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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Teaching Comprehension Strategies with favorite April Literature!

Teaching comprehension can be so much fun using favorite literature pieces that fit with the month.

April features ecology (Earth Day) and one of my favorite's is 10 Things I can do to help my World...by Melanie Walsh
Strategies are Author's Purpose, KWL, and Background Knowledge.
Look at the colorful skill cards for posting AND there are teacher directions in the packet.

Next and Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano.
It's focus is Main Idea, Cause and Effect, Sequencing.

This book is SOOOOOO cute...Garden Wigglers...all about WORMS!
It focuses on Summarizing, Inferences, and making Predictions.

 
You'll want to start April with Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown.
The focus here is Friend or Bully.
Students will compare and contrast, define, and make a decision about what the action is.


The packet ends with a connections page that fits with ANY piece of literature.




The Night Before St. Patrick's Day!

The perfect book companion for this delightful story.
Perfect for making Text to Self connections.

Wang has created a story for "the Night Before" for just about every holiday.

I adore this delightful leprechaun and he would look perfect topping of this writing page.

Word work includes vocabulary for posting, a word search, a vocabulary match, and syllables.

Story companions include sequencing events, story elements, story recall (text to self), and How to Catch a Leprechaun.

There is a color and labels, list things that are green and writing about a leprechaun.

The packet ends with three math games.
Subtraction to 10, Addition to 12, and odd and even.

Monday, February 27, 2017

April Writing with Page Toppers

Spring is a time for bunnies and chicks!
This is a delightful packet for encouraging writing with your students with adorable toppers to showcase their writing.

 
I smile each time I see them.
They just look like Spring.

The packet contains informational text on chicks and bunnies as well as pages for gathering ideas and putting thoughts together for their final write.


Enjoy this GIVEAWAY!

Who doesn't love Target?
Simple entry.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

April Poetry...read, write, sequence and more!

I love using poetry with my class!
It is another way to support reading and vocabulary.
The packet contains four poems with topics that fit the month.

There is a master poem for posting, a worksheet for students, a bookmark, sequencing with text and paragraph writing.




**Notice the "cootie catcher" for comprehension and a list of all poems to send home for parents.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

April Calendar...Weather and daily math review.

April Showers bring May Flowers!

Pages are ready to be put in to a Journal for daily use.
There is a calendar for recording day and special dates, a weather chart, and even a daily temperature chart.

These activities are followed by the journal page.
Learning to write the date different ways, making comparisons, and then a daily math skill review.

This packet also has vocabulary and numbers.
They are ideal for posting.  



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

April Word Searches...Print and Go!

Your class will love the word searches.
They are terrific for building vocabulary and building competency with reading text.

If you like these you will enjoy the bundle. One for each month.

Monday, February 20, 2017

April...Print, Fold, Read!


These are my FAVORITES...
Quick, easy, meaningful!
No cutting, no collating...Just print and fold.
12 booklets
Students can highlight key text and vocabulary.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

If You Give a Mouse A Brownie

YES...a brand new Laura Numeroff story!
So much fun as a literary companion.

I think your class will love the activities I have prepared to accompany this story.
A cute craft and page topper.

The vocabulary cards are colorful and can be used for sequencing or posting.
Word work includes:  syllables, parts of speech, ABC order, word search


And how about a BROWNIE day?
Give each child a brownie.
Bring in toppings (ice cream, whip cream, sprinkles, chocolate, and cherries)
What will your kiddos top their brownie with and then they write about it.
There is also a data collection sheet for which topping they like best.

For writing practice there are "how to" activities.

Comprehension includes...sequencing, summarizing, cause and effect, favorite part.

There are even two math games for partner practice focusing on addition and subtraction to 12.

Finally more writing for If You Give A Mouse a Brownie.
(Final differentiated writing pages not shown here.)




Friday, February 17, 2017

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin was a famous American.
He is known for his writing, inventions, and leadership.
This packets allows students the opportunity to read, write and learn more about this special American Hero.
Perfect for research practice.
Before beginning the mini lessons I suggest you read this Now and Ben by Gene Barretta.
What an amazing story about Ben Franklin!
There are three acuities to accompany this story or that can be used without it.


Lot's of opportunity for reading informational text in 3 different forms.
After reading students can complete the True/False page and highlight the facts in their text.

Creating a timeline helps student's understand the progression of his life.
Opportunities for exploring one of his sayings and creating an invention are included.

Differentiated graphic organizers provide opportunity for gathering facts.

There is lots of word work and vocabulary study.


Differentiated pages for writing are also included along with covers to create class books.