Language stems, thinking stems, sentence starters…there are a lot of different names for this incredible teaching strategy! When I am planning for the needs of my ESL students, I think of them as language stems. When I am planning how to make my students thinking go one step further, I call them thinking stems. To my students, I call them our “Super Sentence Starters”. When I created my fifth anchor chart of stems, I realized it was time to consolidate. So…I created a helpful little book with all of the starters we use in my classroom. We have starters for talking about math strategies, summarizing reading, predicting, inferring, comparing/contrasting, stating opinions, book talk, and evidence proof.
Voila! The students have their own accessible anchor chart to work with. Yay! Get your hands on these free thinking stems by signing up for my mailing list below. Enjoy!