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Lindsey Shanton
Lindsey S.
Hello Jen, I love the guided reading plans and activities you have made. I have two questions regarding how you teach guided reading that I would like more clarification on: 1.) how do you feel about students reading in small groups during independent time as oppose to by themselves? 2.) where do you fit in vocabulary practice into your day/guided reading schedule?
I would love to hear back from you with any advice and input. I am starting a new approach to teaching reading this year, with more guided reading emphasis.
Thanks!
-Lindsey
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Stefanie Foster
Stefanie F. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 2: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Hello! Im very interested in this product. But I am wondering if this will fit my schedule. I will be teaching second grade departmentalized, ELAR. I will have 3, 90 minute periods. I will be teaching in a readers/writers workshop format: mini lesson, small group. I will have time for 3 mini lessons, read aloud, phonics, and writing, 10-15 each. The rest of the time I will be doing small groups while the kids do centers. Do you think I could implement this in that format? How do you do make this fit your schedule? Thank you!
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking! I do think it will work perfectly. The only day you have little longer lesson on is Monday, when you teach the spelling mini lesson and the class chooses words that fit the skill(s) being taught. The rest of the week only really requires 5-10 minutes of whole group instruction/review. The rest of the time, students can complete their work in small groups, centers, with partners, or independently. So, it can easily blend into a workshop, center format. You could have a spelling center for the week, where they work on the skills they learned Monday and practice their spelling words/patterns.

It could be perfect! I hope that helps answer your question!
Best wishes,
Jen
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Ursula Chandler
Ursula C. re: Launching the Reader's & Writer's Workshops: Grade 4...40 Lessons!!!
Jen
I didn't realize your had other units that you bundle until after I purchased the first one. Is there anyway I could get a credit so I don't have two of the same unit? I would like them all!
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking. The site does not allow me to credit you. But, what I can do is offer you the supplemental resource for the unit, Launching the Reading and Writing Workshop. Here is the link to that product:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Supplemental-Printables-for-the-unitLaunching-the-Reading-Writing-Workshops-698263

If you purchase the units of study bundle, it will still be like getting one unit for free. And then I will throw that supplemental resource in. Just send me another message with your email address after you purchased the bundle and I will email you the supplemental resource for free.

I hope that makes sense!

Best wishes,
Jen
July 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

lcaron
Buyer
Hi Jen, Do you have an email i can send a question to? I have a question about 3rd/5th grade "Units of study bundle" and I would rather not post a long email on a Q&A board...

thanks!
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Sure! My email is jenbengel5@gmail.com
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

The Whimsical Teacher
The Whimsical Teacher  (TpT Seller)
Your preview for your "Units of Study Bundle: Grade 5 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}" shows 3rd grade material on the first page. Just wanted to let you know!
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for letting me know! I fixed it :)

Best wishes,
Jen
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Samantha Bradshaw
Samantha Bradshaw  (TpT Seller) re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 2 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
Hi Jen, I own many of your products, including the 4th grade version this product. As it turns out, I was the least senior teacher in my grade level and had to be bumped into a different position in 2nd grade! Is it possible to get this product at a reduced rate or even just pages with the CCSS correlations on them. I know I could handle figuring it out but switching schools and grades is a challenge in itself! Let me know. My email is sammibradd@gmail.com

Thank you!
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Sent you and email :)
July 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sami Savage
Sami S.
Thank you so much for answering my question! Now I am even more excited for this year!
July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sami Savage
Sami S.
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July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sami Savage
Sami S. re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 3 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
First of all, love your product! It will help me intergrate reading and writing! Just a quick question, in your reading units do they cover all the reading comprehension stratgies as well as all the other common core standards? Thank you so much for all your hard work.
July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thanks for asking me about this! The units cover all the reading strategies related to the 12 strategic actions found in Fountas and Pinnell's book, "The Continuum of Literacy Learning." Those 12 strategic actions are:

1. solving words
2. monitoring and correcting
3. searching for and using information
4. summarizing
5. maintaining fluency
6. adjusting
7. predicting
8. making connections
9. synthesizing
10. inferring
11. analyzing
12. critiquing

I believe the units are comprehensive enough to be everything you need to instruct on all levels of literacy needed.

