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Lisa H. re: Third Grade Common Core Writing Standards - Lessons & Prompts
I like your idea. I was just wondering how many prompts are included?
August 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
There are 4 narrative, 4 informative and 4 persuasive/opinion. You can pick 3 of each to use once a month in the Progressive Writing Journal and keep the extra one to do together or for other times. Each type of writing has its own rubric and graphic organizer.
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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How can I use books to teach my 5th graders reading strategies? Also, is it ok to read to the students? Many times they enjoy books more when I read them aloud.

Thanks,
Deborah
July 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Deborah,
I think you should absolutely read to your 5th graders! It builds listening comprehension, demonstrates fluency, and is a great way to teach the thinking that goes along with reading. At the start of a new read aloud we predict what we think the story will be about, thumb through it and discuss setting, characters and possible plot progression. Each day we return to the book we first discuss what we remember from yesterday and what else it makes us think of. I do this same thing with the books we read in guided reading. I try to include prediction, author nuance and their associations in the questions along with comprehension questions. By sometimes reading with partners or to me I can see what strategies they need help with. The question sheets work well for me since students all read at different speeds and this is an easy way to keep them focused.
Caren
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Buyer re: Comprehension Questions: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1
I am a second grade teacher and I love your Judy Moody comp. questions! Thank you so much for doing all this work!

Wow Scipi is an incredible organizer below! But as a Tpt customer I never use the cover page, too much ink! :) Thanks again!
July 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! I love Judy Moody! What other question sheets would you like to see?
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Buyer re: Fifth Grade Common Core Writing Standards - Lessons, Prompts, & Rubrics
Have you created similar documents for grades K-3? Our fourth and fifth grade teachers found these and our other teachers are envious. :)
November 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
That's what I like to hear!!!! I created them for first, second, third, fourth and fifth. The 3rd-5th grades have the rubrics on each prompt, but the first and second have the rubrics separate. They are in Microsoft Word so each can be altered to the teacher's liking. Each prompt and rubric align with the Common Core Standards. Go to my store: Caren Carlisle Schmitz
(Selfless promo- I also have great question sheets - how I use them is explained in my profile). Thanks :)
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Marissa Sacco  (TpT Seller) re: Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules Comprehension Question Sheet
Are these questions for the whole book?
October 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Yes, they are divided by month and are for the whole book. :)
October 30, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Miss DeCarbo  (TpT Seller)
Hi Caren, I'm wondering if you teach for Ashland City Schools? I believe I was one of your Ashland Field Experience students for your 2nd grade classroom in 2007-2008. :) I just found you on here and wanted to say hello. I remember hatching ladybugs with your kiddos at the time. I've taught first and second grade for the past 5 years now. I learned so much in your room and just wanted to say thank you. :) Hope you're having a great year!
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Yes! Hi! You were my best AU student! Looks like you have quite a store! 700+ followers, too! Wow!! You will do very well with this - just like teaching!!! Maybe sometime you could teach me how to do all the great graphics!!!
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Buyer re: Fourth Grade Common Core Writing Standards - Lessons & Prompts
I bought this product and downloaded it fine. However, the text is not aligned so that portions of one page are at the top of another page and some parts are out of the print range. I've opened it in Office 2002 and Office 2010 and it's the same in both. Do you have it in PDF? Or do you have any idea how the problem can be fixed?
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
So sorry to hear you had any trouble. I resubmitted it in PDF format. Try it again and let me know if that doesn't fix the problem. Thanks, Caren
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Buyer re: Fifth Grade Common Core Writing Standards - Lessons, Prompts, & Rubrics
I am really interested in your writing packet. Can I see a sample writing prompt before I spend 7.50?
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Please check the preview. There are sample writing questions, rubrics and graphic organizers in it. If this isn't enough let me know. Thanks!!
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Katrin Sundquist  (TpT Seller) re: Third Grade Common Core Writing Standards - Lessons & Prompts
Could you please post another preview page? The clip art one doesn't really give me an idea of whether this is appropriate for my students or not, but it sounds great!
July 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
I posted another preview with two prompts and a different minilesson. Let me know if this is enough of a preview. Thanks for your question! I need all the feedback I can get!! Caren
July 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Scipi  (TpT Seller) re: Comprehension Questions: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1
I saw your store on the home page of Teachers Pay Teachers; so, I thought I would look at your freebie. I left you a rating. Well done! Since you do not have many products yet, here are a few suggestions that might help you to better market your products.

Add some clipart to add color or just color some of your font. (I do, even on high schoo math items.) For some reason buyers like color on the original even though they may copy your product in black and white. Also, create a cover page for each of your products which can then be used as an attractive thumbnail to entice buyers. You might also add a second page which is a directions or suggestions page for the teacher. (How do use this? Etc.) List several ways you use this product in your classroom. Never assume that a buyer knows how, why, or when to use your product.

Use the footer to put the copyright symbol, your name and date of creation on EVERY page. Items, especially free ones, have been "stolen" from TPT and posted on other sites to be sold. You have to protect all of your creations. Also number your pages. Finally, unless you want your products revised (I do for my tests) save everything in a PDF format as it is harder to change.

It is important that we see what others are doing; so, feel free to look at any or all of my freebies listed below to gather some ideas. If you care to, a rating or any feedback you might have would be great.

