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**ALL STANDARDS**NEWLY EXPANDED FOR 2014** Specific and meaningful standards-based non-fiction passages and assessments for ALL...
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This product was created to address Common Core Language Standard L.4.5b: Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverb...
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This printable worksheet/activity was written to address the following Common Core Informational Text Standards in Grades 2-4. RI.2.9: Compare a...
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In my opinion this remains the best lesson I have on TpT for teaching about Ancient Rome...You receive a four-six hour unit plan for studying anc...
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TLC3 for E  (TpT Seller) re: Ancient Rome: Twelve Tables of Roman Law Using Classroom as Courtroom
Your material looks interesting! Check out my webstore or me at www.tlc34e.webs.com!
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DO YOU HAVE A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE 5TH GRADE ARCTIC HUSKY READING COMMON CORE?
March 12, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for writing. The passage you are asking about is only found in my Grade 5-6 assessment bundle, and is not a free product.
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M J  (TpT Seller)
I am always looking for new ways to have my sixth graders present book reports as projects instead of the dreaded written essay format. I was wondering if you could give me more information about your non-fiction book report item and what the three student pages include? Any extra information would be helpful. Thank you
March 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Please email me at tptmarkaaron@yahoo.com and I'll be happy to give your more details on this product. Thanks for writing!
March 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Common Core Language Standards Collection: 31 Student Pages
Does this include all Language standards then?
March 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your question. This product does not include all language standards and is a mixed set comprised of tougher-to-find standard work over several grade levels. Please see the product description for further details.
March 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Elaine R.
I love your new comparing and integrating two text. I hope you plan on creating more lessons like this. This is exactly what I have been searching for and I have not found them anywhere but on your site. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing. (any idea on when new ones will be coming out?)
February 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for your kind comments! I am always working on new ideas and resources, but I am also a full-time middle school teacher. As a tremendous number of hours go into creating each item in my store, I will ask you to have patience and follow my store so you receive emails about new products as soon as they come out. They are coming :) Thanks again for your support!
February 14, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Common Core Informational Passage and Assessment: Winter-Theme
May I use this resource for a Blizzard Bag? Blizzard Bags are assignments my students will access from the school website to complete on days we have a weather cancellation. It is possible that other teachers could access the materials for use, but since this resource was free, maybe you would give permission? Please copy email me at dsanders@elida.k12.oh.us with your answer. Thanks
February 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for writing me and asking permission for extended use of this item; I appreciate your ethics and honesty. Please feel free to post and use this resource on your "Blizzard Bag" school website.
February 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Lynnetta Witherspoon  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
I purchased the Common Core Informational Text Collection: Grade 5-6,I am interested in purchasing Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages does this have some of the same passages?
February 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing! There is nothing common to both these bundles, so you will receive no duplicates if you buy them both. Regards and happy teaching!
February 2, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Nancy P.
Mark,
I really like your materials! Thanks for such quality work!
I was wondering if you have any materials that focus on reading and then writing an extended response or short constructed responses?
It would save me time reviewing all your materials if you could point me in the right direction.
Thanks
January 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing me instead of spending hours looking through my catalog! Good call. Most of my CC-aligned informational text passages, both single item or bundled products, are followed by a variety of assessments. These include basic comprehension but also higher-level comprehension questions aligned to the Common Core. In addition, most of them have at least one short constructed response question in the assessment section. The higher you go in grade level in my catalog of reading materials the more constructed response questions you will find included. There are no extended response questions in any of these assessments. I hope that answers your question.
January 22, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Child Magic  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Informational Passage and Assessment: Winter-Theme
Love the packet and will use it with my students. Just a clarifying question. At the bottom of page two of the "Blizzard of 1949" article it states "It was freezing by day and thawing by night." Is that actually correct? Seems like it would be thawing by day and freezing by night.