I hope that helps answer your question.

Best wishes!
Jen
July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

juzfynesyb
Buyer re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 4 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
Hello Jen! Will your store be offering any sales in the near future? There are several things that I'm looking to purchase.
July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello!

There will be a site-wide back to school sale in August. I am not sure of the dates yet, as TpT only lets us know just a few days before. My store will be 20% off those two days.

Sorry I can't tell you exactly when! Thank you for asking.

Best wishes,
Jen
July 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

J Morando
J Morando  (TpT Seller)
Does your "Units of Study for Grade 2" Bundle ($72) include "Interactive Writing Notebook: Exploring Opinions {Grades 2-6}" ($15) ?
July 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

No, the units of study bundle includes the 10 genre specific units I have available in my store. The writer's notebook is separate. Thank you for asking.
Best wishes!
Jen
July 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Loves Third Grade
Loves Third Grade  (TpT Seller)
I purchased the Grade 3 Units of Study Bundle. The Poetry and Figurative Language section that was part of my bundle says Grade 2 not Grade 3. I just wanted to check and make sure that was what it was supposed to be. I LOVE this resource and can't wait to use it in the upcoming school year!!
July 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I just checked it and all the lessons and standards are correct. Sorry about that mistake but everything is good to go. Thanks so much for asking!

Best wishes!
Jen
July 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Angelique Downes
Angelique D. re: Launching the Reader's & Writer's Workshops: Grade 3...40 Lessons!!!
Hi Jen,

I really love your work and am planning to order a few more Units of Study to use next year! I already have the Launching RW/WW for 5th grade, but am now teaching 3rd grade. Aside from the CC standards that are listed is there any difference between the 3rd and 5th grade version of these resources? Are the IRA suggestions the same? I don't want to repurchase the same resource.

Thanks,
Angel
July 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I'm so glad you asked. Yes, the lessons are the same. The only difference in the units are the grade-level standards attached. I make the units separate a while back because teachers were wanting them for individual grade levels. So, you can definitely use the 5th grade unit for 3rd.

I hope that helps!
Best wishes,
Jen
July 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Alexis Malinowski
Alexis M. re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 5 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
I have been using this and loving it! Thank you so much. I haven't really used the notebook tabs yet, but would like to set them up with my students as we begin Semester Two here in Australia. I am just wondering, in which part of the notebook do they do their drafting? In Gathering Seeds? And do you use a table of contents? Silly questions...but I am just curious! Thanks again! Alexis
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I have students do their drafts on looseleaf paper. It's just always been easier because they can easily add pages and move things around during their revising and editing. I use the notebook for gathering seeds (ideas during prewriting) and keeping a record of the mini lessons. You certainly could make your own draft section though too if you prefer.

I do not use a table of contents. Those are not silly questions!!

I hope I helped! Best wishes,
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jessica Cabral
Jessica C. re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 4 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
If I purchase the Unit of Study Bundle, do I still need to buy the Supplemental Resource Bundle? Or is that included?
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello, the 10 months of lessons in the unit of study bundle is separate from the supplemental bundle. You do not have to use the supplemental bundle to teach the lessons. But if you like printable graphic organizers and want the grading rubrics for the writing lessons, they can be purchased in the supplemental bundle. Thanks for asking!
Best wishes,
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Bright Ideas for Teaching
Bright Ideas for Teaching  (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Spelling Grade 3: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Hi Jen,
I was just wondering, what kinds of activities do you have the students do for spelling homework? Is it an extension of the activities they do in class?
Thanks,
Becky
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I usually don't have my students doing spelling homework. If they need extra practice on a skill that week, I reteach the weekly minilesson or have them complete more than one of the optional activities. If they needed more practice with the spelling patterns you could have them practice their words with an adult for 10 minutes or so at night. I hope that helps!