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I am now your 7th follower, and if you would like, you are welcome to follow my store as well: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/SciPi/Products

The best of luck as you sell on TPT!
June 19, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much for all your wonderful help and advice! I appreciate the time you took to guide me! It is a whole new world from teaching but I find it an exciting new adventure! I plan to use as much of your advice as I am capable of (I'm a bit of a computer zero). I hope to add more products soon - I've been away too long and am itching to get more on! Thanks again for all your help! Caren
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Thank you so much! The download works now.
Thanks, Wendi Haines
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
So glad to hear it!
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I purchased 2 of your Diary of a Wimpy Kid questions sheets. I was able to download "The Ugly Truth" but am unable to download "Cabin Fever." It just keeps sending me back to the original page and says I already own it. How do I fix this?
Thanks, Wendi
May 8, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Caren Carlisle Schmitz  (TpT Seller)
Yikes! That's a first! I have had others buy this. I will go in and "edit" it and send out a revision so you can redownload it. Please let me know if this doesn't work. Thanks for letting me know!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I graduated "Education Student of the Year" from Ohio State University. I received my Masters in Reading Instruction from Ashland University. I taught first grade for 10 years and second grade for 9 years. I have used a literature approach to teaching reading for the last 19 years. Through the years I have developed question sheets for students to use to facilitate comprehension for the books they read. These can be used for independent, group or read aloud. It is a successful component to my instruction. I plan on putting on all the question/answer sheets I have developed. Check back often to see the new titles added.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Literature based...I have 3 to 4 reading groups that meet daily. I switch up the genre and book styles often to "hook" as many readers as possible. I like to introduce different series so students are encouraged to pick and read books on their own. After a year in my room students are avid readers. Along with the reading comprehension sheets posted I also do word ladders, much expository/creative writing, fluency passages and plays, word sorts, vocabulary lessons and phonics. My motto is you learn to read by reading! These comprehension sheets allow students to read and read and read!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Educator of the Year from Ohio State University in 1987. Graduated cum laude from OSU in 1987. Graduated summa cum laude from Ashland University in 1994. Led workshops/classes in whole language from 1987-1995.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

(See above)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

**Tips for using my question sheets... To get the maximum reading time for my students, I use these question sheets as a comprehensive check. I have found that over the years if I do too many other activities it actually shortens the amount of reading time they have. **This year I have 3 groups that are divided by reading/comprehension ability. I meet with each group for about 20 minutes daily. Each group is in a different book. I begin each book with an introduction: title, author, and a picture walk. By glancing through the book students predict what they think the book will be about. They look at the pictures and chapter titles and get a little preset to what they can expect. If it is a book from a series they are familiar with we discuss the characters, setting and other traits the author uses. Usually I read aloud the first few pages of the first chapter and we discuss what is happening. Then I vary how we read the book. We can read a chapter aloud together, in pairs, or silently. From there the students are expected to take the book home nightly and read at least a chapter. I never limit how much they can read. The next day we discuss their reading and students complete the question sheet. They are encouraged to go back into the book to find answers. There are times we are a few chapters behind with the question sheet, but I've found if I wait too long to work on the question sheet the kids' overall comprehension isn't as well developed. **To maximize reading development I have students rotate to three areas during reading group time. One group is with me. One group is at their seats silent reading or writing. One group is with a parent helper or "student leader". Here they do a word ladder, a fluency passage or play, read a nonfiction book I have in sets, practice spelling words on slates or do a word sort. I plan some part of that every week but realize it can't be all done in one 20 minute time block. Phonics, spelling and writing lessons are at separate times. **I use the "Lexile Level" to determine book difficulty. Although I know a few hard words can skew a book level, overall it gives me an idea of readability. Within the groups I vary the level so that students aren't always reading on the instructional level. We may do a classic (like Charlotte's Web) and then do a "dessert book" that is 200 lexiles lower (like Judy Moody). I try to introduce as many different series and and authors so students can hit on that perfect fit and want to read other books by that author. **It is really easy - too easy- and I feel guilty with how effortlessly my second graders turn into avid readers. By the end of the year many of my students are reading a book in one or two days and I have trouble keeping fresh books in their hands. So far this year each group has read at least 25 chapter books. My especially avid readers really enjoy the question sheets and prefer to read books that have a question sheet. They find it keeps them centered and thinking about what is happening with the book. I offer a wide selection of books with difficulty from a Little Bear (300 Lexile) to a Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1000+ Lexile). I have found if there is high interest they will find a way to read it! I am also an "equal opportunity offender" - I offer Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, Super Diaper Baby, and Stink books to get the reluctant reader to read. I throw in a few classics like Charlotte's Web, Little House in the Big Woods or Robinson Crusoe Jr. Classics to nudge them into finer literature. My main goal is to get them to read, read, READ! The more they read the better they get. This whole to part approach (linked to heavy emphasis on their writing) has been the reason for their reading success. By replacing skills lessons with reading strategies I've found the bit by bit reading instruction is no longer necessary. **The bonus of this approach to teaching reading is kids gain confidence in their reading ability. When my students were given the Reading Diagnostic test this year they laughed and said, "That's all we have to read?!" They were insulted! They also had the strategies to locate information and answer in complete sentences. Also, by being exposed to a wide genre of books they can independently go to the library or book fair and come back with a book they are excited about reading. **The downside to this approach...keeping up with the question sheets and buying enough books. One sign of a successful reading program is if students have a hard time returning the books they've gotten, the program is working!