Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grade 4 Daily Common Core Reading Passages (150 Passages)


If you are making the transition to Common Core, this document provides more than seven months (150 different Grade 4 aligned passages) to help students learn and review Common Core.  The questions are text dependent.  Topics and genres include:  Food webs, Ellis Island, the history of money, simple machines, folktales, realistic fiction, and more.

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Different Types of Main Idea Questions


Sometimes students have difficulty with main idea because they just don't understand how the question is worded.  Click here to see the different strategies that I use to teach main idea to my students.Click Here

Monday, July 7, 2014

Third Grade Common Core Interactive Reading and Math Journals


Do you use interactive reading journals?  They are a fun way to teach a variety of concepts.  I recently released reading and math journals for third grade level.Click Here For The Reading Journals (The link for the math journals is below)











Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Close Reading "How To" Video


Close reading is an effective way to help students read carefully as well as defend their ideas.  Recently, I have started publishing free videos that feature helpful Common Core teaching strategies. Below is a close reading video.  Click the button to view it.




Friday, June 27, 2014

Free School Lunch Clip Art


I have just launched a brand new clip art store. Click the link to access free clip art for your worksheets, task cards, and classroom decorations.  Click Here

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Inference Close Reading Task Cards (Differentiated)



Students highlight, underline, or circle details that help them infer the answer directly on the task cards.  I really wanted a way to reinforce close reading and inference skills when students work independently at my literacy center station.  The fact that students identify the text clues directly on the task card and write a written response on the card too is really helpful.  Students become more aware of their own strategy use.  This gives me more information as an educator so that I can help students learn about inferences.  I can match their annotations and responses to the special answer key, wipe, and reuse the cards.  This has made teaching close reading skills and inferences much easier.Click Here To Access Them

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Different Types of Multiplication Problems



Word problems can be so much easier for students when they learn about the different ways that multiplication problems can be worded.  This chart shows the different types of multiplication problems and a visual plus verbal example of each one.  Making students aware of these differences in wording is one way to help them improve in this area.  More more information on this topic, visit my recent blog post Click Here

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