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Julie B.
This is not really a question, more of a "thanks!". I work in an environment where it is sometimes very hard to keep the momentum going because I don't have other professionals on my campus who understand and use best practices. I kind of feed off that collaborative spirit and I find that your material helps get my own creative juices flowing. I love your book choices and have adapted your units to fit my needs as an ESL teacher :-)
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Awe Julie...I'm so glad you sent me this message! My number one goal is to help teachers, and I am so glad to hear that the units are encouraging you. I totally feel your pain and have been in that type of work environment. Hang in there and do what you know is best for the kids!! Best wishes to you!!!
Jen
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Buyer
Hi Jen,
I lost your personal email address and Rochelle and I have a question about Interactive Spelling. Could you send it to me again? Thanks! Sara
sarahans@hasd.org and hansfamily4@gmail.com
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
I just sent an email to both of your addresses. You might want to check your spam at the work account. I don't know if it will go through. I'd be happy to answer any questions! Miss y'all!!!
April 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Barbara H.
Happliy, I have your unit on Traditional Literature for 3rd grade". I see in the preview that the read alouds are the same for 2nd and 3rd. How different is the 2nd grade unit from the third? Ideas for making it work great for littler kiddos.
April 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

The units are very similar. For the younger grades, I would recommend doing a lot more modeling of the lessons. They will need more scaffolding and support. And I might just skip some of the lessons that are more in depth to focus a few days on the more important ones. Those are just a few things you can try. I would see what your kids can do and go from there.

Thanks so much for asking! Best wishes!
Jen
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Shannon B.
Hey Jen!
I purchased your 3rd grade reading workshop bundle a few months ago...I absolutely love it!!!! It made me feel extremely confident implementing the workshop in my class.
I have just found out I will be teaching 2nd grade next year. Will I need to purchase the 2nd grade bundle? Is the book list the same? Thanks!
April 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I'm so glad that the lessons are helping you in the classroom! You do not need to purchase the 2nd grade bundle because the lessons and books are the same. I do have a free resource with additional book suggestions if you want to try some different titles. Here is the link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-Units-of-Study-136-Additional-Text-Suggestions-1073683

Good luck in your new position!!
Jen
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Jennifer H.
Hi.
Last year I purchased the Reading and Writing units of study bundle for grade 4. I have just found out that I will be teaching grade 5 next year. Is there a big difference between the grade 4 and grade 5 versions? Should I be our purchasing the grade 5 version?
Thanks.
Jen
April 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

The only difference in the grades are the CCSS attached. Of course the conversations you'll have in class will likely be on a deeper level, but you don't need to purchase the 5th grade version. Good luck on you grade level move. I love teaching fifth grade!!!

Jen
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Buyer re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 5th Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
Will you be doing a 1st grade notebook?
April 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello, I may be doing one in the future but unfortunately it won't be in the near future. Thanks for asking!
Best wishes,
Jen
April 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Bright Ideas for Teaching  (TpT Seller) re: Launching the Reader's & Writer's Workshops: Grade 4...40 Lessons!!!
Two questions- Do the reading workshop units include mini lessons on comprehension strategies like questioning, inferencing, etc.? Also, I notice you also have interactive notebooks, how do you use those in conjunction with your reader's workshop?
April 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Yes, many of the units of study have specific reading comprehension lessons. They cover topics that are relevant to the specific genre. For example, the realistic fiction unit has several lessons on inferring characters, story elements, and asking/answering questions.

I like to use the interactive notebooks in between units of study. It's nice sometimes to break things up, so I will focus on one section in the notebooks and really talk about a Common Core standard for about a week before doing another unit. I also really like using the notebooks for guided reading lessons as well.

Thanks for asking!
Best wishes!
Jen
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Carla P. re: Opinion Reading and Writing Unit: Grade 3...40 Lessons with CCSS!!
How different is this unit than the 2nd grade opinions unit. I will be teaching a 2/3 combo next year and was wondering which one would be better.
April 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

The units are the same, except for the CCSS that are attached. So, either unit you purchase will have the same lessons. Thanks for asking!
Jen
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Barbara H. re: Informational Unit of Study: Grade 2 BUNDLE
are the read alouds different than those in the informational 3rd grade unit?
April 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
No, the read alouds are the same. But, there is a free resource of additional text suggestions if you need them. Here is the link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-Units-of-Study-136-Additional-Text-Suggestions-1073683

Also, you can use the lessons with any informational mentor texts you have access to.

