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This year I have emphasizing the use of transition words and phrases in my classroom more than ever before in order to address this CCSS in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In know I can have students add these words/phrases to their own written work, but I would appreciate any other ideas for providing formative, authentic assessment which really engage student. Any activities in which students take the role as leader teaching this skill would also be appreciated. Thank you!

Jan 11, 2015 10:49am

Grade 4 All Subjects

  • English Language Arts
  • K-5
  • Assessment


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    • Jan 11, 2015 3:42pm

      Thank you for your response, What is a sentence frame, Jasmine? Is it like a close paragraph or something different. Thank you!

      • Jan 11, 2015 4:17pm

        A sentence frame is a way to help students frame their thinking, while also practicing vocabulary. For example, "I think ________happened, because______". Here is a great slide show that gives several examples

        • Jan 12, 2015 7:56am

          Thank you, Jasmine!

          • Feb 22, 2015 4:49pm

            Amy and Jasmine, my students have really thrived on sentence frames as well! They are great to use for conversations in general, and with your focus on transition words, they fit in perfectly.

            Madaline Noonan also has a great video on silent signals. My students love giving each other these signals and love getting them! We have also created some specifically for our class, and the kids enjoy coming up with the new signals. Perhaps you could have a list of the focus transition words, and students could give a silent signal/cheer when they hear a classmate use a word from this list (which can line up nicely with the sentence frames).


            • Feb 22, 2015 7:11pm

              Kelly, I love these silent signals! We do some of this in my class and I'll definitely be adding more! Thanks!

              • Mar 4, 2015 6:03pm

                There are dozens of station ideas for middle school ELA on!

                • Aug 8, 2015 9:37am

                  I have stumbled upon whole brain teaching movements that I am planning to incorporate this year. There are movements for words, transition words included, that kids do whenever they are speaking. It is supposed to help them remember when they are writing. I think they called it 'oral writing'. My kids already use silent signals and I think they would adapt well to using these.