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Over The MoonBow
Over The MoonBow  (TpT Seller) re: 1st Grade Common Core Word Problem of the Day- August
Hi,
Have you released the September word problem of the day?


Thank you,
Dee:)
July 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hey there! Thanks for your question! I haven't finished it yet, but it will be ready before August ends :) Be sure to follow my store so you are notified when it's released :)
July 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Mrs Balius
Mrs Balius  (TpT Seller)
I don't remember!.....
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Ha ha ha!!!!!
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Mrs Balius
Mrs Balius  (TpT Seller)
You were in Vegas????
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Ha! Yes….were you?!?!?!?!
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hey I heard you were in Vegas. I have some questions could you email me asap?
July 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Love you, Jen! :)
July 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Mrs Balius
Mrs Balius  (TpT Seller)
It was great meeting you today! Email me and I will send you the group pic.

Mrs Balius
Martinalut@aol.com
July 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Loved meeting you, too! Thanks so much!
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

katherine meyer
Katherine M.
Do you have the daily word problems for the months of September to December for grade 4? I see the problems for jan to June. I was wondering about the beginning of the year?
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I am working on those months and they will be ready before that month starts (i. e. September will be ready in August). Be sure to follow my store so you are notified when they are ready :)
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

CarolynDailey
Buyer
Perfect! Thanks!
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
You're welcome!
July 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

CarolynDailey
Buyer
Oops! Sorry about that! It's your Common Core Word Problem of the day bundle for 2nd Grade. I'm wondering if you have one for the beginning of the year?
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
:) I am working on the beginning of the year months right now. I have July, August, September, and October left to make. I am going to try to get them all made before August, but with other requests coming in, I will most likely have each one ready the month before it starts. So for example, August will be ready at the end of July, September will be ready at the end of August, etc. I am a little behind on July because we have been traveling and visiting family without a consistent internet connection. Be sure to follow my store so you are notified of when each one is ready! :)
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

CarolynDailey
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Hi!
Is there a bundle for the beginning of the year?
Thanks!
:-)
June 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I'm on my phone and can't tell if your question is attached to a specific product. Which product are you referring to?
July 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

J Stevens
J S. re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle: 5th Grade
Will you be creating a INB for sixth grade?
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I have plans to create one for 6th grade, but it will be a little bit of time before I am able to create it. Thanks for asking! :)
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

J Stevens
J S. re: 5th Grade Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work- July, Aug., & Sept. Bundle
Will you be creating a daily math review for sixth grade?
June 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thanks so much for your question. I am not currently planning on creating these for 6th grade because they are very time consuming, and I have a lot of Close Read packs that integrate science and social studies on my to-do list. I would have to get through these packs first before I could start on a 6th grade daily review.
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Lily5943
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I'm going to be new to 4th grade this year. Should I buy your May 3rd grade morning work/review to start off the year so it'll be easy for them in August? Or does your 4th grade morning work start off with reviewing 3rd grade stuff?
Thanks, Susan
June 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question! My 4th grade August edition begins with a review of some 3rd grade standards and easier 4th grade standards, so it is intended for the beginning of the year 4th grade students. If you have average students, I would say buy the 4th grade August. If you know you are going to have kiddos who are extremely below grade level, then you may want to start with the 3rd grade May or June, since both of those include an introduction to 4th grade standards along with the 3rd grade standards review. There are more 4th grade standards in the 4th grade August and more 3rd grade standards in the 3rd grade May/June. I hope that helps! :)
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Amy Cray
Amy C. re: End of the Year Awards- Historical Figure Character Traits
Hi there, am looking at purchasing both your animal certificates and your character trait ones. Just wanted to check what they say on them is different between the sets so that I have more options of what to award them for. Thanks
June 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hey there! They are pretty much the same except the historical figures set has 8 additional character traits included. Honestly, I would not buy both of them. I created the two sets because I wanted one targeting lower grades (animals) and one to target older grades (historical figures). Hope that helps!
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Karlene Moss
Karlene M. re: End of the Year Awards- Animal Character Traits
These look great but I can't get them. Don't have PPTX. Wish it was in a PDF or some format I could use.
June 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I am sorry :( The file is a powerpoint file because I included editable text boxes. If I made it a PDF, then either the text boxes won't be editable or I couldn't include editable text boxes at all. At one point the school system I worked in got rid of Microsoft Office and started using Open Office instead because it was free. You might try looking at that free software to see if is something you can use? It is similar enough to powerpoint that it could be used. The file is actually just inserted jpegs of the certificates with editable text boxes overlaying them.
Are there other programs you have installed on your computer in lieu of Microsoft?
I don't know if you would want to purchase the product, and then I can email you a link to the PDF file without the text boxes so you can print out and handwrite in the names. The only downside would be if I ever updated the file, I would also need to send you the link to the updated file since the file on TpT would be the powerpoint. Hopefully all that made sense! :) I will also be checking to see if there are other options, too.