Best wishes:)
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Deborah Guida
Deborah Guida  (TpT Seller) re: Launching the Reader's & Writer's Workshops: Grade 3...40 Lessons!!!
Hello our district is going to purchase Lucy Caulkins but we were told it can be used as a guideline or supplement..I cannot at this time purchase your entire packet but would like to buy the first month if I like it I plan to buy the rest in September when I can afford it:) would the first unit be the same in the larger packet as with the "first month" packet? Thanks so much:) Have a great summer!
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello Deborah,

Yes, the launching the workshops unit is the same if purchased separately or in the bundle. There will be a big back to school site-wide sale coming soon. I'm not sure of the dates yet, but I'm assuming it will be sometime in August. During those few days, you could save a lot by purchasing the bundle at 30% off!!

Best wishes to you!
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

GIG1
Buyer re: Launching the Reading and Writing Workshops: Grade 3 BUNDLE
My schools love your products and have purchased many of them to use in our readers and writers workshops. We so appreciate you letting us know that the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lessons are the same except for the standards. Will you be producing alternate lessons for schools that would like to use your materials across different grades?
July 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you so much. I'm so glad that the units are helping teachers and students in your district! This is something I have been asked before and I have thought so, so much about. In my experience seeing these lessons being taught from grades 3-5 in my old school, I can honestly say that I do not see a need to make any changes. I was a literacy coordinator and observed in over 20 classrooms. In every room, teachers put there own little spin on the lessons and the conversations surrounding the learning was always different (which is awesome). Because students in every classroom are unique, and they bring a new set of understandings and experiences to the classroom each year, the conversations around the same reading/writing skills are almost always more rich in content as they move up the grades.

The RI and RL CCSS are nearly identical from grades 2-6, and I believe students need consistency across grade levels in the format and framework of instruction they receive.

So, for these reasons and more, I believe that if schools (just like mine) taught these lessons in multiple grade levels, the students will do great! They will grow deeper in their understandings each year and easily be successful in the framework of learning that stays consistent from one year to the next. I have never heard a student say, 'my teacher did this mini lesson last year.'

Thank you again for asking. I really hope my response helps you your district.

Best wishes!
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

aquinn1221
Buyer
Hi Jen! I think the Units of Study you put together are amazing! I absolutely love the concept of Reader's and Writer's workshop and plan on implementing them this year for my 4th and 5th grade ELA classes. In terms of the 4th and 5th grade units of study are they the exact same with the exception of the standards? Thank you for your time.
July 10, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Yes, they are the same lessons. The only difference are the CCSS that are attached. Of course, in every classroom the way in which the conversations go and the thinking that occurs will completely different because every students brings his/her own set of experiences and understandings. I hope that helps you!

Best wishes!
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Shelby Stancovich
Shelby Stancovich  (TpT Seller) re: Comprehension Question Cards Bundle: 130 Questions, multiple uses!
Are these CCSC aligned? I'm assuming they are... just checking though. :-)
July 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
They are perfect to use with CCSS. Thanks for asking!
Jen
July 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Courtney Taylor
Courtney Taylor  (TpT Seller)
Will you be having a sale anytime soon?
July 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,
I am actually having a sale July 4-5. The next one will not be until the site wide back to school sale sometime at the end of August or beginning on September. Thanks for asking!
Jen
July 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Kate Downs
Kate Downs  (TpT Seller)
Hello Jen,

Was wondering how you assess your students throughout the reading units. Purchased your 10 month units of study for 5th grade...I find assessing the writing part to be a no brainer, but in a district where students are given a letter grade at the end of the quarter, I'm not sure how to connect and assess the reading part.

Also, when working in the different genres do you recommend students to be reading the same genre or do you allow your students to choose books no matter the genre?

Thank you for creating amazing resources!!

-Kate
July 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kate,

I have a supplemental resource to go along with the 10 units of study. It includes a printable graphic organizer for every single reading lesson! They work great for students to practice the reading strategy taught that day during independent reading. And they are great for assessments. Also included in the resource are writing rubrics, editing checklists, and revising checklists. You may want to check it out. Here is the link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Supplemental-Printables-Bundle10-Months-of-Reading-Writing-Workshop-Resources-860340

As far as reading in the genre that you are teaching, I sometimes do have students read genre specific texts during a unit. I also like to have them have a totally free choice of reading. For me, it really depends on how the students are responding to the genre. Also, some students just need to branch out into trying new genres, so I do encourage variety for them.

