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Depth and Complexity  Critical Thinking Literature Circles  Book Clubs
Depth and Complexity Critical Thinking Literature Circles Book Clubs
Add some depth and complexity to traditional Literature Circles with this complete and ready-to-use resource! You will be amazed by the level of discussion and critical thinking that will take place among your students. Each Literature Circle role (listed below) is directly connected to 11 elements
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Greek Mythology - Independent Activities for Higher Level Thinking
Greek Mythology - Independent Activities for Higher Level Thinking
This product is a co-labor-ation brought to you by Jen Jones and Michele Oates. Michele is a Gifted and Talented teacher. Are you looking for ways to keep students learning at higher levels even while you're busy at Guided Reading? Or do you have students in need on constant enrichment? Michele a
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Valentine's Box Book Reports
Valentine's Box Book Reports
Valentine's Day Boxes with an academic twist! As a third grade teacher, I try to find an academic connection for all things cutesy and fun, otherwise I really can't justify it. :) If you're looking for a way to bring an academic focus to your Valentine's Day party, this may be rig
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Choice Menus for Second Grade Literature
Choice Menus for Second Grade Literature
In this unit you will find 12 choice boards. These boards have 9 mini choice boards, one for each second grade literature standard and 3 choice boards sorted by the different domains. On each mini choice board, you will find 8 activities for your students to use with their independent reading books
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Chocolate Chip Rubrics: Making Rubrics Tangible & Delicious!
Chocolate Chip Rubrics: Making Rubrics Tangible & Delicious!
Introduce your students to rubrics in a tangible and delicious way! Rubrics are a popular classroom tool. They can be used to lay out expectations for your students, and they can allow for assessment of individual performance. With that said, rubrics are pretty abstract for elemen
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Tall Tales Read and Learn With Comprehension Activities
Tall Tales Read and Learn With Comprehension Activities
Looking to take your students' understanding of tall tales or folk tales a little deeper? The activities included in this unit will have your students digger deeper for knowledge and understanding. This is part of the Primarily Gifted line of products to get your students thinking deeper. Search #pr
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Responding to Literature: Response Sheets for Reading Workshop
Responding to Literature: Response Sheets for Reading Workshop
This Common Core correlated file contains 103 reading response sheets that are SURE to get your students thinking and talking about books! :) Happy Teaching! SKILLS COVERED: - synthesizing - questioning - predicting - visualizing - cause/effect - point of view - dynamic characters - compare/contras
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Let it Snow: Literacy Centers for Winter {Common Core Correlated}
Let it Snow: Literacy Centers for Winter {Common Core Correlated}
Your students will LOVE these winter-themed centers! :) This 97-page common core correlated file is jam-packed with seven literacy based activities! Each center includes teacher directions, student directions, center materials, and recording sheets! Please check out the preview file for a sneak peek!
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CHASING VERMEER! A Spike Literature Video
Spike Literature's video give your students some background on Blue Balliett's exciting art-theft mystery "Chasing Vermeer" while the 'Not-Too-Complicated" Study Guide provides teachers with supplemental assessments, activities and vocabulary. Both video and study guide are available separately.
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Contrived Math--Tricked-Out Word Problems with Ordinary Numbers
Contrived Math--Tricked-Out Word Problems with Ordinary Numbers
This download is for those students and their teachers who enjoy solving somewhat twisted, definitely unusual (aka "tricked out") word math problems. An equal combination of language arts and basic math skills, Contrived Math challenges participants to collect common data, such as the number of days
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The Wind Powered Car: Cross Curricular STEM Project (Grades 3-5)
The Wind Powered Car: Cross Curricular STEM Project (Grades 3-5)
This is an exciting STEM project that spans several days (depending how you'd like to structure it, you could fit it in for two full school days up to a week). This unit is cross curricular, with structured lesson and learning targets in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. It is aligned to the CCSS
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Depth and Complexity Reading Log
Depth and Complexity Reading Log
A reading log that allows your student to record details from their nightly reading. Monday they focus on the big idea of the reading. Tuesday they focus on the language of the discipline. Wednesday they focus on unanswered questions. Thursday they are asked to think about multiple perspectives.