**Do you have a Mac with Keynote? Keynote is very comparable to Powerpoint.
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Alicia Campos Rivera
Alicia C. re: 5th Grade Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work- July
Hello, I purchased this product to use as summer review/reteaching with my nephew. It looks great. However, I have found two errors in the answer key just in the first two pages. First page, polygon attributes venn diagram, second page equivalent fractions model and equations. Can you please thoroughly check the answer key and make any corrections necessary? I will usually be the one checking and reteaching my nephew, but on the days when I do not check his work, the person who may be checking my nephew's answers may not realize that your answer key is incorrect. Thanks for your prompt attention.
June 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I am so sorry! Thanks so much for letting me know. I have a few people who proof my products, but unfortunately errors still slip by sometimes. I will look over the file tonight and will upload the corrected file tomorrow. You will receive a notification in your "My TpT" section that lets you know I uploaded the new file so you can download it. Again, my apologies!
June 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

thomer
Buyer
Has the Logo issue been resolved? I am considering purchasing the certificates and want to know if i need to manually remove the logo, before printing?
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I have not received a response from the buyer. I don't know what logo she/he is referring to. Others have printed out the certificates without any issue and I printed out the certificates without any logos appearing. The file is a PowerPoint and each certificate is inserted as a picture. The only items on each slide are the picture and the editable text boxes for typing names if desired, so I don't know how any logos are appearing when they are printed. There aren't any hidden elements on the slides. The only thing you would need to delete would be the text boxes if you wanted to handwrite the names.
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

suellen henry
suellen henry  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Your character trait package has some of the traits listed on your page but could you send me your comprehensive list of all the traits covered? Thanks.
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I am out today but will be home tonight. Are you wanting the list for the animals pack or historical figures?
**Here are the character traits for the animal character trait awards:
Confident
Courageous
Loyal
Calm
Hardworking
Curious
Compassionate
Daring
Intelligence
Courteous
Resilience
Tenacious
Peaceful
Commitment
Perseverance
Innovative
Contentment
Witty
Friendly
Honest
Cheerful
Adventurous
Empathetic
Clever
Fairness
Athletic
Persuasive
Ambitious
Fun Loving
Kind
Enthusiastic
Environmentalist
Helpful
Patience
Determined
Creative
Selfless
Independent
Imaginative
Leaderly
Cooperative
Protective

Here are the traits for the historical figure awards:
Confident
Courageous
Dedication
Calm
Logical
Hardworking
Curious
Compassionate
Daring
Intelligent
Courteous
Resilience
Witty
Bold
Tenacious
Peaceful
Loyal
Perseverance
Innovative
Charismatic
Eloquent
Contentment
Dynamic
Meticulous
Honest
Cheerful
Adventurous
Empathetic
Clever
Fairness
Athletic
Persuasive
Ambitious
Fun Loving
Kind
Enthusiastic
Optimist
Environmentalist
Helpful
Patience
Determined
Creative
Selfless
Independent
Imaginative
Freethinking
Leaderly
Cooperative
Generous



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Rana Fino
Rana F.
Hi, I was looking to see if you had the 4th Grade Math Word Problem of the Day for the following months: August-November. I would love to order them for next year! thanks so much!
June 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question! I don't have them yet, but I will be working on them this summer :) Be sure to follow my store so you will receive a notification of when I upload them. My goal is to have the year set completed by the end of July :)
June 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Valerie Steinhardt
Valerie Steinhardt  (TpT Seller) re: Close Reads Pack: American Revolutionary War Heroes- 3rd Grade SAMPLER
Can you please tell me more about the close reading process? I am a 1st grade teacher moving into 3rd and I am unfamiliar with how to do close read in the upper grades. I like this product I am trying to figure out how to use it. Thanks!
June 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Feel free to email me at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com and I can help you out :) I have been writing some blog posts about Close Reads, and I just began a book study yesterday on my blog about Close Reads :) Here is the link that will give you all the blog posts I have written on Close Reads: http://www.2brainyapples.com/search/label/Close%20Reads
This will be a great place to start. If you have specific questions, then please feel free to shoot me an email! :)
June 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jamie Sears
Jamie Sears  (TpT Seller) re: Close Reads Pack: American Revolutionary War Heroes- 4th Grade SAMPLER
When I download this- it seems to be a preview of the complete product and does not include the Abigail Adams Sampler.
May 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for letting me know. I'll take a look when I get home this evening.