I hope that all helps!
Best wishes!
Jen
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Stephanie Noel
Stephanie N.
I am teaching a 2/3 split this year. Which unit of study bundle (reader's/writer's workshop) should I get grade 2 or grade 3? Are they similar lessons?
June 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

You can purchase either grade two or three. The lessons are the same, with the only difference being the CCSS attached.

Best wishes!
Jen
June 29, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

kastolfo
Buyer re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 5 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
Hi. I am new to ELA and would love to purchase your bundle along w the supplemental bundle. Do you happen to have a set aligned w the TEKS or have an easy way to convert them? Please let me know. Thanks!
June 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
So sorry it took me a few days to respond. My hard drive crashed on my computer (scary!!!). Luckily, after four days, I received a new hard drive and all files were restored.

Anyways, I'm sorry I do not have a separate set with the TEKS standards attached. I am quite sure that several, if not all of the the TEKS standards, are addressed in the lessons.

I'm sorry I can't help you more!
Best wishes!
Jen
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Rachel Castoe
Rachel Castoe  (TpT Seller)
Jen, I am a huge fan of yours and your work is amazing. I bought the interactive bundle for the informational and literature reading interactive notebook. But I also like the idea of your units of study bundle as well. I will be teaching 2 units of reading and language arts for 4th grade next year. I love using interactive notebooks, but would like to maybe use your units of study with it if there is a way. Do you or can you use both together? I guess I am struggling with this because with every lesson in both bundles, there is an organizer for the students to fill out on their own with their books. So then I feel like they would have to do twice the work if I did both, or are a lot of the organizers the same in both bundles? Hope this makes since.

Would appreciate any advice.
Thanks,
Rachel
June 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Rachel!

I'm so sorry it took me a few days to respond to you. My hard drive crashed on my computer. After many scary days, I am back up and running with a new hard drive. Thank you for your patience!

To answer your question, yes, I have used both the Units of Study and the INB together. I like to use the INB during guided reading groups. Sometimes I work with INB for a week after a unit, just to give a variety. I would say the units are the core, and the INB are a great resource for in between, and supplementing in small groups. All the lessons and graphic organizers are different, so there is no overlap between the units and INB. The units are great because they tie reading and writing skills together every day, making writing so much easier for students to understand and try.

I hope that helps!
Best wishes!
Jen
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Lorrie Witsil
Lorrie W. re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 2nd Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
Can you provide an editable version of this? I am in Virginia and we don't follow common core, but we do cover the same skills.
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Lorrie,

I'm sorry but I am unable to provide an editable version. I'm sure many of the lessons will align with your standards. Sorry I could not be of more help.

Best wishes!
Jen
July 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Carrie Horning
Carrie H.
Jen,
I apologize I left a letter out.
horning.carrie@ontarioschools.org
Or carriewatts@hotmail.com
Thanks and sorry about that.
Carrie
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

clairehandley
Buyer
I purchased the grade 3 bundle of the 10 units of study for reading and writing ..they look great! When printing the unit of study posters included with the bundle, I noticed are aren't any posters for the units " Realistic Fiction" and "Fantasy". Are these available?

Thanks,
Claire
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Claire!

Thank you for asking. Those two poster sets are not yet available because I added those two units after I had made the original set.

Best wishes,
Jen
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Carrie Horning
Carrie H.
Jen,
I purchased the 4th grade bundle today. Looks GREAT! Here is my email address for 3rd grade CCSS. horning.carrie@ontarioshools.org. Looking forward to digging into the bundle more.
Thanks,
Carrie
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Carrie,

I tried sending them to you they kicked back to me, saying the email was not working. Do you have another email?
June 25, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Carrie Horning
Carrie H.
Jen,
Thank you for the quick response, is it possible to get a copy of the CCSS for third too when I purchase the fourth grade bundle? Or did you previously just get these from a different source?
Thank you,
Carrie
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Carrie,

Yes, I would be happy to send those to you. They are all created by me specifically for the units. Just send me another message with your email address after you purchase the 4th grade bundle.