Thank you. Jeanne Anderson
January 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question; let me explain. This part of the text is referring to the time after the snow stopped falling and the weather was warming. With so much snow on the ground there was a danger of a huge runoff of melting snow that could have caused floods. The fact that at this point the snow was "thawing by night" meant that it melted more slowly than usual (due to lack of the sun's warmth) and thus did not cause flooding. In this case the unusual warmer weather at night saved many places from possible floodwaters by slowing the melt speed. Perhaps I will add a new sentence or two to that paragraph to make it clearer. I hope that answers your question!
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Hello Mark,
Thank you for the free download of CC Informational text assessment -Winter theme for 4-5. I wanted to alert you to a typo on page 3, Exercise B, item 3. Last should be lasted.

This is a great resource, and I can't wait to use it.
Thanks again!
January 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for pointing that typo out to me. It has been corrected and everyone will get a 100% perfect download now! And thank you for your kind words about this resource!
January 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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TIna H. re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 5-6
Would you consider selling me just this part of the packet. I teach 5th SS and the other stuff isn't usefull for me. Also do you have any other SS 5th grade items.


Analyzing Multiple Accounts of the Same Event or Topic
Historical Text: Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 7.8
A set of six short firsthand and secondhand texts that total 750 words. They detail a famous
attempt on General George Washington’s life by a traitor during the Revolutionary War that is
part fact, part legend. There are 9 questions requiring evaluation of each of the sources and then
two short answer questions requiring synthesis of information and drawing conclusion. These
questions align with Common Core Standards: RI.4.6, RI.4.9, RI.5.7 or RI.5.9.
January 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Please contact me at tptmarkaaron@yahoo.com so we can work something out. Thanks for writing!
January 5, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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I found your "5 Minutes Left, What Do I Do?" packet through Pinterest and loved it! But, it's a little too challenging, even for my gifted 5th graders. Do you have a similar product for 3/5?
December 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry, but I don't have anything similar for lower levels. I think you will find some of the 100 challenges can work with your class. Have a try. Thanks for asking!
December 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Dear Mark,

Thanks for your speedy response! Yes, I agree, it's a very large source to catch every little nitpicky detail so I'm not criticizing. It is a great resource, but is there a way I could get a copy of revised page since I have already bought it?
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Of course. The revised product is now on the site and you can re-download it (for free) at any time in the "My Purchases" section of your account. Please download it and write to me if you ever have any more questions. Thanks! Mark
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Great product, but has an error...

Hi, I just bought your Common Core Info Text 6-8. Page 67. I'm sorry if this is nitpicky, but it's just the error I'm trying to get my students not to do.

wellbrought
up dog doesn’t jump up on his master and ruin their clothes with dirty. It should be ruin his or her clothes.
Any chance you could fix it?

doryparsons
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for the question and comment about grammatical use. I'm always very happy to receive feedback about possible typos or incorrect grammar in any product I offer. This is a 131-page document and even one error is too much for me. I have replaced "their" with "his or her" in the text. I hope you enjoy teaching with this informational text bundle, and have a great school year!
November 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Common Core Language Standards Collection: 31 Student Pages
I was wondering if this bundle included the following of your individual packets: L.4.1e, L.4.1b, L.5.1a, L.5.1b, L.5.1e, L.5.2c. (I just used the CCS label you provided, instead of writing out the titles of each one)
October 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Yes, it does contain my individual printables for all six of the standards you mention (and more). I hope that answers your question and thanks for asking.
October 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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PJ B. re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 3-4
Where did these passages come from? Is it legal to copy them?
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for asking. I would refer you to the copyright information at the bottom of almost every page; it says ©Mark Aaron. I've been researching, studying, and writing most of my adult life and I am the author of the passages and the accompanying CC-inspired questions. It is legal to copy them for use in one teacher's classroom, if more teachers are going to use them then the ethical thing to do is buy additional licenses. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions.
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
Do you have this for 3rd?? Looks just like what we need! Thanks
October 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
No, I am sorry but I do not have a collection specifically targeted at only third grade, other than my "Common Core Informational Text Collection: Grades 3-4." That set, however, does not have as broad a base of CC skills covered as "Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages." Thanks for asking!
October 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Hello,
I purchased the $10 Greece packet and am unable to download it on my home or school computers. Is there another way to get the file?