Thanks for asking!
Jen
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Anrthony Tucker  (TpT Seller)
Hi,

I accidentally paid for grade 2, which I do not need. I didn't download it, is there anyway I could be refunded. I purchased grade 4, which is the one that I needed. I was certain that it said grade 4 until I was sent to confirmation page.

Thanks
April 3, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, I am unable to issue refunds. You can contact TpT and explain the situation. They do sometimes issue refunds.

Best wishes!
Jen
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Perri Myers  (TpT Seller)
HI Jen,

I ordered your 3rd grade reading/writing bundle last night. I was printing out the Poetry and Figurative Language and noticed that I received the 2nd grade unit. All other units were correct, except that one. Is there anyway you can send me the correct 3rd grade unit for poetry and figurative language that I was supposed to receive?? Everything else is wonderful!! Thanks so much!!

Perri Myers
April 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! I went and corrected the poetry unit. You should be able to download the latest version and print just those few pages. Thank you again!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Ashleigh Salvo  (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 4th Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
Are you going to create this for sixth grade? I purchased the fourth grade version, but found out I am moving to sixth grade next year. Thanks!
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I LOVED teaching 6th grade...you will have fun! I hope to complete a 6th grade version but it will not be for a while. I may complete it over the summer. If you are following me, you will get an email update when it posts. Best wishes and good luck in 6th grade!
Jen
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Do you know how closely your work would fit with the reading and writing workshop work of Lucy Calkins?
April 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I am not trained in Lucy Calkins work. But, I have been told that the writing portion of my units fits with Lucy Calkins theories of writing. I was trained with Irene Fountas in Boston as a Literacy Collaborative Coordinator. I'm pretty sure both Irene and Lucy have similar teaching philosophies. I hope that helps answer your question.

Best wishes,
Jen
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Angie T.
Hello Jen,

I wanted to purchase your units of study bundles for grades 2-6 and saw that they were on sale for $57.60 each yesterday. I put them into my cart until I could get my credit card. Today when I went to purchase them they went up to $72 each. Are they going to be going on sale in the future?
April 1, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking. Yes, they will be on sale during the next site wide sale. I am not sure exactly when that will be because the site only tells us about 1 week prior. I'm guessing some time in May. Thanks again for asking.

Best wishes!
Jen
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Buyer
Could you tell me whose work you have based your units off of?
March 31, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I have trained as a literacy collaborative coordinator in Boston with Irene Fountas and her colleagues. The theories behind the units are based on my training and classroom experience. Thanks for asking. Best wishes,
Jen
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Michelle Nelson  (TpT Seller) re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 4 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
hi, how long will your unit bundles be on sale? I have a school gift card I'd like to use but left it at school. DOH!
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
They will be on sale through Monday so you're in luck:)
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Michelle H.
Hi, Jen. Do you have the 4th Grade Interactive Notebooks WITHOUT the common core information in them. I am from Texas and we do not use the "Common Core" in Texas, at all.
Was just wondering if you had it available without the Common core info.
Thanks,
Michelle Holt
Midland, Texas
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Michelle,

Thank you for asking. I don't have them without the CCSS. The standards are stated at the top of several pages but I'm sure you could still implement the lessons as the objectives are still very relevant in any intermediate classroom.

Best wishes!
Jen
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Jen, my secretary had it for me. Thank you!!!
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
You're Welcome :)
March 28, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Weird. The last page we have is page 88 reading conference observation form for Traditional Literature.

My email is sdomenk@kusd.edu.

We're really looking forward to implementing this next year. Thanks!
March 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
That is really crazy. I will send you the other three units and the posters for your personal classroom use. Thank you for your patience.

*** UPDATE
I jut tried emailing you the units you were missing but my email came back with the following message. I would suggest that you download this bundle again tomorrow. All the pages should be there. Let me know if you are still unable to get everything and we can try something else. Thanks!

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Jen,
My secretary just purchased your 2nd grade Units of Study Bundle. We downloaded it today and I noticed we didn't get the Poetry & Figurative Language, Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, and then the bonus posters. Everything else looks great.