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Reading Comprehension: Using Higher Order Thinking Skills
Reading Comprehension: Using Higher Order Thinking Skills
It is important to attain higher order thinking skills for our students as we tackle the new common core standards. This packet includes different types of activities that will engage your students and challenge their thinking and understanding. The activities are good for large group, small group, p
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Figurative Language for January:  Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole
Figurative Language for January: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole
Figurative Language Figurative Language for January (January in Figurative Language )is a nine-page activity set in two parts with 25 items each. The month of January--its weather and special designations--is the inspiration for the original sentences, famous people quotes, and literature passages
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February Idioms from the Heart
February Idioms from the Heart
February Idioms from the Heart is a combination history and figurative language lesson. Each of the forty original sentences, organized as two separate activities of twenty items each, are constructed around an idiom with the word heart in it. Students are challenged to interpret the hidd
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SCAMPER the Story - Higher Order Thinking for Fiction Texts
SCAMPER the Story - Higher Order Thinking for Fiction Texts
SCAMPER is a tool to enhance creative thinking, developed by Bob Eberle. This mnemonic can be used to help students comprehend stories at a deeper level. S stands for substitute. C stands for combine. A stands for add something. M stands for magnify/minify. P stands for put to other uses.
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Figurative Language for October:  Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Idiom. . .
Figurative Language for October: Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Idiom. . .
Figurative Language Figurative Language for October (October in Figurative Language) focuses on the events and celebrations that take place in October. The original sentences, featuring one or more examples of figurative language, are organized into three different lessons with 25 items each. Stud
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ELA Project Based Learning: Women in History - Supporting opinions using reasons
ELA Project Based Learning: Women in History - Supporting opinions using reasons
Project-based learning is a great way to have your students actively apply the standards in a fun and realistic way! Using this PBL, students will form opinions and arguments using reasons and supporting evidence. This project includes a multimedia component that uses either student computers or tabl
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Responding to Nonfiction: Response Sheets for Reading Workshop
Responding to Nonfiction: Response Sheets for Reading Workshop
This Common Core correlated file contains 53 reading response sheets PLUS reader response book options and extension activities! SKILLS COVERED: - previewing the text - setting a purpose - making predictions - asking and answering questions - vocabulary (general and content-specific) - brainstormin
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Literature Response Book Report Mobile {Optional Interactive Notebook Use}
Literature Response Book Report Mobile {Optional Interactive Notebook Use}
There are literature response book report projects, and then there are literature response book reports projects like this! Included in this kit is everything you need to get your students excited and engaged with their reading responses (both in a mobile AND/OR Interactive journal)! With TWENTY-FI
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Think Tac Toe Bundle:Differentiated Literacy Activities for Any Text
Think Tac Toe Bundle:Differentiated Literacy Activities for Any Text
This Think Tac Toe Bundle contains 3 differentiated lit-tac-toes: Lit Tac Toe for fictional pieces of text, Tic Tac Bio for biographies, and Tic Fact Toe for use with other pieces of expositoy text. Each incorporate leveled tasks that help students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of im
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Teach Me and I Remember: Task Boards for 3rd Grade CCSS Reading Standards
Teach Me and I Remember: Task Boards for 3rd Grade CCSS Reading Standards
You’ve probably already heard the saying, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” by Benjamin Franklin. Well, this lesson is aimed towards getting your students involved to optimize learning by allowing your students to synthesize the information learned in class
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Assessment  Compare and Contrast Informational Text
Assessment Compare and Contrast Informational Text
This is the Common Core Assessment addressing the standard 2.RI.9 Compare and Contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic. A science piece on ladybugs (two articles) and two articles on Jackie Robinson (a timeline and narrative). Two different compare and contrast grap
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Theme Posters for Literature (25 Themes)
Theme Posters for Literature (25 Themes)
This set of posters includes 25 different themes. Each poster includes the theme with a more detailed message. The posters are included in regular 8.5 by 11 as well as a smaller size of 2 posters per page. Use this as reference as you discuss theme in your class. The following themes are included:
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Common Core Reading Choice Boards {Informational Text - 2nd Grade}
Common Core Reading Choice Boards {Informational Text - 2nd Grade}
First and foremost, I have to give a huge shout out and thank you to the one and only Jennifer Findley from Teaching to Inspire in 5th, for so kindly giving me her permission and blessing to create a second grade version of her amazing choice boards. In this unit you will find 13 choice boards. T