Thank you!
September 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry this happened to you. Please contact TPT support and have them help you by using the "Contact" button at the bottom of the home page. This product has been sold and downloaded many times without issue and I am certain they can and will help you immediately. Thanks for writing!
September 23, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Common Core Standard L.5.1b: Form and Use Perfect Verb Tenses
Is this part of the $7.00 package you offer? I'd like to get lessons for all the 5th grade language ccs in one bundle.
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Yes, this is part of the $7 package. That particular package is not targeted at any specific grade level but rather trickier and more challenging (for the teacher!) grammar standards over several grade levels. Thanks for your question!
August 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Any chance I could see a sample before I buy?

Middle School Lang Arts Printables: "Emergency" Sub Plans for One Week
August 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
I thought I had a Preview loaded for that product...I have reloaded a nine-page Preview now. Thanks for writing!
August 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Elaine Mitchell  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 5-6
Mark,
Would you consider creating an informational text package for just social studies? I teach 5th grade SS. I teach five different classes, so I have students at 4th, 5th, & 6th grade levels. I am interested, but I have no use for the science lessons.
August 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for writing; I have an idea that might help you. Please contact me at tptmarkaaron@yahoo.com
August 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Kristen Maxfield  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
Do you by chance have a CCSS alignment for each activity? I've purchased it, and I can tell the practice is fabulous, but I'm just curious which standards it hits. Thanks!
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your kind words about the product. While there is not an alignment document attached to the file, if you go to the product description on TPT (what you see before you buy) each item in the bundle is aligned with one or more specific CCSS Standards in that description. I'm a little funny in that I didn't put the standard directly on each printable because it can make some of my less able students nervous when they see it there :)
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Joanne M. re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 5-6
Thank you for getting back to me. I think your work is extremely well done and a wonderful resource.
July 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your positive comments!
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I appreciate the work that goes into creating these types of materials. Thanks so much for your kind response.
July 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for your honesty (and asking all the right questions) and your purchase. I hope the materials help your students.
July 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Ancient Rome: "Spartacus" Film Background, Discussion Guide, and Quiz
Hello, I am finishing up the year with my 6th graders and they really want to watch SPartacus. I have not seen it and am not sure if it is OK for end of 6th grade. What's your opinion?
May 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
That is a good question. This is a 50-year old movie that was quite revolutionary in its days and can still be shocking in some ways. There are certainly a lot of adult themes in the movie, but most of it is sub-surface level that kids don't pick up on. I am lucky to work in a liberal, open teaching environment where it is no problem to show Spartacus, but if I were you I would preview the film completely before showing it and judge based your own school situation. If it were eight grade or higher I would say no worries, but sixth grade needs a preview. Hope that helps!
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Buyer re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
Hi. Please tell me how I can find one of your CC collections which is appropriate for sixth grade students. I am anxious to see if it will work for my students. Thank you!
April 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 75 Student Pages is very good for sixth grade if you want a mix of CC skills over a range of abilities from Grade 4-6. It has three lengthier informational text passages in it. If you want only informational text passages for a more homogenous group then I recommend Common Core Informational Text Collection: Grade 5-6 and the free projects download that comes with it. Please look at the previews for both...personally I think are equally great for Grade 6. Thanks for asking!
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Buyer re: Ancient Rome: "Spartacus" Film Background, Discussion Guide, and Quiz
Is the Spartacus film background, discussion guide and quiz that you sell separately, the same material that is included in the 68 page, Topics, Ideas and Activities?
April 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Yes it is. Thanks for asking.
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Buyer re: Lesson: 25 Weather Idioms
This is a great resource! The only idiom that I won't use is "seven sheets to the wind." I know that I would have parents and administrators that would not appreciate a reference to drinking. Just a thought to consider...
April 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your comments. There are over 30 idioms in English related to drinking and drunkenness, and this is one of the milder of them and also has a very interesting historical origin. I teach middle school and in a fairly open school environment, and in my situation pretending that drinking does not exist, keeping it as a taboo subject, and not engaging the students of that age with the realities of alcohol isn't a desirable or healthy option in the long run. To each his own I guess!
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You read my mind. While reading the Brooklyn Bridge this morning, my students asked me all sorts of questions about how the bridge was built. I told them after the ELA we would watch a video. I will be sure to look for the video you suggested. Thank you again.
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Thank you so much for being so speedy!!! My students thank you as well. They are LOVING the passage about the Brooklyn Bridge. I am so happy I purchased this.
April 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
I don't know if you have access to wifi and a Smartboard, but there are some excellent videos that can accompany and complement many of these texts and bring them alive for your kids. For example, search: "The Brooklyn Bridge - Modern Marvels - History Channel Documentary" on YouTube. Happy teaching!
April 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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tarheelstate teacher  (TpT Seller) re: Lesson: Thirty Human Body Idioms
I just mentioned your Human Body idioms in my blog post about Human Body systems. I love these and used your packet for weather. For weather, I made a chart in word, typed up each idiom and the answer, printed on cardstock, and then cut the cards apart. In the lesson, students had to move around the room trying to find their partner. I would love to see you add this modification to your packets (I'm sure it would take forever, but I plan to use lots of your language units next year during my word study block). Thanks!

