Thursday, October 1, 2015

Task Cards That Are Organized By Guided Reading Levels

A year ago when I was working with my first graders, I wished that there were task cards that were organized by guided reading and Lexile levels.  There are so many books that are organized this way.  That is when I decided to create my own.  These task cards save so much planning time and make it easier to differentiate instruction.  

Main Idea Task Cards Organized By Guided Reading Levels
Main Idea Guided Reading Levels A-I
Main Idea Guided Reading Levels J-M
Main Idea Guided Reading Levels N-P
Main Idea Guided Reading Levels Q-R
Main Idea Guided Reading Levels S-U

Inference Task Cards Organized By Guided Reading Levels
Inference Guided Reading Levels A-I
Inference Guided Reading Levels J,K,L,M
Inference Guided Reading Levels N,O,P
Inference Guided Reading Levels Q and R
Inference Guided Reading Levels S,T,U
Cause and Effect Task Cards Organized By Guided Reading Levels
Cause and Effect Guided Reading Levels A,B,C,D

Inference Task Cards 


How Do Authors Create Book Illustrations?

Thank you for stopping by to see another Behind the Scenes blog post.  I am always working on multiple projects simultaneously and wanted to provide a sneak peak of the process of creating illustrations.

My eleven-year-old daughter Jaden is the artist this time.  Just like me, she loves to draw.  She is creating the mock up for a short graphic novel book about ratios that will be released soon.  

She did her overall sketches.  Then, she added specific details.

Next, I will use Adobe Illustrator to outline, scan, and color the images.  Or, I might use watercolors.

If you are interested in drawing or creating your own illustrations, I would highly recommend gouache.  They are commonly used professionally to create children's book illustrations because they produce vivid and bright colors.

I highly recommend using high quality watercolor water as well.  This is my absolute favorite ~Blick 140 lb. paper.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Nonfiction Passages Organized By Guided Reading/Lexile Levels

These passages are such a great time saver. These nonfiction passage bundles are organized by guided reading and Lexile levels.  Students can review facts at their own reading levels. Each bundle contains five passages per level.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Print and Use---- Task Card Bundle 230 Task Cards (Already Leveled for Use)

This document is such a time saver. The guided reading level/Lexile level is on every card.  Just print and use.  230 inference task cards are included for beginning, on-level, and advanced level readers in one bundle. Use the cards that you need.

It includes:
  • Fiction and nonfiction passages
  • Student recording forms for each level
  • Progress charts for each level
  • An answer key
Topics Include:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Fiction Stories
  • Magnets
  • Trees
  • Facts about Bats
  • Facts about Bees
  • Facts about Elephants
  • Facts about Seals
  • And more!
This is great for close reading, guided reading, RTI intervention, test prep and more.

Monday, August 3, 2015



HELLO EVERYONE!  THIS IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!  I'm having a sale on ALL of my resources!  This is the time when we, as educators, are thinking about how we want to set up our classroom, etc.  If you are like me, you have already started gathering material for your classroom.  If you are looking for new and fresh material to use with your students this year, then head on over to my store .  


Monday, July 13, 2015

Use Cups to Teach Measurement

Getting students to line up their rulers properly can be challenging.  Cups are a great tool to use to teach this.  Visit my blog for how-to directions.

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Literacy and Math Ideas

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April Showers Bring...Math Centers!

April showers bring...math problems! Let William show your class how to use Lift-the-Flap math problems with this adorable two-minute video!
First he'll show you how to use the manipulatives to make a chart with number combinations. 

Then he'll show you how to make your own math problem. 
You can use these in centers or small groups.

Get the set of six problems on the new Educents Marketplace!

  Please leave a comment if you enjoyed the video!
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