:)
Jen
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jill Nicholson
Jill Nicholson  (TpT Seller)
I love your ELA interactive notebook for literature and informational.

Do you have the data tracking sheets?
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Thanks Jill! I'm not sure which data tracking sheets you are referencing. Everything that I have for the INB is included in the resource.

Best wishes!
Jen
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Carrie Horning
Carrie H.
Hello, I am super excited about your Units of Study Bundles. My school has multiage grade levels, 1-2 and we are starting a 3-4 next school year. Which grade would you recommend getting for a 3-4 multiage classroom, it is also the inclusion room. Thank you,
Carrie
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Carrie!

The lessons are the same in each unit. The only difference are the CCSS attached. So, you could purchase any grade and have all the lessons you need. They are appropriate for grades 2-6. Even if kids heard the lessons from one year to the next, what they think about and how they analyze the reading and writing strategies will be different each year. I hope that helps!

Best wishes!
Jen
June 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sean and Caitlin Coleman
Sean and Caitlin C.
Thank you, again!! You are wonderful!
June 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

catherine a naso
Catherine a N.
I have purchased your units of study for 4th grade. I am being transferred to 5th grade. Are your units of study identical with the exception of the CCS for 5th grade?
I have a limited personal budget and I want to make sure the read alouds and mini lessons, are differnt.

Thank you,
kate
June 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kate,

The lessons and suggested mentor texts are the same. The CCSS attached are fifth grade standards. Because the lessons teach reading and writing strategies that can be used when reading any book in that genre, you can use any mentor texts you have available to you. I did also create a free resource of additional text suggestions if you wanted more ideas.

Even though the lessons are the same, you can still use them again. Your students will be new and will bring a new set of experiences and thinking to the lessons. In fact, it is very helpful for students to be taught the lessons again, because they will be a year smarter and have new ideas while learning! The CCSS are almost identical across grade levels in RL, RI, and writing because they understand that students need to hear and practice things more than one time. And each time they practice a reading/writing strategy, they will develop a deeper understanding.

I hope I answered your questions. Best wishes!
Jen
June 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sean and Caitlin Coleman
Sean and Caitlin C.
Hello Jen, Thank you for your very thorough reply. Yes, I know that I cannot share unles I purchase additional licenses. I was out on maternity leave the entire past academic year ( the first year of my district implementing UoS). Not sure why my district didn't purchase the reading portion too. All I know is that teachers are struggling greatly bc of not have the reading portion. Due to the thoroughness of your packet I thought it could maybe help me. And I it helps me maybe I can get other coworkers to purchase too. ;) Thanks again for your help!!!
June 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

That makes a lot more sense now to know that you were out for the year. :)

I can only imagine how hard it was for students to have tried writing without the reading portion. I would compare it to trying to teach kids multiplication without ever teaching them addition or subtraction. There is no foundation.

The best way to become a better reader is to spend time reading. And the best way to become a better writer is to spend time reading. We need to make sure we allow time each day for students to read independently. But that's not enough. They need to be taught how to think like a writer if they are going to be successful at writing. They need to learn how to analyze text as writers. For example, they need to think about why writers make the choices they do about setting, plot, characters, word choice, facts, etc. All this, and so much more, needs to be taught through exploring other great writing during reading. Without being taught how to think like a writer and notice what great writers do (students notice this during time spent listening to reading and reading independently), it is extremely difficult for them to jump right into being a writer themselves. They have no foundation.

You are so on the right track!! Let me know if I can help you in any way, and good luck with your new school year!!

