Have you ever used STICK PICK?
I know what you are thinking. What in the world would a fifth grade literacy teacher do with a simple app like this? The answer is way more than you think! :) At the end of our Book Talk (independent reading time) my students know that I will "pick a stick" and they will need to share details and thoughts about the novel they were reading during that time. The pressure is on and they LOVE IT! It's simple and easy but it holds them accountable which I LOVE! We have an anchor chart of thinking stems in our classroom. They share a few details and at least one thought using a thinking stem to get them going if necessary. They have learned to speak intelligently about what they are reading and don't want to stop after they get started! Their friends are instantly interested in their books and we often have to start waiting lists because of these conversations! :)
Love it! The simplest but most useful app in my classroom! Accountability and thinking at it's best each and every day!
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