What can we do to get the rest?
March 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking. I just checked the resource by downloading it from TpT. Everything came up for me. I would suggest trying again. If you still can't get those units, send me another message with your email and I will send them to you. Thanks again!
Jen
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Michelle F. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 2: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Hello! I'm wondering if each week, we come up with a list of words that fit the week's skill and the kids choose which words they want to work on? Or, does the packet come with a list of "suggested" words that we can steer our students into volunteering?
Thank you!
March 27, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Great question!

That is exactly right. The packet includes a few example words for each week, but it is up to you and your students to brainstorm your own list of words. Your kids will come up with a ton I'm sure! And this way they are actively involved in the lesson. They take great ownership and pride in coming up with the words themselves. :)
Best wishes!
Jen
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Deannon G. re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 4 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
What are the books that are required for this? I am interested but would like to know what the units are and how many units there are for the year.
March 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

There are 10 month-long reading and writing units included in this bundle. There are suggested mentor texts for the lessons, but you can use any texts related to each genre. If you are interested in learning more, I would recommend reading this free resource of FAQ's about the units of study:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FAQs-About-the-Units-of-Study-Freebie-816559

Thanks for asking!
Jen
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Buyer
I have purchased the interactive edits bundle because I want to use them as mentor sentences with my middle schoolers. I know in the lower grades, teachers use one sentence per week, giving a quiz on that sentence at the end of the week. I would like to use a new sentence each day to provide more examples. When you use this activity, how do you provide grades OR is it strictly for general introductory instructional purposes for the grammar lesson?
March 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking about the interactive edits! I personally do not formally grade the work we do with interactive edits. I use the conversations and students' writing as anecdotal information that tells me what they understand about grammar and what I may need to reteach/introduce. They are very powerful for me in driving my future instruction.

If you need additional grades I think it would be simple to create a rubric to grade these daily edits.

I hope that helps you!
Best wishes!!

Jen
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Traci P. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 2: A Year Long Common Core Unit
I teach second grade and always have a wide range of spelling abilities, so I am intrigued by how this product will help me differentiate. I'm not sure whether to buy the 2nd or 3rd grade set. Before I invest $20 of my own money, I'd like to have some idea of the weekly spelling/word work skills that are covered. I appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks!
March 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking about the interactive spelling units.

Both grade levels have a total of 36 spelling lessons. Many of the lessons are the same, as they are appropriate for both grades.

14 of the lessons are different from 2nd grade to 3rd. The 14 different 2nd grade lessons focus more on short and long vowel patterns; double consonants; rules for spelling changes when adding suffixes to words that end in -y and -e; different sounds for words that end in -e; breaking 2-3 syllable words apart (as opposed to longer words in the 3rd grade unit); possessive nouns; and simple work with synonyms/antonyms.

I hope that helps you in making your decision. The great thing about teaching with this format is that you can differentiate the spelling words within a whole group lesson by creating class charts that have a variety of challenging words that fit the week's objective.

Best wishes!
Jen
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Kimberly S. re: Supplemental Printables Bundle:10 Months of Reading & Writing Workshop Resources
will you be making supplemental resources for the realistic fiction and fantasy units of study?
March 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I have the realistic fiction supplemental resource completed. Here is the link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Supplemental-Printables-for-the-unitRealistic-Fiction-Unit-of-Study-1114239

I will be working on the fantasy supplemental in a few weeks. It should be posted in about 3 weeks. Thank you for asking!

Jen
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Kari C. re: Biography Reading & Writing Unit Grade 4: 40 Detailed Lessons with CCSS!!!
Hi,

What types of graphic organizers and student sheets come with the reading portion of the unit?

Thanks!
March 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

In addition to the 40 lessons with details and chart examples, the unit of study includes:

* Reading conference observation notes form
• Writing conference observation notes form
• Reading log sheet
• Book talk form
• Printable mini lesson statements that can be cut and glued into
students notebooks
• Tabs for readers and writers notebooks
• A record of writing form

There is separate supplemental resource for this unit that includes printable graphic organizers specific to every reading lesson. There are also grading rubrics for the writing portion, as well as revising and editing checklists. You can view the supplemental resource here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Supplemental-Printables-for-the-unitBiography-Unit-of-Study-852470

Thanks for asking!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Jamie Sears  (TpT Seller)
That sounds interesting. I will be watching for the blog post for sure and I would love to take a look at those 4 pages you mentioned.

