extra- This is a list of Pixar (and other) cartoon shorts that could be used to teach reading strategies. There are also graphic organizers to go with them. What a great way to get (and keep) the kids' attention!
Retelling Sticks are a tool for students to help them retell stories, while identifying and describing story elements. The visual cues will aid students in providing key ideas and details as they retell and sequence stories.
"we're ready" light buttons. Use them to hold all students in each group accountable for getting ready to learn! I'll use them to signal when groups are ready to share their thinking, when they all agree on something, or ready for transitions.