**I am in the process of uploading the sampler. Sorry about that! If you check later this evening, the sampler should be uploaded.**
May 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Davidah
Buyer re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle: 2nd Grade
Hello Heather,

Thanky you for getting back to me. I got 2 files when I downloaded the Interactive Notebook for Close Reads bundle - an informational text folder and an editable formsfolder. Should I have a third Literature folder or is the literature folder included in the informational text folder? If this 3rd folder is included in one of the folders I already bought, where would I find it?
Thank for helping me on this new journey I'm starting.

Pamela
A 2nd Grade Teacher
May 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
There should be a literature folder. Let me check when I get home and I will add to this response.

There should be one zip folder titled "Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle 2nd Grade" when you download the product. When you double-click or unzip the file, there should be 2 more zipped files that appear. One is titled "2nd Grade Interactive Close Read Notebook for Literature" and the other is "2nd Grade Interactive Close Read Notebook for Informational Text". When you unzip both of those, you should get 2 files each inside both of those: one is an editable powerpoint file and a PDF file. So once you have unzipped everything, there should be 4 different files: 2 editable powerpoints and 2 PDFs, one set for informational and one set for literature. I am downloading the file I uploaded to TpT right now, but it's such a large file it will take some time. I am checking to make sure it is this large file. Do you mind double checking what you downloaded and unzipped to see if there is an additional folder you have not unzipped yet? Unfortunately the combined files are super large, so I have to compress them a couple of times in order to get the file size below the maximum TpT allows. Let me know what you see in your downloaded files.

**I opened up the file I have on TpT, and I have 2 zipped folders like I described above. Do you see 2 now?**
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Reita  Bowman
Reita B.
Do you have word problems for August - November for 3rd grade?

Thanks!!
Reita
May 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thanks for your question! I don't have them yet, but I will be adding them this summer :)
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Corrine Genovese
Corrine G. re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads: Beginner's Kit
This will not open for me. It says it is an unsupported file type. Any suggestions?
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I haven't had anyone else with that problem. I'm on my phone so I can't paste the link for tech help. I will post it when I get to my computer in a little bit.

Visit https://support.teacherspayteachers.com/ to see if there are any tips. It is a PDF, so I would check to make sure you have the latest version of Adobe installed on your computer. Sometimes restarting ur computer also seems to solve issues with downloading files.
May 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

kcubillo
Buyer
Would it be possible to switch this product for a different month. I really thought it was a review of 1st grade skills, but after downloading it, it has mostly 2nd grade items. I wanted it to review the 1st grade skills that were going to be on our end of the year test. I downloaded the free sample and I really liked it b/c it reviewed previously taught skills, which is perfect. So would I be able to switch the May product for April or even March?
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2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Can you send me an email at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com? Thanks!
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Rana Fino
Rana F.
Hi I was wondering if you were going to have a May Word Problem of the Day for 4th grade. Thanks!
May 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! It will be ready this weekend :)
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VANESSA MCNEFF
VANESSA M.
Can you tell me when the May Daily Math Journal for 5th grade will be available? Also, I have been using these for a few months now and absolutely love them! I have not found anything that compares to your journals! I found a few errors in the April one and was wondering if I could message you with them. Then when you get a chance can I get the updated version of it? Thank you!
April 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question! It will be ready in a couple of days. A few sick children and then beautiful days have put me a little behind schedule! If you want to email me the errors at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com I will make the corrections and upload the edited file. Sorry about that! I have proofers, but we are human and a few errors always seem to slip by!
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LeAnn Andrews
LeAnn Andrews  (TpT Seller)
At some point in time I downloaded your 4th Grade Daily ELA/Grammar review sampler for January. I have recently taken time to look closer at it and tried to find other on TpayT but can't even find this sampler anymore. I really like the way that you have each CCS labeled for each question. Is this all you have or do you have more?
April 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thanks so much for your question :) There were ELA reviews posted in my store created by another person. However, that person has since stopped selling on TpT. I do have plans to create a similar review this summer and the layout will be much like the layout of my daily math reviews and word problems of the day. But, again, I won't have them ready until this summer and I will begin with creating the month of July. Be sure to follow my store so you are notified of when they are ready! :)
April 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Fifth Grade Firecrackers
Fifth Grade Firecrackers   (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle: 5th Grade
Does this resource include a text selection for each lesson?
April 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question! I do not include the actual text because of copyright laws. I do provide the title of the book and all pertinent information so you can obtain the book if you choose to use the example lessons. The example lessons include the specific page numbers of the text I have used for the example lesson. Many people have not used the example lessons, though. They read through the example lessons to understand how to use the interactive organizer, and then they choose their own texts to use with the interactive organizers. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask! :)
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Victoria Hinojosa
Victoria H.
Hi,

