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Main Idea Task Cards: Differentiated with stated and non-stated topic sentence
Each of these Main Idea cards features a short informational text (nonfiction) passage to help your students master this challenging reading strategy. The 48 cards are divided into two sets of 24 cards each for differentiated learning. The paragraphs on Set 1 begin with a topic sentence, which mak
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Summarizing Task Cards: Informational Text Short Passages
Each of these 24 Task Cards features a short, nonfiction paragraph. Students are challenged to summarize the paragraph in just twelve words or less. By presenting only one paragraph at a time, the often overwhelming task of summarizing becomes much more manageable. In addition, the word count limit

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Cause and Effect Task Cards with Short Passages
Use these 24 cards to help your students identify cause and effect relationships in text. Each card features a short passage and asks students to identify both a cause and an effect from the text. Great for test prep or as extra practice for your text structures lesson. You could use them orally w
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Informational Text Structures Task Cards
Here are 32 short passage cards to help students identify different types of informational text structures. Five text structures are used: description, sequence (sometime called chronological), compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Each card features a short informationa

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Nonfiction Text Features Task Cards for Informational Text
Use these 23 Nonfiction Text Feature Task Cards as a supplemental activity to increase your students' understanding and to help them to use nonfiction (informational text) resources more effectively. Each of these 23 cards includes a nonfiction text feature term, a short definition, and a writing ta

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Reading Comprehension Passages
Informational Text Reading Skills and Close Reading Task Cards for Comprehension Skill Review Engage your readers with high-interest reading comprehension passages and corresponding questions! This resource includes 32 half-page informational text task cards with 4 comprehension questions and task

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Comparing Texts on the Same Topic Task Cards
16 sets of paired passages (32 informational passages total) to help students compare texts on the same topic or event. Each card includes two passages with an overall main idea and also an individual focus to each passage. This product also includes a comprehension quick check page (one question

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Summarizing Paraphrasing Quoting Task Cards
16 half-page informational text task cards with three prompts on each card to help your students practice summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting nonfiction texts! Have you students complete all three prompts to learn and easily see the difference between the three concepts, or have them complete on

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Analyzing Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts of the Same Event Task Cards
16 sets of paired passages (32 informational passages total) to help students analyze firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event. Each set of paired passages includes a firsthand account as well as a secondhand account. This product also includes two posters describing the difference betw

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Text Detectives- Find the Text Evidence! January Edition
Do your students have trouble finding text evidence to support their answers to basic comprehension questions? After reading short passages, your students will underline the textual evidence that answers each basic comprehension question using a simple color-code. The January pack is perfect for le
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Titanic! Nonfiction Text Features & Comparing Multiple Accounts 4-8 NO PREP
Spice up your lessons with this Titanic Pack! Students practice identifying and using nonfiction text features in natural context. They'll also compare multiple accounts of survivor stories. Just like all of my other activity packs, these lessons are FUN, extremely high-interest, organized, RIGOROUS

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Text Evidence Tasks: Nonfiction Articles for Finding & Using Text Evidence
Text Evidence Tasks for Grades 4-6: Students read a two-page article on Popular Dog Breeds, the complete Tasks One, Two, & Three: Task One: Doggie Stats - Students must skim the article for text evidence to find specific information for graphic organizer. Task Two: Matching Dogs & Owners - S
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Nonfiction Text Features Foldable Craftivity (intro version and book version)
This engaging foldable pack includes two different activities related to nonfiction text features. ACTIVITY 1: Introduction to Text Features Foldable- I use this as an introduction activity. I give each student a packet, and I place my own copy under the doc camera. We go through each text feat
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Nonfiction TEXT FEATURES Posters & Activities
With ELA standards putting a heavy emphasis on non-fiction, being able to use text features is essential to reading success. This is a set of 14 posters plus two corresponding activities to help students identify, understand, and use text features. Each poster measures 8x10 and includes an illustr