Best wishes,
Jen
June 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Pamela  Schlagbaum
Pamela S. re: Guided Reading Grade 3 Bundle {Levels M-P} Bonus: Suggested Book Titles!
Grade Three Bundle GR....is this the one I should begin with? Thank you for answering all of my questions!
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Yes ma'am. :) no problem at all!
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Sean and Caitlin Coleman
Sean and Caitlin C. re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 2 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
My district only uses the writing portion ( they did not purchase the reading part). In this case, is this packet still usable? Thanks
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

It is possible to teach the writing lessons without the reading lessons. However, without the reading lessons, students will have less of an understanding of how to try out the writing strategies taught. In many of the units, the reading and writing lessons cover the same strategies. For example, one day in reading the lesson might be on identifying strong character traits. Students would identify (a lower level thinking skill) strong character traits during independent reading. Then, in writing, the lesson may be on creating characters with strong personality traits (a much higher skill). Without the practice and basic understanding of strong character traits in the reading lesson that day, students would not be able to create strong characters as effectively as they would after the reading lesson.

So, yes, you can use just the writing lessons. But, you may need to do much more modeling.

I am wondering how your district purchased just the writing portion? It is not available for sale separate from the reading. Also, please remember each purchase is for individual classroom use only. Any sharing, without additional copyright purchases, is illegal.

I hope I have helped answer your question.

Best wishes!
Jen
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Pamela  Schlagbaum
Pamela S. re: Guided Reading Grade 3 Bundle {Levels M-P} Bonus: Suggested Book Titles!
I noticed a list of books that could be used during the instruction. There should be a small group set of each of these, correct?
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Yes, you would ideally have a copy for each student during the lesson.
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Pamela  Schlagbaum
Pamela S. re: Guided Reading Grade 3 Bundle {Levels M-P} Bonus: Suggested Book Titles!
Do you sell anything that would have assessments for each of the Reading standards (both informational and literature)?
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
I do not have an assessment resource that would identify readers at each instructional level. That is something I have thought about creating, but have just not had the time. My writing is mapped out already for the rest of 2014. I would love to create something like this next year!
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Pamela  Schlagbaum
Pamela S. re: Guided Reading Grade 3 Bundle {Levels M-P} Bonus: Suggested Book Titles!
Having never taught third grade, which bundle do you recommend? Also, can these be taught in invitational groups versus whole group during my Daily 5 workshop?
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Pamela,

I would recommend you purchase the 3rd grade GR bundle. Depending on your students, you may need to purchase additional levels below and above third grade as you will likely have some struggling and some advanced readers. I would not purchase those until you have assessed your students at the beginning of the year and know which additional levels you will need.

You will do great in 3rd grade! I loved teaching that age.
Jen
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

mfaatuai
Buyer
Hi Jen,
I loved your creation of: Guided Reading Level O Teacher Packet: Just add the Books and the Students!
I teach 5th grade, and I'm wondering if you've made (or are going to make) the same type of packet for Levels T, U, V? If not, would the level O packet be too low?
Thanks!
June 19, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello!

Yes, I have the first draft of this started. But, it will be some time before I am able to publish it. I am working on a line of no prep resources and then I plan to move into these levels. It is a massive amount of work, but I'm hoping to have them completed some time in late fall.

Thanks for asking!
Jen
June 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Jennifer deMarini
Jennifer D. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 4: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Hi Jen - I teach a combo class (4th and 5th grade) - which spelling unit do you recommend I use? Thanks!!
June 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello, I would recommend using the 4th grade unit. You can challenge your 5th graders by having them choose more difficult words each week that match the spelling skills being taught.

Best wishes!
Jen
June 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

srodinsky
Buyer
Hi Jen,

Do you have a Reading/Writing Bundle for first grade?

Thanks,
Susan
June 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Susan,

I do not currently have a reading/writing bundle for first grade. thank you for asking!
Best wishes,
Jen
June 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

wendonesia
Buyer re: Interactive Spelling Grade 2: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Any suggestions for how to use your lists in a 2/3 combination class?
June 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

This is a great question. I think that the skills covered in the grade 2 unit can easily be adjusted for a split class. As the lessons describe, the students will be creating the spelling words based on the spelling skill that week. After the class lists several words that fit the skill, it is up to students to choose their words for the week. As the teacher, you can be extra aware of the variety of spelling abilities in your class. Make sure there is a good mix of simple and more challenging words on the class list. That way, all students will be challenged by the spelling words each week. So, even though you are teaching the same spelling objective to all the students, the individual spelling lists will be different. I hope that makes sense!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Amy Sanchez
Amy S. re: Realistic Fiction Unit of Study: Grade 3 BUNDLE
I am a special education teacher and I teach first through fifth. Is this unit of study adaptable for multiple grade levels without having to purchase very grade level?