Here's the link to my blogpost:
http://lifeloveliteracy.blogspot.com/2013/03/human-body-systems-ready-to-teach.html
March 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for mentioning me in your blog post! I appreciate your comments and will consider them for the future, although since both products you mention are free items I may leave that to individual teachers themselves to work out their own enrichment or extension activities like the card stock charts.
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Gene M.
Mark,

I recently purchased your "Twelve Tables of Roman Law" lesson plans. Thanks for including the actual actual answer from the 12 tables for the first case. I have been searching the Tables for the actual answers to the 2nd and third cases, but can't find them. Can you help point me in the correct direction to have the actual answers to these cases? I work with gifted students and know that they will want to know how close they were. I plan on using these lessons on the 10th and 11th of April. Thanks in advance for your time, consideration and response.

Gene A. May
Pensacola, Florida
March 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
The actual answers: In the second case the pigs go back to the original owner. If someone drops their wallet on the street, even if they are careless, it does not belong to the person who found it. "Finders keepers, losers weepers" is not a legal principle. Same with the pigs in this case. In the third case the contractors have to rebuild the house, ancient and modern law tend to favor the buyer and not the seller (the two homebuilders) and so the house has to be built for the original agreed-upon price.
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Buyer re: Common Core L.5.1a: Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections
Hi, I really like your work:-) Do you have a complete bundle of ELA standards review? I woulod like to use it for state test review.
Thanks,
June Mann
March 27, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thank you for the kind words. At this point in time I am not a "one-stop shop" for all CC ELA standards, although I do have ALL Informational Text Standards for Grades 3-6 in bundled form for review. My goal is indeed to create a complete bundle for every grade level but it has not happened yet. For now I just have the standards and products you see in my store.
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Buyer re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 3-4
I'm going to be super lazy. Is there a key to go with this?
Thanks!
Amie
March 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
After each printable is a full answer key! It's all there. Thanks for asking.
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Denise W. re: Common Core L.4.5a: Similes and Metaphors
Before I purchased this packet, I just wanted to double check that it's NOT included in the other two packets I recently purchased (Informational Text and Reading Standards).
March 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
You are correct. It is NOT in either of the other two items you purchased.
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Buyer re: IDIOMS: Middle School Printable Worksheets on 300 Common Idioms
I've downloaded my purchase; how do I open the preview on body parts?
March 19, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your queston. The preview lesson is apart from the full bundle on the product page simply for buyers to look at in deciding whether to purchase the whole set and is free. All you have to do is click on "download preview." The human body printable is also available separately in my store for free. More importantly, it is also included in the full set you bought, so there shouldn't be any need to open the preview.
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LaToya Lindsay  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mark,
Next year I will be teaching 6th grade social studies which includes:
Mesopotamia and Egypt
China
India
Greece
Rome
Byzantium and Islam
Europe in the Middle Ages
African Empires

