blame, loyal, friend, honor, family, sorrow, and fear from my old board, then glued them on my new board. See the picture below:

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If you’re on a time crunch, I will soon have PDFs for you to print and glue. 🙂

 

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Writing Prompt Day 6: Something You Were Proud of in the Last Few Days

This one is tough. The last few days have not been my best. But, I guess I can talk about my 6th graders. I prepped them this week before beginning a novel with them. I have a “prediction board” (see photo below) that I created, dangling hints about the story.

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I showed them the board and had them discuss with each other what they thought the book would be about. Then, I had them write a prediction paragraph. So, for two days, we discussed, we questioned, and we predicted. I loved watching the anticipation rising in them.

Right before reading, I had them raise their right hands and repeat after me.
“I do solemnly swear that I will not, under any circumstances, be a book spoiler.” (I make a huge deal about this.)

So, we read (I read it aloud to them while they followed along) the first chapter of the book Thursday, then I made them close the book. I’ve taught this book three times before. As ususal, they were shocked, moved, and begged to keep reading. They peppered me with questions, to which my repeated reply was, “That’s a great question!”

Even students who “hate reading” are hooked, as I knew they would be. These are the times when I feel like my job is worth something, when I am actually making a difference and enjoying it.

What’s the title of this awesome book? That’s a great question!

The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer

 

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