Amy
June 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Amy,

Yes, this unit can be adapted to fit the specific learning needs of your students. The only difference between the grade level units are the CCSS attached. Every class of students is different and the learning will look different. The lessons are set up in a way that involve all students during the mini lessons. They will be having conversations about their new thinking. Therefore, the lessons will look different in each classroom, depending on how the students respond.

I hope that helps!

Best wishes,
Jen
June 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Pamela  Schlagbaum
Pamela S. re: Historical Fiction Reading & Writing Unit Grade 4: 40 Detailed Lessons with CCSS
Hi! I had send you a message last week regarding my moving to third grade. I went into my classroom today and remembered that I ordered the fourth grade Historical Fiction also. My apologies. Am I able to get third grade standards for that one too? Thank you for your consideration.
June 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello, this is on my to-do list for tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.

Jen :)
June 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Debra Rivera
Debra Rivera  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jen,

Do you have a guided reading bundle available for Grade 5 (or be coming out with one soon)? I love your guided reading bundles and was hoping to use one for my fifth grade classroom.

Regards,

Debra
June 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Debra,

I definitely plan on putting a 5th grade guided reading set together. Unfortunately, I will not be able to complete it in the near future. I am hoping by late fall to be working on this project. Thank you for asking! Best wishes, Jen
June 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Homeschooling Lilly
Homeschooling Lilly  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for such a quick response, I'm sure your busy! I appreciate it :)
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
No problem! Anytime!! :)
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Homeschooling Lilly
Homeschooling Lilly  (TpT Seller) re: Traditional Literature Reading & Writing Unit Grade 3: 40 Lessons with CCSS
Hey, first of all I LOVE your products! You have a unit of study for everything that I'll need and I'm so relieved it will be here when I do lol.

My question was wich product would you recommend for a fairy tale unit, 3rd grade, the "traditional literature unit" or the "fantasy unit."

I see the traditional literature has more fairy tale books recomemded, Howevor the fantasy one seems to outline exactly what I am looking for as far as lessons, but I can only get one so I wanted to make sure!
Thanks!
Michelle
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I think the fantasy unit would have better lessons for focusing specifically on fairy tales. The trad. lit. unit covers a variety of types of trad. lit. where the fantasy is more focused on fairy tales. You can use any fairy tale books to teach the unit. You do not need to us the specific ones suggested in the unit, since the lessons teach reading skills and not specific content of the mentor texts. So, any books you have that fit the genre will work!

Best wishes,
Jen
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Totally Teaching
Totally Teaching  (TpT Seller) re: Guided Reading Grade 3 Bundle {Levels M-P} Bonus: Suggested Book Titles!
I'm moving to a school that uses Literacy Collaborative with Fountas and Pinnell and I am looking for resources to help me. Is this aligned to that program?
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Jen Bengel
Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

You are so super lucky to be in an LC school! And yes, I was actually trained as an intermediate LC coordinator by Irene and her colleagues in Boston. All of my work is founded on the theories and framework of the literacy collaborative. Best of luck to you!!

Jen
June 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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I have taught 6 years as a classroom teacher and 3 years as a reading specialist. I am currently working on creating instructional lessons for teachers full time. I also spend time as an independent consultant, modeling lessons and offering professional development in literacy instruction. I love my job and helping teachers!!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I take a constructivist, inquiry-based approach to learning. I believe students learn best when they think critically, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate their abilities. Students learn how to learn. They ask questions that are meaningful to them, play an active role in selecting and defining activities with their peers, direct their own learning, and build knowledge through a collaborative, social process.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

* Bachelor's degree in elementary education grades 1-8 (University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh) * Master's degree in reading education PreK-12 (University of South Alabama) * Literacy Collaborative Coordinator (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA)

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