I am moving from 5th to 4th grade next year. I am currently using the ELA interactive notebook for 5th grade and was wondering was wondering if the 4th grade is fairly similar or if it is different enough to buy the 4th grade packet.
April 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thanks for your question! I created each version based on the specific grade level standards, so there are some 4th grade standards that aren't in 5th, so they aren't in the 5th version. Likewise there are some 5th that aren't in 4th, so you will have extra. You wouldn't be able to use the 5th grade version and cover all the 4th grade standards, but I don't think there would be too many left out. Send me an email at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com :)
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nfoiles
Buyer re: 3rd Grade Common Core Word Problem of the Day- April
Will this product be available to purchase in a bundle?
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question :) When I finish May & June I will make a Jan-June bundle. I will also make a July-Dec and a year-long bundle.
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Scholar Ship Harbor
Scholar Ship Harbor  (TpT Seller)
On your 3rd grade close read bundle, do you give a list of the books/stories you used? I would prefer to make sure I have all those ready before I even start.
Thank you,
Jenny
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2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Here are the books that I used for the sample lessons for the Informational INB:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Susan Bursell
Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman
Volcanoes by Lily Wood (Scholastic)
Abe's Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport
Solar System by Gregory Vogt (Scholastic)
Magic Treehouse: Titanic by Will & Mary Pope Osborne
Planet Earth: Wild Amazon by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon (Scholastic)
Famour Figures of the Civil War Era: Frederick Douglass by Norma Jean Lutz

Literature INB:
Dragons by Lucille Recht Penner
Tales from the Odyssey: Part One by Mary Pope Osborne
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Jack Gets a Clue: The Case of the Green Guinea Pig by Nancy Krulik (Scholastic)
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary (Scholastic)
A Crack in the Clouds and Other Poems by Constance Levy
Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children by Joseph Bruchac
The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer
Pinduli by Janell Cannon
Thea Stilton and the Spanish Dance Mission by Thea Stilton (Scholastic)
Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt by Thea Stilton (Scholastic)

***Keep in mind that you don't have to use the sample lessons I included in this resource. I decided to include sample lessons to show how you would use the Interactive Organizers I created. You can use the organizers with any text you select. If you have any more questions, just ask! :)
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Michele Ryan
Michele R.
I love your American Revolution pack and am wondering if you plan on adding any other historical figures? Maybe a "Part 2"? We are watching the Liberty's Kids series from PBS and would love to have more of the characters/important historical people. I would buy it in a second if you would create it!! :) Thanks!
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2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for asking! I am going to be creating many more packs soon. I am already planning the following packs: human rights leaders, women's history, leaders of the 20th century, inventors, new world explorers, and native americans. I will be adding more than these, these are just the ones currently on my list. However, I am always open to suggestions, so feel free to suggest! :)
March 31, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Megan Curtis
Megan Curtis  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I was wondering if your third grade Word Problem of the Day for April was completed or would be by tomorrow? I have loved using them in my class and am hoping to continue to do so!
March 31, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thanks so much for your question! I am working like crazy today trying to get it ready! :) Be sure to follow my store so you are notified of when it is ready, but my goal is this evening :)
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LovetoTeach
LovetoTeach  (TpT Seller)
I looked at the Heroes of American Revolution packs that you have. Is the only difference between them the Lexile level? Its difficult to compare using the samples. The questions appear to be the same for the 4th and 5th grade packs.