Sears1130@gmail.com

Thanks
March 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hello,

I am a complete nerd and meant to purchase your 2nd grade packet but accidently purchased 4th grade...is there any way to switch them or is it too late?

Justine
March 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
No problem! Just send me your email and another message and let me know what product specifically you need for second grade. Thanks!
March 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Laura's Learning Paradise
Hi Jen,

Hope all is well... I had a quick question. Can you tell me if this unit is aligned to Lucky Calkins' Writing Workshop? Would it work if our district is implementing Lucky Calkins' Writing Workshop?
March 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

I have heard of Lucy Calkin's units, but have never taught with them. I would assume that a lot of the objectives in her units are similar to my units. I used a combination of the Common Core State Standards, and the Continuum of Literacy Learning, by Irene Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnell to create the units. I was trained by Irene and her colleagues in Boston as a literacy collaborative coordinator.

I hope that helps!!

Best wishes!
Jen
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Jamie Sears  (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Spelling Grade 3: A Year Long Common Core Unit
I am trying to decide if this meets my classroom needs but I need more information. Are the words based on a sight word list? Are they phonics based? When you say that it is different that than other lists where students get the same list of words- can you explain what you mean? Do you have any samples of the lists? It would be hard to sell this to my principal without more details. Thanks.
March 13, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jamie!

I am working on a blog post with more details about the new interactive spelling units. It will be posted Wednesday on a collaborative blog called, "All Things Upper Elementary." The post will have pictures from a class chart with word examples. Also, the unit comes with 4 pages of detailed descriptions for each day of the week. Every lesson has instructions on how to create the spelling lists for the week. The words will come from the mini lesson spelling statement. You will work together as a class to create tons of words on your class chart (day one). Then, students will be able to choose their own spelling words (how ever many number you assign) for the week from the class chart. That's it in it's most simple form. There is a little more to it though and I would be happy to send you the four pages of details if you would like. Send me a message with your email and I will shoot the details your way.

Best wishes,
Jen
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Lorin G. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 3: A Year Long Common Core Unit
I'm so excited about this new product as I was looking ahead to next year and trying to figure out what to do about spelling. I see by your title that this is a a third grade spelling unit, however in the product description it references 4th grade. Could you please clarify if this truly is a third grade spelling unit? Thanks so much, LMG
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you so much for pointing this out to me!! Yes, this product is for 3rd grade. I went ahead and fixed the product description. I am so excited about this resource too!!

Thank you again for letting me know about my mistake! :)

Best wishes,
Jen
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Heather Perkins  (TpT Seller) re: {FREEBIE} Units of Study: 136 Additional Text Suggestions!
Do you have additional text suggestions for the fantasy unit? I am starting that one next week and discovered our school library does not have any you listed with the lessons. Thanks!
March 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Heather,

I do not currently have any additional text suggestions for that unit right now. I would suggest doing a search in your school library under keywords like fantasy or make believe. Maybe your librarian can help with a search too? Another idea might be to type in some of the titles that are in the unit and see what other texts similar to the title come up (not sure if your school search engine has that feature, but amazon does).

I hope that helps!!
Jen
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Hi Jen.... I love everything you make. You have been a lifesaver to me this year while I spend my first year teaching 3rd grade. I do not know what next year holds for me grade wise but just in case I was wondering of you will be doing an interactive spelling unit for 3rd?
Thank you for spending so much time on all of these great resources!
March 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Thank you so much for the kind words. I am so glad I have been able to help you and your students this year! It's funny that you are asking about a 3rd grade interactive spelling unit because I am working on it right now! I had to do a lot research to make sure the lessons are appropriate for third grade. The rough draft is written and I am typing up the details today. Hopefully it will be posted by the end of the day. If not, definitely by tomorrow.

Best wishes!
Jen
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I love your Guided Reading packs. I have them all. However, I teacher grades 1-5 and would love to have a Guided Reading pack that would cover Levels A-H. Are you considering making one for the lower levels?
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you so much for the compliment. I am so glad these units have helped you and your students this year. I have thought about doing additional units, but I have been so swamped with other resources that I haven't made my way back to guided reading yet. These resources are an enormous amount of work. I'm not sure when I will get back to them. Sorry I can't give you a better answer to this! Just know, that I'm not saying no, but it won't be anytime very soon.