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GATE nonfiction reading response log
GATE nonfiction reading response log
This is a reading response sheet that uses the GATE icons of depth and complexity. It can be used by GATE and nonGATE students. It makes responding to non fiction books more meaningful and challenging than typical non fiction response sheets. It can be used for homework or as a guide for literature c
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Novel Unit for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Novel Unit for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
My biggest and most thorough novel unit yet! Almost 100 pages! This novel unit contains everything you need to teach the novel The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. Includes: Vocabulary Comprehension and discussion questions with answer keys Vocabulary practice exercises
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Common Core Unit
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Common Core Unit
Everything you need to teach the Wizard of Oz. It can be adapted for multiple grade levels and encompasses all aspects of common core. This unit is designed around the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. It includes a months worth of ELA lessons. This unit includes: - teacher
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Figurative Language for April:  Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Personification
Figurative Language for April: Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Personification
Figurative Language for April (Celebrating April with Figurative Language) is a 12-page activity organized in three parts with 25 items each. April's festive, fun list of special occasions forms the basis for the original sentences, famous people quotes, and poetry excerpts that illustrate the use
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Inference Cards for Primary and Intermediate Grades
Inference Cards for Primary and Intermediate Grades
Do your students need more practice with inference skills? Here are cards to do as a whole class, small group, partners, or at centers. All cards have a short passage and ask the student to infer what happened and how he/she came to that conclusion. The more your students practice, the better they wi
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Figurative Language for February:  Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration
Figurative Language for February: Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration
Figurative Language for February (February Figuratively Speaking) is a 13 page activity organized in three parts with 25 items each. February's jam-packed list of special occasions forms the basis for the original sentences, famous people quotes, and literature passages that illustrate the use of s
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ESCAPE ROOM ELA COMPREHENSION & WRITING BREAKOUT ACTIVITY
ESCAPE ROOM ELA COMPREHENSION & WRITING BREAKOUT ACTIVITY
Your kids are locked in school forever...unless they can work in groups to solve a series of FUN comprehension and writing challenges and puzzles! Using critical thinking skills, problem-solving, reading comprehension, figurative language, and writing (we even threw in a simple math problem for tho
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Listening & Following Directions Back To School Edition +Reading Comprehension
Listening & Following Directions Back To School Edition +Reading Comprehension
Listening and Following Directions – Back to School Edition An activity that challenges students to listen and pay attention to detail. This activity is designed to challenge students to follow oral and/or written directions and complete tasks in the correct locations on a map. During the activity t
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STAX Independent Reading Program for Advanced and GATE
STAX Independent Reading Program for Advanced and GATE
Need to differentiate for advanced readers? Everyone seems to have one or two readers who are simply beyond the group. With the Novel STAX Independent Reading Program, you’ll be differentiating instruction today! Why purchase independent reading guides for your advanced and GATE readers when the
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Comparing Cinderella Stories - Fourth Grade
Comparing Cinderella Stories - Fourth Grade
Have some fun with Cinderella folklore and parody! Kids (and teachers) of all ages will enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of Cinderella stories, looking for common elements, and more. Press the PREVIEW button above to get a peek at the entire product. Activities: *Cinderel
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Text Features: Book Creator project
Text Features: Book Creator project
Text Features: Book Creator differentiated project Looking to integrate technology into your classroom but don’t have the time to create the projects? This differentiated text features project is a great hands on activity to get your kids engaged about non-fiction in a meaningful wa
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Test Prep to support the format of GATES vocab and STAR Early Literacy
Test Prep to support the format of GATES vocab and STAR Early Literacy
These three practice tests will help familiarize your students with the format and question answer technique found in both the First Grade GATES vocabulary test and the STAR Early Literacy tests. The tests have pictures that the students have to choose the correct word with the correct spelling. I
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Informational Text for October and Halloween
Informational Text for October and Halloween
Informational Text Halloween Theme Informational Text for October begins with an article about Frankenstein’s monster. Not only is he one of Halloween’s most versatile characters, he is also a star of stage, screen, and TV. The strange thing is—he has never had a name and he owes everything to his
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Thanksgiving Researchable Food Trivia--Yum or Yuck?
Thanksgiving Researchable Food Trivia--Yum or Yuck?