Thank you.
March 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
The main difference is the Lexile level of the packs. Also, the questions will be slightly different depending on the CCSS for each grade. There is greater difference between the 3rd and 4th grade questions than the 4th and 5th grade questions due to the CCSS for those grade levels. For example, the 4th grade pack will have inference questions, but the 3rd grade pack will not. I tried to make the questions as similar as possible, though, so if someone had different reading levels in their classroom they could use the different packs at the same time with the students. The 5th grade pack is made specifically for 5th grade, the 4th grade pack is specifically made for 4th grade, and the same for the 3rd grade pack. So if you teach 5th grade, you would want to purchase the 5th grade pack. The only reason why you would want to purchase the 4th or 3rd grade pack if you teach 5th grade is if you have students who could not read on grade level, and you needed easier passages.

I am in the process of uploading a bundle of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade packs, and the preview will have all 3 lessons on Abigail Adams so you can compare side by side the differences and similarities. But just to reiterate, the passages in all 3 packs are different in the Lexile level, and the questions could be slightly different depending on the CCSS. Since all 3 grade levels have a main idea and key details standard, those questions will be very similar, if not the same, for all 3 grade levels.

I hope that clarifies a bit. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask! I would advise purchasing the pack made for the grade level you are teaching, unless your students struggle with reading on that level :)
March 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Kim O'Keefe
Kim O.
Will there be a 5th grade math Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work Packet for April and May? I looked today but did not see one for April yet.
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Yes! April is getting proofed right now. It will be ready this weekend. I had hoped to have it finished by now, but this week threw me some curveballs :)
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Heather Cashwell
Heather C. re: 4th Grade Common Core Word Problem of the Day- March
Will you have an April Word Problem of the Day?
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Yes! I will be working on it this week and it will be ready this weekend :)
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jodi Holland
Jodi Holland  (TpT Seller)
In your March common core daily word problem of the day. I have a question about the Tuesday word problem in week 1. It involves the Lorax, I don't understand your solution and where you came up with 6. Could you please help me understand it better? You can email me if you would prefer: jdholland@stillwaterschools.com

Thanks!
March 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I just sent you an email :)
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Melissa Moore
Melissa M.
Hello~ are you planning on making an April word problem of the day for 3rd grade? They are wonderful!!
March 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much! Yes, I am! :) It should be ready towards the end of next week or by next weekend in time for April :) Be sure to follow my store so you will be notified of when it is uploaded!
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VANESSA MCNEFF
VANESSA M.
Can you tell me when the April and May daily Math Starters will be available?
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
The 1st-4th grade Daily Math Reviews are already available. The 5th grade April edition will be the beginning of next week, and the May edition will be ready mid-April.

I will have the 1st-5th grade Word Problem of the Days finished towards next weekend.

Thanks so much for your question! :) Be sure to follow my store so you will be notified of when I post them.
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Teaching Metamorphosis
Teaching Metamorphosis  (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads: Beginner's Kit
What is the difference between your beginner's kit and your literature and informational text close reads notebooks?
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Great question! My Beginner's Kit is more generic than the literature/informational notebooks. The Beginner's Kit isn't tied to a specific grade level. Instead I used the Common Core Anchor Standards which are more broad. I created this notebook for those who weren't quite sure they wanted to use interactive notebooks or who were not familiar with close reads to dip their toes in the water :) The interactive organizers are fairly basic, too. They are just rectangular, square, or circular organizers.

The literature and informational notebooks are created specifically for a grade level, so the 3rd grade notebooks are correlated to 3rd grade's CCSS for either literature or informational texts. They also include detailed, sample lessons using a specific that can be used with each interactive organizer included. The lessons are included to show you how to use the interactive organizer and how you could teach that specific standard. You can then use any book you choose. Then, when needed, I have also included an editable interactive organizer so you can customize it for a specific book. The interactive organizers are also a little more complex because I have used actual clip art instead of just boxes or circles.

If you are trying to decide between the two, it would depend on your comfort level with interactive notebooks and close reads. If you have used interactive notebooks in the past, then I would suggest the literature/informational notebooks. If you have a little experience with close reads, then I would suggest the literature/informational notebooks. If you have not used interactive notebooks at all, nor have you any experience with close reads, the Beginner's Kit may be less overwhelming, unless you are the kind of person who likes to jump in with both feet. Then I would suggest the literature/informational notebooks :)

The literature notebook is tied to the literature strand, and the informational notebook is tied to the informational text strand.

I hope that helped clarify things a bit. If you have any more questions, please ask away! :)
March 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

dsrtroses
Buyer re: 1st Grade Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work: Jan.-Dec. 12 Month Bundle
I must be doing something wrong when printing these. The frames print out smaller and to the left top of the page from the rest of the print. Any hints for how to fix this problem? It happened with the March pack.
March 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for asking. When you open the file with Adobe, is the full page there or is it cut off some? If it is cut off some or not you are not seeing the full page, you will nee to update to the latest version of Adobe.