I will be focusing on the development of these countries (ancient times) of how they came to be. If you have any suggestions on what items I should purchase from you, or just some words of advice I would greatly appreciate it.
March 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Well, first of all I think the range of what you are expected to “cover” in a single year excludes going into great depth in any one of them, which is unfortunate. You are probably going to be given a textbook to teach these topics, with a chapter on each topic, and have a few weeks for each. Most of my products focus more on creative and extension types of activities than real in-depth historical facts. Fun activities are what sixth graders want and learn best from, which makes the cramming of multiple civilizations and topics in one year as you describe less than memorable for them. I have an entire year to teach only Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. I would recommend that you teach what you are supposed to to meet the curriculum and when you want to do something creative and have the time, such as writing student names in the Greek alphabet or having a Roman dinner party, then you pop over to my store as needed and see what I have in individual products. Good luck and best wishes.
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Amy S. re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
Common Core Information Text 4-5 - Do I need to buy both of these products? Just checking to make sure that I will not be getting duplicates if I purchase that and Common Core Reading standards collection:60 students pages?
February 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Buying both is entirely up to you, your teaching needs, and what skills you want to target, but there are NO duplicate materials in these two collections. Each is independent of the other and stands alone as a resource. Thanks for asking!
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Buyer re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
I am considering purchasing this for fourth grade. Is this readability of this bundle appropriate for grade 4?
February 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
That is always a tough question to answer, as it depends on the ability level of the class as well as differing teacher expectations of what is appropriate for their readers. In my opinion it would work quite well with a fourth grade class of grade-level readers.
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Kimberly DeGal  (TpT Seller) re: Teaching About Ancient Greece: Printables and Creative Activities
Hi Mark,
Unfortunately I am tied to a textbook series and have to give all of the assessments (which go along with the textbook). I like to incorporate as many fun learning activities as I can with my sixth graders. I have 108 students, and 4 SS classes each day (each 40 min. long). We have very limited time in order "to cover" all of the NYS curriculum. Do you think your Printables/Activities would be suitable for me? We use the McDougal Littell series which is not developmentally appropriate for my 6th graders. Thank you!
February 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
To be honest, it sounds like you have a lot to cover with your traditional textbook and state requirements and not time for everything that is in this set. I wouldn't recommend buying the whole thing but maybe a few individual lessons I offer, such as the Greek alphabet writing or myth busters lesson. That might be all you have time for. Thanks for asking. Mark
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Helen K.
Hi Mark,
A few days back I downloaded your demo for a Grade 6 Informational Text Collection. It looked great. I was checking many products out and I thought I saved the correct one in my cart at the time, so I deleted the demo. After I purchased it yesterday, I noticed that it only had one article on Alfred Nobel. I was looking for the one with multiple articles: I remember something about the Arctic Husky, Tree Rings and Abraham Lincoln, etc. I tried to looked back at your products again, but they all have similar titles and now I am uncertain exactly what I saw. When you get a minute, could you give me the full name of the product I am looking for.
Thank you!
Helen
January 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Hi Helen,
I can see that you purchased the Brooklyn Bridge and Alfred Nobel individual printables on January 30th. Both of those printables are part of a larger collection of 10 resources found at the web address below. Please be aware that if you buy the full collection now you will receive 8 new documents and 2 repeats that you have already purchased. I still think it's a good deal, but it is your choice: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Informational-Text-Collection-Grade-5-6
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jaime witte  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Language Standards Collection: 31 Student Pages
Would you be willing to make one specifically targeting third grade common core standards? Thanks!
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
My long-term plan is to make more CCSS materials specific to each grade level and I am working on that. Watch this space in the coming weeks and months! Thanks for your question.
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Romy R. re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 4-5
I am looking for short assessments ...approx. 4 to 6 questions on each cc standard.
Do your assessments test 1 skill /standard per text?