Thanks for asking!
Best wishes,
Jen
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Cheryl C. re: Interactive Spelling Grade 5: A Year Long Common Core Unit
Do you have one of these spelling units for third grade? By the way, I am using your Reader's and Writer's Workshop and loving it! My students have never enjoyed reading this much!
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I will be making one for grades two, three, and four. I'm going to start on fourth grade next and then move down to third. It should be ready in about 2 to 3 weeks. Thanks so much! Jen
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Cagney Weaver  (TpT Seller)
Hey Jen! I have two of your table foldable "I Can" statements with question prompts on the back. I have them for RI.4.4 & RI.4.1. Do you have any more?
March 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Hmmm, the only thing I can think of is that you are referring to the tabletop cards I have included in my guided reading resources. I do not have something like that for sale as just the tabletop cards. If you search through my guided reading resources you will find all the reading common core standards covered in them, with the question prompts and 'I Can' statements. I hope that helps!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Buyer re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 4th Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
I am contemplating purchasing your reading/writing workshop bundle to use in my classroom next year. Could you tell me if these resources are similar to the ones in that bundle or are they different?
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

The interactive notebooks are different from the units of study. The units of study are monthly genre-based units, where the interactive notebooks included more general lessons that cover all the RL and RI Common Core. I hope that helps!!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Thank you for changing that...how can I access the new pages since I have already purchased the unit bundle?...also THANK YOU for creating and sharing this wonderful resource!
February 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
No problem. All you need to do is go to 'my purchases' under the 'my TpT' button. There, you will see a list of all the items you have purchased. You can click the 'download now' button and the newest version will be there. If you have already printed this bundle, you could just print the few pages that needed correcting. I hope that helps!

Best wishes!!
Jen
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Hi Jen ,
I just purchased the Unit of Studies bundle for fourth grade . As I looked at the realistic fiction unit I noted that the ccss standards after page one are all 3rd grade standards??? Is this a typo or did it not download correctly? I am hoping the fourth grade standards are listed for every unit in the bundle??
Thanks for your help-
Sue Gallo
February 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Thank you asking me this. I looked through the unit and didn't notice the realistic fiction standards were wrong. But, I did see that the personal narrative unit had the 3rd grade standards. So, I went ahead and made the changes so they now have the correct standards attached. Thank you for your patience!
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Amanda G.
I love your units! I have been using them all year with my 4th grade classroom. I have bought the Launching Reader's Workshop, Narrative, Traditional Literature, and Informative Units. I am going to buy the Poetry/Figurative Language Bundle unit today. I would love to get the assessment/graphic organizers for the units I have already bought. Is it possible to get these at a discount rate? These assessments were not available when I bought my units at the beginning of the school year. Thanks! and again love your work!
February 26, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Amanda,

You are in luck, because TpT is having their quarterly sale tomorrow and Friday (2/27-2/28)! You can purchase items from my store on these two days for a 28% discount.

Enjoy the discount! :)

Best wishes,
Jen
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Heather Perkins  (TpT Seller) re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 2nd Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
Hey Jen, sorry I feel like I ask you a question every other day. I just discovered your store and have bought up a bunch of your stuff. I was looking at this interactive notebook for grade 2 but was wondering if the pages are the same as the supplemental pack for your units of study bundle. I already own that so I wanted to check before I buy this. Thanks!
February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
No problem Heather:). The lessons in the interactive notebook resources are completely different from the units of study.

Best wishes!
Jen
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HI! This smartboard download stuff is new to me. How do I do that download so i can use it with my kids... I am really excited about this.... :-) TY



Connections: text-to-text
Connections: text-to-text
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February 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for asking! I'm sorry I'm not able to help answer this. But, you can contact TpT for technical support. They are pretty awesome at helping with these things! :)

Best wishes,
Jen
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Pamela S. re: Poetry & Figurative Language Unit of Study: Grade 5 BUNDLE
Did you teach fifth grade? If so, how did your Daily 5 block look? Did you work with mini-lessons, word work, buddy read, and invitational groups? Do your Units of Study look the same for both fourth and fifth?
February 23, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Yes, I have taught fifth grade. I also taught 3, 4, and 6. I have used daily five in the past but I did not use the daily 5 when I taught the reading/writing workshops. I taught with the writing and reading workshop formats that are described in my units. There was a mini lesson, independent work time, and a share at the end. During independent work time students were reading independently and writing down some of their thinking about reading in some form. I was either conferencing or meeting with a guided reading group. I did not set up centers; they read independently and responded to reading. The language work occurred during a separate language block.

