Monday, February 20, 2017

Retell Task Cards (Leveled)

These are the first ever task cards that are organized by guided reading levels.  They are designed to make Daily 5 guided reading instruction so much easier.

There are so many things to do as an educator.  One must meet the needs of students at multiple ability levels, teach a variety of skills, and keep track of progress. This series is such a time saver.  It makes it so much easier to review skills and provided leveled guided reading practice.  Leveled task cards, progress charts, student recording forms, answer keys and printable boxes are all included!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine Rebus Puzzles

Hearts and Valentines Rebus Puzzles
My college students love to do rebus puzzles like the one on your right. Do you know what the picture represents? The clue I will give you is that it has to do with an expression that contains the word "heart". (See the answer at the end of this post.)

Since it is close to Valentine's Day, and college students don't have class Valentine's parties, I decided to create several rebus puzzles that represent familiar expressions that contain the word "heart". (e.g. "From the Bottom of My Heart" or "Cross My Heart") Each illustration uses a picture or symbol to represent a word or phrase. The students must use logic and reasoning skills to solve the 24 rebuses. (Yes, I ended up with 24!)

If you purchase this resource, all you have to do is copy the 12 pages of illustrations (two per page) using a color copier. If you do not have access to a color copier, you can enhance the hearts by hand coloring them or have a student help you color. (My grandkids are great at coloring!)

Each class period during the month of February, I put up two heart illustrations as a focus activity. However, you could place one or more up at one time or all of them up at the same time. As my college students enter the room, they try to figure out what heart expressions the two pictures represent. Sometimes they solve them immediately; other times it takes them a while.  But no matter how long it takes, my students find that it is fun and engaging, in addition to being a very challenging Valentine's Day activity!

*The answer to the above rebus is "A heart full of love."  Did you get it?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dolch Sight Word Task Cards

These dolch sight word task cards are a great way to meet the needs of students and differentiate instruction. Even better, each set of task cards comes with a printable, easy-fold box for convenient storage.

Pictures make it easy for nonreaders and beginning readers
to practice their sight words.

Different levels are available to assist with differentiating instruction.

The visual pictures on the task cards are great for autistic students and developing readings.

Use the Task Cards For:
  • Daily 5 Instruction
  • Response to Intervention Support
  • Literacy Center Review
  • At Home Practice (Send home a printable box with a student that needs extra practice.)
Follow the link to access comprehension task cards that are organized by guided reading levels too!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nonfiction Plants Passages Bundle (70 Passages) Organized by Guided Reading and Lexile Levels

*Brand New* This bundle is the ultimate time saver.  Save hours of planning time, and make differentiated instruction even easier. The bundle contains 70 leveled nonfiction passages.  The guided reading levels and Lexile levels are written on each passage.  Use the passages that you need to teaching reading or integrate science with reading instruction.Click Here To Access Them

Free Groundhog Day Mini Book

Today, I am back with a Groundhog Day freebie.  Groundhog Day connects so well to science.  It is also a great day to connect to reading and writing skills.Click here to access this mini book.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

10 Fun Mannequin Challenges for the Classroom

This is going to be fun!  You have most likely heard of the mannequin challenge.  This is when someone or a group of people freeze in place, and someone snaps a picture.  There are some really cool challenges out there. Singers and other notable figures have gotten involved in the craze.

The mannequin challenge can also be implemented in the classroom.  Students can freeze in place to show their reaction to what they have learned.  Look at these 10 fun mannequin challenges you can use in your classroom.

What is Needed:
  • A Camera
  • Creative Poses
Students can:
1.  Show the response to a reading passage.  A finger to a temple could show questioning, a surprised look could show one understands, etc.
2.  Freeze as they work in a group to solve a math problem.
3.  Use frozen gestures to show how they feel about what they have just read.
4.  Act out a scene from Westward Expansion, early colonialism, etc.
5.  Act out the parts of speech in language arts.
6.  Freeze to show what should be done or proper behavior when working in a group.
7.  Act out what has been learned about simple machines.
8.  Act out the laws of motion in science.
9.  Act out the different weather patterns.

10.  Act out a math principle.  For example, They can act out the properties of multiplication, addition, or exponents as a group.


--Daily Reading Comprehension Practice--- These high-interest passages review the Common Core Reading Standards in just five minutes per day.  Historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, informational text,drama/plays, fantasy, and science fiction passages are all included to give your students quick, daily practice at your grade level. Common Core Standards are written right next to each short passage for easy progress monitoring. Best of all, the passages are thematic so each week, students build important reading, science, and social studies knowledge as they review each standard.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Grade 3 Freebie (10 Free Reading Passages With Progress Checklists)

I hope your school year has been fantastic so far.  I bring greetings and a freebie.  Access these 10 free passages.  It is part of my full year of daily reading practice.  An answer key and progress charts are also included. This is a quick and easy way to review reading skills and reading strategies in just a few minutes each day.  Fiction and nonfiction topics are both included.
Click Here To Access This Free Resource

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