If the file looks correct when viewing it in Adobe and it is just printing cut off, my guess would be to check the margins on your printer. This link should help you adjust your printing preferences so that it isn't cut off anymore:
https://support.teacherspayteachers.com/What-if-my-file-isnt-printing-correctly-c15-a97.html
Let me know if that helps and the issue is resolved.
March 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Robin James
Robin James  (TpT Seller)
Are you putting together a close reads bundle for 7th grade?
March 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I have it on my to-do list, but it will probably be summer before I can get it finished.
March 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

ssschmick
Buyer re: 5th Grade Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work- July-Dec. 6 Month Bundle
Do you have a Gr. 5 Daily Math Review Bundle that includes January-June?
March 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question! I do not have that bundle available yet because I still have to complete April, May, and June. It will be available when those months are completed :)
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sburrows
Buyer re: 1st Grade Common Core Daily Math Review/Morning Work: Jan.-Dec. 12 Month Bundle
Wow, these cc math daily reviews are awesome and a great way to keep standard proficiency fresh in the students mind. Thank you! I appreciate all your hard work. However I was wondering if you have have something similar for the ELA standards in a yearly bundle.
Shirley Burrows
First and Second Grade
Fossil Elementary, Fossil, OR
sburrows@fossil.k12.or.us
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Thank you so much for your question! Right now I don't have an ELA version. However, this is something that I am going to start working on this summer, but it will take me some time to complete the year bundle of them because each review takes several hours to complete.
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Cindy Kinne
Cindy K.
Hi 2 Brainy Apples!

I see that you have a year bundle for CCSS 4th grade math review. Do you offer this for 5th grade as well?

Cindy
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question! I don't have the year ready yet for 5th grade. I still have to finish April, May, and June. Right now I have a bundle for July-December and Jan-March. When I get those months completed I will offer the year bundle though! :)
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

LauraMiller
LauraMiller  (TpT Seller) re: Close Reads Pack: American Revolutionary War Heroes- 5th Grade
The Revolutionary War is part of the fourth grade curriculum in Tennessee, but you have these listed as fifth grade close reads. Would these reads be too hard for my class? I know I can use them for my top kids, but I'd like to use them with all my reading groups.
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for your question! The reading levels of the 5th grade pack range from 870L-1060L, so they are in the 5th grade range of Lexile reading levels. They would probably be too difficult for 4th grade students who are struggling to read on grade level. The sampler pack includes the passage about Abigail Adams. The reading level of this one is 1000L so it is about in the middle of the range I included. You can find the sampler pack at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Close-Reads-Pack-American-Revolutionary-War-Heroes-5th-Grade-SAMPLER-1151180 to see how that passage might fit your students' reading levels.

I am in the process of creating the 4th grade pack right now. It will probably be a few days before I finish it, though. But it is coming very soon! :)
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Heather Scott
Heather S. re: Interactive Notebook for Close Reads Bundle: 4th Grade FREEBIE SAMPLER
How do you use the question cards provided? I apologize if I missed that in the directions.
March 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I included the question cards so you could use them in whatever way you would like. You can have students clue the cards into their notebooks instead of them writing the question. They are questions that pertain to the specific lesson as well as stems that you can fill in with your own questions that pertain to whatever text you are using. In the full file there is an editable version of the stems so you can type them up. Hope that helps!
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Anna  Finnegan
Anna F.
Hi - sorry my computer at school has been acting up will send you my email so I can get second grade March :)
February 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

BrandyFrakes
Buyer
Hi,
Are the math daily reviews for 5th grade going to be available? We can only find through February. We love them and want to keep using them!
Thanks so much,
Brandy
February 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
Hi! March is ready right now, and I will have April, May, & June ready before that month begins (April will be ready in March, May will be ready in April, & June will be ready in May). Be sure to follow my store so you are notified of when they are ready :)
February 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Anna  Finnegan
Anna F.
I am hoping you can review March - I have all ready made the copies but would like the correct set
February 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
2 Brainy Apples
2 Brainy Apples  (TpT Seller)
I will have March ready tomorrow.
**Can you email me at hleblanc@2brainyapples.com or can you leave your email address here? I will email you the corrected March file because it will take me a few days to edit the bundle and reupload it, and I want to get you March today.**
February 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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