Yes, the 4th and 5th grade units are written the same. The only difference in the CCSS attached. As a literacy coach, I have seen teachers use these lessons in 3-6 grades. They all have found success with them. Of course, teachers make their own changes based on the specific learning needs of students in their classrooms.

I hope that helps.

Best wishes!
Jen
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Buyer re: Fantasy Reading & Writing Unit: Grade 2...40 Lessons with CCSS!!
Will you be adding this product to your year-long bundle?
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
I actually just added that unit and the realistic fiction unit to the bundle. I also added a free bonus resource! Follow this link to check out the bundle. Thanks for asking!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Units-of-Study-Bundle-Grade-2-10-Months-of-Reading-Writing-Lessons-w-CCSS-1072004
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Kelli Sampo  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jen I recently purchased your 5th Grade Units of study Bundle and I am in LOVE! We are getting into our informational unit and some of the mentor text are very difficult to find, and we've discovered that if we don't have the text, it doesn't go well. Do you have any suggestions for these texts? Thanks again

Kelli
February 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kelli,

Thanks so much for asking! I agree that you have to have some great informational texts as mentor text for the lessons. I would suggest doing a search in your school library for some nonfiction texts that cover topics your students may be interested in learning more about. Or maybe you could find some texts that extend learning in social studies/science topics you are currently covering. Once you find some text that you think will be good for your class, then use those texts as examples to teach whatever the reading/writing skill is for that day. That would be my best advice. I hope that helps!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Heather Perkins  (TpT Seller)
Thanks Jen, that helps so much!
February 18, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Heather Perkins  (TpT Seller)
I was wondering with your units of study lessons are your students all reading personal narratives (or whatever the unit is that month) during independent reading time? I was curious how I could have my students practicing the strategy from the minilesson if they all aren't able to have a book that matches the unit we are on. Thanks!
February 16, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thanks for asking this! Yes, the idea is that all the students are reading books (that they can read successfully on their own) somewhat related to the genre you are teaching. That way they can practice applying the reading strategies taught during the mini lesson. I take my class to the library after we have a lesson on common texts features found in that genre. Then, we all go to the library and they search for books that would interest them, they could read independently, and that fit the text features we will be learning in that genre. You could have the librarian pull books based on the genre/text features ahead of time and have the kids browse through those (if looking through the entire library is too overwhelming.) If your library does not have enough books, you may want to use guided reading books with that genre and have kids reading whatever they are interested in during independent reading. You could check their understanding of the genre and reading strategies through your guided reading groups.

I hope that helps!

Best wishes,
Jen
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Lori Dibernardo  (TpT Seller) re: Units of Study Bundle: Grade 2 {10 Months of Reading & Writing Lessons w/ CCSS!}
Do you have this unit for first grade?
February 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for asking. But, my units do not currently go down to first grade. It may be something I look at in the future though!

Best wishes!
Jen
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Paulina T. re: Supplemental Printables for the unit:'Informational Unit of Study'
Do students read informational text during reading workshop? What do you do with those kids that want to read their fiction books during workshop when working on this unit of study?
February 15, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
That's a great question. Yes, they do read informational text during this unit. If a student has another book they want to read I ask them to split their time reading. So if they have 30 minutes to read, I have them read the informational text for the first 15 minutes and respond to their reading with the graphic organizer pertaining to the daily objective taught in the mini lesson. Then they can read a different book the last 15 minutes. That's just what I do, but I'm sure there are other ideas as week. :)

I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
Jen
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Andi V. re: Interactive Notebook Bundle: 4th Grade {Cover ALL CCSS RL & RI Standards!}
I recently purchased and downloaded this resource. The sample pages at the beginning of the resource that show the pages filled and out colored in are labeled with the 4th grade CCSS, however, the pictures show 3rd grade CCSS resources. They don't match the forms that are included in the document. Can you please update this file? Thank you!
February 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Jen Bengel  (TpT Seller)
Hello,

Thank you for pointing this out to me. The sample pages were taken from a third grade classroom, so that is why the standards on the pages are third grade. I do not have samples to show you from fourth grade. I chose to include these sample pages as one example of how the students may complete their work. I hope they can still be a helpful guide to you and your students!

Best wishes!
Jen
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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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