This is the way my principal wants us to assess.
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Each text assesses several of the common core standards for that grade level. The texts in this collection are not specific to one standard only. Have a look at the Preview.
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Buyer
I have been browsing through some of your materials and I wondered if you write the informational passages yourself.
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Absolutely, drawing from multiple public domain sources and then using my love of the written word. I think I must enjoy writing more than most people :)
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Sara M.
Would there be any overlap if I purchased Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 60 Student Pages, in addition to Common Core Informational Text Collection: Grade 3-4?
January 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Mark Aaron
Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
These two sets now have NO overlap of products.
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Pk G. re: 5 Minutes Left and What Can I Do? : 100 Fun and Challenging Puzzles
I read through these and thought they'll be great in class. I was wondering though, would you call these "closure" activites? I know it's about choosing the right task at the right time, but if my admin wants to see closure...is this it?
January 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
I've been a teacher for 30 years, and I still am not sure about educational "jargon" as it is used in different schools and states. "Closure" has so many different interpretations possible that I cannot answer your question. I would suggest you speak to your administration and ask them for their understanding of "closure." My gut reaction is "no" this is not closure.
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Janeth C. re: Common Core Reading Standards Collection: 80 Student Pages
You have amazing ideas and great story choices!! Is there a way that you could bundle ALL of your informational text selections? I want to get them all but I am not sure what is included in each selection and I don't want to miss out on any of the story selections by trying to buy them individually. Thank you.
November 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Please see my store for bundled collections of informational text/question sets for grades 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, and 7-8. They are very easy to find and the product descriptions are clear. If you want everything together then these bundled sets are the best bet and I recommend them over the individual products because they are a much better deal. Thanks for your support.
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Melissa Beltrami  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Informational Text Grades 7-9: The JFK Assassination
On the preview the sources are really short. Is that how long those sources actually are or are you just providing a synopsis of the source? Thanks!
November 15, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
On the preview the first three sources ars shown in their entirety. The two other sources used in the exercise are not shown in the preview. I hope that answers your question.
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Buyer re: Ancient Rome: Individual Student Emperor Projects
I just purchased the Roman Emperor project package. The description says the package includes a list of emperors to use as well as a list of emperors NOT to use. I can't find the list of "bad" emperors anywhere in the text. It could be me and my failing eyesight after a couple of hours of research, but did that part get edited out? It was a selling point for me, so you might want to edit it from the description if it's no longer a part of the product.
November 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your purchase and your question. I will have to go back and look at the packet. I think if an emperor is not listed as one of the "good" or "appropriate" emperors for students to study, and I know there is such a list, you can assume he was one of the "baddies" and should be avoided. Nevertheless, I will adjust the description if there isn't a list of names for the bad ones. Other than that, I hope you are happy with the product.
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Tammy Schlitter  (TpT Seller) re: Common Core Informational Passages and Assessment Collection: Grade 4-5
Hi Mark, I'm really looking forward to incorporating your relevant and useful resources in my classroom! I would love to know how you used them - primarily whole group or small group settings or a combination of the two. Any tips or advice would be welcomed. Thanks!
September 14, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mark Aaron  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your purchase! I have used these informational texts in a variety of ways. They can be a tool for whole group instruction, but you need a very homogenous group for that to work well. I have used different printables for different ability levels using the Flesch Reading scale as a guide and knowing what each student is capable of. They have also been used in reading groups, with each group of three-four choral reading the same printable and then working through the answers together in centers. I happen to think they are pretty versatile, and I hope you have success with whatever form you choose
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