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Serve your students this two-course activity of researchable food trivia (thirty items each). Are the foods in question YUM or YUCK? With the facts uncovered, one must ponder and decide "To eat, or not to eat?" Plan for a few lively class discussions/arguments alon
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Westing Game Wanted Posters
Westing Game Wanted Posters
Directions and rubric to make Wanted Posters for The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin. This will work well for 5th thru 9th grade. These can be passed out directly to students to use as directions and then scored by the teacher for a grade. Can be adapted for other books. Excellent for GATE students.
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Informational Text: The American Search for Utopia:  Free (CCSS Aligned)
Informational Text: The American Search for Utopia: Free (CCSS Aligned)
This free, original Informational Text reading resource is taken from my teaching pack for Gordon Korman's popular book SCHOOLED. The selected informational text--"The American Search for Utopia"-- is designed to provide students with background information that will heighten their understa
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The Watsons go to Birmingham Challenge Task Cards
The Watsons go to Birmingham Challenge Task Cards
These cards can be used to enrich a student's experience with the novel The Watsons go to Birmingham. There are 17 activities which include both lower level and higher level thinking.
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GATE reading response log
GATE reading response log
Reading response log using GATE icons of depth and complexity. For use when students are finished reading a chapter book. Can be used with all students, not just GATE students. This response log makes responding to literature a more meaningful and challenging activity.
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GATE Social-Emotional PERFECTIONISM - Open in Case of Emergency
GATE Social-Emotional PERFECTIONISM - Open in Case of Emergency
Great Gripe of Gifted Kids #3 – Teachers and friends expect us to be perfect, to “do our best” all the time. This gripe, however, seems to pale in comparison to the sometimes impossible standards to which gifted learners hold themselves. Both an important lesson about perfectionism and strong GATE
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Plot Elements Choice Menu Pack for Differentiation and Extension {Common Core}
Plot Elements Choice Menu Pack for Differentiation and Extension {Common Core}
This pack contains everything you need to implement a choice menu successfully in your classroom, whether it's the first or the millionth time. Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, it will challenge your students and allow them to choose how they show their learning in a way that enhances not just keeps them
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Ancient Rome Inquiry Project With Lapbook and Research Report
Ancient Rome Inquiry Project With Lapbook and Research Report
This Ancient Rome project-based learning activity is a great resource to pair with your current Social Studies textbook. It includes a lap book for notetaking on the different facets of Ancient Rome. The included inquiry project gives students the ability to CHOOSE an area in Ancient Rome they are in
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Idiom Game
Idiom Game
This small-group group figurative language game (part of my Figurative Language Resource Bundle) will help students become more familiar with the idioms they encounter in reading.
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Chistmas Informational Text  5 Things You Didn't Know about Christmas Songs
Chistmas Informational Text 5 Things You Didn't Know about Christmas Songs
Informational Text Christmas Theme Christmas Informational Text 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Christmas Songs” is a set of five original articles based on 5 familiar Christmas songs. Each text features a little-known fact about a particular song. In many cases, events from American history were inv
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Author's Purpose
Author's Purpose
Students will read 11 different scenarios and determine if the author's purpose is to: inform, entertain, or persuade.
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FREE Who's My Character - Higher Order Thinking Skills Game
FREE Who's My Character - Higher Order Thinking Skills Game
Students utilize Drawing Conclusion and Questioning Skills in this Whole Class Activity. Directions: Write character names onto the labels or headbands. The teacher will put the labels on the student's back or headband onto their head. Then, students walk around and ask their classmates question
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Book Clubs: A Fresh Look at Literature Circles
Book Clubs: A Fresh Look at Literature Circles
Book Club is an alternate way of doing Literature Circles in your classroom that concentrates more on depth of thought and writing than the traditional Literature Circle does. Rather than filling out a prescribed form where students give short, closed answers, each student addresses a series of open
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Discussion Questions for Any Chapter Book
Discussion Questions for Any Chapter Book
Here are 20 printable question strips to use with any chapter book. These questions will spark discussions in your book club or literature circles, they will prompt writing in journals, and they will show the level at which your students are comprehending the book they are reading. Print them, cut th
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Character Report Card - Characterization
Character Report Card - Characterization
This is a fun way to teach characterization while increasing vocabulary! Review vocabulary words on the character's report card. Have students choose a character from a book, or the teacher could select the character. Have students grade the character on each vocabulary word. The student must giv
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