Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Student Gifts Ideas

Happy Holidays! Are you getting excited yet? I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping, which is a bid deal for me. I tend to be a last-minute shopper. But let's face it, I do my my best work under pressure!

In addition to shopping for my family and friends, I also like to do something small for my students. We are like a little family, and they're my kids, right?! I know many of you can relate. Last year, I gave my students $1 books from Scholastic, bookmarks, candy, pencils, and my Winter Print and Go Freebie (without my cute cover on it, as you can see). You can read more about this HERE.


We also opened our team-building stockings, which you can read more about HERE. They were honestly super excited and appreciative of everything I gave them.

Each year, I rack my brain trying to think of something easy and inexpensive to give my students. Does this also happen to you? So to help you, I created a Pinterest board FILLED with tons of ideas for student gifts! The Pinterest board is titled Student Holiday Gift Ideas.


Since we're all so busy, I figured I'd help you out and do all the thinking for you! In 24 hours, I've already pinned about 50 ideas for you. All you have to do is follow the board and scroll through the ideas. 

See below on how to follow this Student Holiday Gift Ideas board: 


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Understanding Close Reading: Part 1 - What is Close Reading?

I'm back for my next installment on close reading!



I am so excited to FINALLY share what I have been working so hard on. A few weeks back, I asked my Facebook followers to rate their understanding and knowledge of close reading. I was shocked to learn that so many teachers didn't really know much about it (me being one of them). How can we be required to implement things in our classroom if we don't have the proper training and knowledge?

So, I decided to roll up my sleeves and sort through all of this information and research to help you all better understand close reading. I will be providing you with an informational blog series on the WHAT and HOW of close reading.


Like my last informational blog series, I will be blogging about this topic over the course of a few posts. At the very end, I will compile all of the slides into a free PDF for you. 

The first part of this blog series is understanding WHAT close reading is.




As you can see, I broke the definition of close reading into three key parts:

1.) Purposeful re-reading
2.) Analysis
3.) Use of complex texts

In an effort to avoid information overload, this blog post will focus on Purposeful re-reading and Analysis. I will address the Use of complex texts in my next post.















Stay tuned to the last part of WHAT is close reading: use of complex text.


Do you need close reading resources to get you started in your classroom? Check out the resources below by clicking the "Purchase Here" button! 

 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions, & More



I'm back with my next Close Reading resource for you! If you and your students enjoyed my Fall and Thanksgiving Close Reading resource, you will love my Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More


The information below is just a sample of what's included! Click HERE to check out the preview to see more!

I created this seasonal close reading resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose.

It contains everything you need to implement close reading in your classroom! 

Leveled Passages
Included in this resource are four Christmas-themed reading passages. There are three levels of each passage so you can easily differentiate for your students! The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage. 




Each passage contains text features and bolded vocabulary words for your students to analyze.  


Implementation Printables
I've also included a step-by-step implementation guide. I've researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your life easier, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.


In addition to the step-by-step implementation guide, I've included an Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide. This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I've outlined what each student should focus on and the learning targets for each read.


Annotation Guides
These printable annotation guides are a resource to help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I've included two different levels of the printables.


Close Reader Poster
Is this little gingerbread not the cutest thing ever? This Close Reader Poster is a great visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.


Text-Dependent Questions, Writing Prompts, and Graphic Organizers
Each passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). The questions require students to cite evidence from the text to support their answers.

In addition to the text-dependent questions, I've also included graphic organizers for key ideas and details, vocabulary, main idea, and more!


Each passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text.


Detailed answer keys are also included.

Like I said above, this is only a small preview of what's included!

Click the button below to check it out!


Looking for a fall and Thanksgiving version? Click below to check it out!



Also, make sure you check back for more information on close reading. There will be additional blog posts to follow.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Save Yourself Some Merry Little Minutes: Student Jobs

I'm linking up with some of my favorite upper-elementary bloggers to give you some time-saving tips! Hopefully all of our tips will allow you to spend more time with your families during the holidays!



