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!

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Are You Following Me On Social Media?

Well? Are you?!

Howdy blog world! I just want to stop by real quick to remind you to follow me on social media!

I am pretty active on social media, and it's the best way to check out what I am up to on a regular basis!

I even shared my wedding video trailer on Facebook this past week!

Not to mention, I love doing giveaways and throwing sales periodically. Following me on social media is the best way to know when those things are happening!

Now I want to leave you with a little sneak peak at the HUGE blog series and resource I am currently working on. I seriously can't wait to reveal it all!

Come back soon to see what it's all about!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Math and English Language Arts Daily Morning Work

In my classroom, students start each morning by completing a page from my Daily Morning Work resource.

Before we started a morning work routine, our mornings were chaotic. Students were were lingering in the hallway, socializing, or using the time to read or finish work from the previous day. Trying to complete those important morning tasks and get the students ready to start the day was crazy! You know how that goes, right?!

Well, I knew that something needed to change. I needed something that was engaging enough to get my students excited to work each morning. But, I also needed something that would help them review important concepts they needed practice with.

So, after planning this resource and working on it for about four months, it is finally ready: 5th Grade Math and English Language Arts Daily Morning Work {Common Core}. Now, our mornings are organized and productive for both the students and myself.

This resource is intended to get your students started off on the right track each morning. By using my Daily Morning Work, your students will develop a strong routine and receive constant review of Common Core-aligned problems. Because this resource allows your class to work indepently, you will have time to take attendance and get organized for the day while they work.

This resource includes a special section of teacher instructions to help you get started. In these teacher instructions, you will find information on how this resource is organized, ideas on how to assemble this resource, printing instructions, and copy/paper-saving ideas. I also answer questions about grading morning work and even give you ideas on implementation!

For teachers interested in organizing their students' work into a 3-ring binder, I have included binder covers and binder spines.

This resource is a year-long resource with 36 weeks of content. Each week, the first four pages are a mix of both math and language questions, with each question aligned to a specific Common Core Standard. 

I worked very hard on each individual question in this resource. Knowing how important (and difficult) it can be to keep my students engaged, I made sure each page is full of visual examples with problems and questions that are fun for students to complete! 

For example, instead of having students simply write numbers in standard and word form, they can fill out a personal check for fun and real-world practice. Other examples include answering problems to solve riddles, games, crossword puzzles, color by number, calculating batting averages of famous baseball players, etc., etc.! 

In addition to being fun and engaging, it is also important that the problems are aligned to the standards and stretch your students' thinking. The problems are designed to be intuitive and allow your students to complete them independently. So, new and difficult concepts are introduced with appropriate examples and hints to allow autonomy. 

You will also find vocabulary questions or a Greek/Latin affix question on each page. Since it can be tough to squeeze these important concepts in, reviewing them in our morning work has been so helpful for my students to get the extra practice!

There are also a series of review or "fact check" questions that either spiral back previous grade levels' standards, or review important concepts that students need to practice. Some review concepts include elapsed time, money/making change, grammar, fractions, cursive, editing sentences, geometry questions from previous grade levels, letter writing, addressing envelopes, locating continents, and many more!

The fifth page of each week contains a reading passage with either questions or a graphic organizer for students to complete. Each reading passage is aligned to the Reading Literature or Reading Informational standards. 

The first fifteen pages of this resource are aligned to the 4th Grade Common Core Standards. This is so you can start your year with this resource and review last year's concepts before jumping into 5th grade material. 

Last but not least, I've included answer keys! Detailed answer keys are included with the standards listed for each problem. 

You can download the preview to get a free week to try out in your classroom! 

Click the button below to check it out!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale!

While some of you are still enjoying one more month of summer bliss, many of you are gearing up to go back! Whether you can believe it or not, another school year has sprung up on us! With that comes a new batch of eager students to love on, another year to grow, another year to try new things, and also another opportunity to do things better!

To kick off the new school year, I am participating in TpT's huge site-wide "Back to School" sale! My entire store is set to 20% off, and with TpT's code: BTS14, you can get 28% OFF EVERYTHING!

While everything in my store will be on sale, below is a preview of just some of the items! 

Click HERE to check out my best-selling English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments and Teaching Notes! These packs come in handy as not only assessments, but as supplements to use in your classroom all year long! Every single standard has resources that are ready to use in the classroom! 

Check out my best-selling Beginning of the Year Team Building Activities and Classroom Procedures to Teach.

Want to start your year off right? Get organized with my Student Data Tracking Binders and my Standards Based Assessments!

Click HERE to check out my Student Data Binders, and then check out your grade level's Standards Based Assessments!

Don't forget about keeping yourself organized! Check out my Teacher Data Tracking and Grade Book packs HERE!

There are over 800+ pages jam-packed with resources to keep you organized when teaching, grading, or tracking the Common Core!

Have you had a chance to check out my Color by Number for Big Kids Packs? My kids are obsessed with these. They make learning fun! Click HERE to check them out!

From August 4-5th, every single resource will be on sale! Click HERE to check it out! Happy shopping! 

Don't forget to also check out some of my favorite blog friend's stores! Click the links below to check out their sales!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Smooth Sailing into a New School Year: Back to School Tips and Tricks!

I am joining up with some of favorite my blog buddies for a huge link up…Smooth Sailing into a New School Year!

We are offering a collection of tips and tricks to kick off a new year!

Starting your school year on a positive note is so important. In the past, I've had first days that were pure poetry, but I've also had days that were pure…well, you can imagine! While there are definitely things that can happen in those first days that are out of our control, there are many things we can do beforehand to set the stage for success. 

Two of the most important things you need for a successful start to your year are a strong classroom management plan with procedures and routines in place, and a risk-free, welcoming environment for your students. 

First, let's talk about classroom procedures and routines. In my store is a comprehensive checklist with over 100 procedures and routines that I model and teach to my students constantly throughout the year. Click HERE to check it out. 

Whether it's lining up for recess, sharpening a pencil, or transitioning from one activity to the next, having classroom procedures and routines are extremely important. There is honestly nothing better than having your classroom run like a well-oiled machine. Routines save learning time and will make your job a lot easier. The biggest thing to remember when teaching classroom procedures and routines is that you want your students to do them correctly and without your help. 

Here are some tips and tricks on how to teach classroom procedures and routines:

In addition to establishing classroom procedures and routines, it's also important to build community in your classroom. The culture you create amongst your students during those first few weeks will set the tone for the entire year. 

The best way to encourage a classroom community from the beginning is through team building activities. In my store is a pack with over 30 Beginning of the Year Team Building Activities to help you build a community in your own classroom. Click HERE to check it out. Your students will have a blast working together and getting to know each other. 

Here's why creating a classroom community through team building is so important:

Make sure you stop by each blog to check out their back to school tips and tricks! 

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