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Depth and Complexity 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 with related Depth and Complexity Icons (known in
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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
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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
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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,
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Choice Boards Literature for Second 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
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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 -
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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!
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 -
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This lesson contains four different nonfiction reading packets. Each packet has articles centered around a common theme. The articles were specifically designed to help students identify text structures, point of view, and fact and opinion. They
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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
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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
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SCAMPER the Story - Use Higher Order Thinking Skills with 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. Included in this
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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
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This correlates with Common Core RL.5.3, RL.4.9 Compare and Contrast. I have a series of skill worksheets and matching assessments that I have created for my reading instruction. In general, I focus on one reading skill each week (this particular
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Literature Response Mobile Project {Optional Interactive Notebook Use} : There are literature response projects, and then there are literature response projects like this! Included in this kit is everything you need to get your students excited
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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
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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
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**Includes forming opinions and arguments using reasons and supporting evidence. Project-based learning is a great way to have your students actively apply the standards in a fun and realistic way! This project includes a multimedia component that
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Figurative Language 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,
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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
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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.
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Figurative Language 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
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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
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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
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In this GATE engineering journey, students will each construct a very cool Ferris wheel prototype as a final product. Along the way, they will examine primary source images, read primary source history, and integrate math, engineering, and
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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?"
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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
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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
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Informational Text--October Themes 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
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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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Take your literature circles to the next level! These literature circle roles integrate Thinking Maps, Gate Depth & Complexity icons, and discussion questions. Also included are bookmarks to designate roles. These literature circle roles were
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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
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Listening and Following Directions – Valentine’s Day 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
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Need a fun, hands-on word building activity to differentiate for your higher or gifted readers in kindergarten and first grade? This 13 page Crazy Compounds document includes it all: directions page with five activities, several pages of compound
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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
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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
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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
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Students will read 11 different scenarios and determine if the author's purpose is to: inform, entertain, or persuade.
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Looking for a sure way to get your students excited about reading and writing informational texts? Try these differentiated Winter Sports themed graphic organizers and Paper Choices. There are over 150 different graphic organizers and writing
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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,
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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Informational Text Christmas Theme 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
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