My time-saving tip is to give more responsibilities to your students and keep them in the same classroom job all year long.


I don't know about you, but it always seems like I have too much to do in my classroom and not enough hours in the day to do it. However, we have an entire classroom full of helpers all eager and willing to help their teacher out! Assigning classroom jobs to students not only teaches them responsibility, but it also gives them pride and helps to build classroom community. So, why not make them more responsible? An added bonus is that you won't be completely exhausted at the end of the day from all of the extra chores you have to do around your classroom. The best thing I ever did was keep my students in the same jobs all year long. Yes, you read that right. No more rotations, and no more new jobs every week. I assign each student a job, and they keep that job for the entire year.

When I rotated jobs, students would forget to do them or not know what to do. The consistency of keeping the same job means that everyone is responsible in making our room function.

I typically wait to assign jobs until I really get to know my students. Then, I introduce and model how to complete each job in our classroom, I let them apply for the job they want, and then I match students with a job that will fit them best. Some jobs happen in the morning, some jobs are throughout the day, and many jobs happen at the end of the day. But no matter what the job is, within days of assigning the jobs, every student is responsible for making our room function, and they are all so proud of this.

Click HERE to check out some of the jobs my students have in our classroom.


Last year, when we found out that our custodial services would only be happening two days a week, I had a parent donate a vacuum and a mop to our classroom. I kid you not, the most popular jobs were vacuuming and mopping, and the students that earned those positions were so proud to do this every single day. Oh, and the other FAVORITE job? Cutting lamination. Some would even beg to take it home to cut for me on the weekends!


Seriously! #everyteachersdream.

Besides the benefits of building responsibility and classroom community, when students each have a job and perform it well everyday, your classroom will run like a well-oiled machine. If I am ever out of the classroom and we have a sub, I know that I will come back to a spotless room, with everything in its place. With all of the holiday parties coming up, my students know that they are responsible for their room, and they will work hard to keep everything running smoothly.

So, while it may be a small change in your classroom, try it! I promise it will leave you with more energy at the end of each day, so you can go home and enjoy more time with your family!

Also, check out my latest resource to save you some time! I've just released my latest Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text Dependent Questions & More!


Visit these blogs to check out all of their awesome time-saving tips to help you celebrate the season!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall and Thanksgiving Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More



I am so excited to finally share what I have been working on! I have spent the last three months researching everything I can on close reading. I've read books, articles, blog posts, websites, and more. My goal is to provide you with resources, an informational blog series, and freebies so you can successfully implement close reading in your own classroom.

I will be blogging about all of information I've acquired over a series of posts. So each time you see that picture above, know that the blog post is part of my close reading series!

On that note, the first close reading resource I am excited to share is my Fall and Thanksgiving Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More!


The information below is just a sample of what's included! Click HERE to check out the preview to see more!

I created this seasonal close reading resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose.

It contains everything you need to implement close reading in your classroom! 

Leveled Passages
Included in this resource are four fall and Thanksgiving-themed reading passages. There are three levels of each passage so you can easily differentiate for your students! The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage.




Each passage contains text features and bolded vocabulary words for your students to analyze.  



Implementation Printables
I've also included a step-by-step implementation guide. I've researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your life easier, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.


In addition to the step-by-step implementation guide, I've included an Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide. This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I've outlined what each student should focus on, and the learning targets for each read.


Annotation Guides
These printable annotation guides are a resource to help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I've included two different levels of the printables.



Close Reader Poster
Is this little turkey not the cutest thing ever? This Close Reader Poster is a great visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.


Text-Dependent Questions, Writing Prompts, and Graphic Organizers
Each passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). The questions are written in a way that require students to cite evidence from the text.

In addition to the text-dependent questions, I've also included key ideas and details graphic organizers, main idea graphic organizers, and more!


Each passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text.


Detailed answer keys are also included.

Like I said above, this is only a small preview of what's included!

Click the button below to check it out!



Looking for a Christmas version? Click below to check it out!


Also, make sure you check back for more information on close reading. There will be additional blog posts to follow.

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