5 Ways to Engage your students using Stuffed Animals

Meet Ellie!

She is our classroom "pet".  When I first started teaching I would send her home with a student every weekend.  She travelled in a brightly colored bag and had a travel journal with her.  Each student would have a turn to take her for the weekend and then write about what adventures they had with her.  My students loved the chance to take Ellie home and I loved that it gave them a chance for some authentic writing at home.  Ellie always got to visit my house on Mondays to take a bath just to ensure that she was clean and ready for her next adventure.  

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