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Text Detectives- Find the Text Evidence! November Edition
Do your students have trouble finding text evidence to support their answers to basic comprehension questions? After reading short passages, your students will underline the textual evidence that answers each basic comprehension question using a simple color-code. This Text Detectives pack includes
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Restate the Question Task Cards
32 DIFFERENTIATED Restating the Question Task Cards! Each card includes a brief paragraph (16 fiction restating the question cards and 16 nonfiction restating the question cards) and a short who, what, where, when, why, or how question to be answered. The brief passages and questions are designed
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Main Idea Task Cards & Assessment
Finding the main idea of a paragraph is the focus of these task cards and assessments/worksheets. • Task Cards - Students read a paragraph on each card, choose the correct main idea, and record their answer. Includes 20 task cards, recording sheet, answer key. These can be used in literacy centers,

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Informational Text Structures Craftivity (featuring 20 passages!!)
Text Structure Craftivity: This engaging activity puts a fun spin on learning nonfiction text structures! It also makes a creative bulletin board or school hallway display! It can even be used as a valuable addition to your students' interactive notebooks! I split this activity into two days. D
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Text Detectives- Find the Text Evidence! February Edition
Do your students have trouble finding text evidence to support their answers to basic comprehension questions? After reading short passages, your students will underline the textual evidence that answers each basic comprehension question using a simple color-code. The February pack is perfect for l
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Main Idea PowerPoint
Main Idea PowerPoint: This is a step-by-step PowerPoint designed to introduce main idea and supporting details. This 47-slide PowerPoint was designed to accompany my best selling "main idea ice cream cone craftivity", so be sure to check out that product, too! I hope that by using this ice cream co
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A Roller Coaster Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plan Thematic Unit for GRADES 5-6 CCSS
A Roller Coaster Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plan Thematic Unit for GRADES 5-6 CCSS Grades 5-6. This packet includes everything you need for a complete interdisciplinary interactive unit on roller coasters. I created this unit to leave with a sub for 5th-6th graders to complete in a day. The students
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Text Detectives- Find the Text Evidence! December Edition
Do your students have trouble finding text evidence to support their answers to basic comprehension questions? After reading short passages, your students will underline the textual evidence that answers each basic comprehension question using a simple color-code. The December pack is perfect for l
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Reading Genre and Text Types Display Posters
45 genre posters to display one at a time or all year long! Adorable clipart and short explanations for all readers includes: fiction and nonfiction posters for younger grades or headers PLUS all these more specific genres informational literature prose fiction bio autobiography memoir myth pourquo
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Nonfiction Text Feature Powerpoint
This nonfiction text feature power point presentation works perfectly by itself, however was intended to compliment my Nonfiction Text Feature Activities with Real Nonfiction Articles. It highlights 25 different text features in four sections including, Section One: map, pie chart, title, subtitle,
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A Zoo Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plan Thematic Unit for Grades 3-4 Common Core
A Zoo Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plan Thematic Unit for Grades 3-4 Common Core For Grades 3-4. For my 5th-6th grade version with more complex text and tasks, click here. This packet includes everything you need for a complete interdisciplinary interactive unit on zoo animals. I created this unit to l
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Washington and Lincoln Timelines {Presidents} for Kindergarten and First Grade
Want all my timelines? Click here to get all 10 of them! MEGA Bundle Timelines for Social Studies You are receiving simple timelines (blackline versions) to use with Kindergarten and First Grade. Perfect for an introduction to the basic timeline concept or after reading presidential biographies on
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Informational Text Features Task Cards
These 32 multiple choice cards to help your students understand the different types of informational text (nonfiction) features such as index, glossary, bold print, diagrams, maps, captions etc. In addition to the 32 question cards, there is also a Challenge Card that can be used with any other card

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Comparing and Contrasting- 6  Nonfiction Passages
UPDATED Nov 2016- Fixed formatting on pages that had the last choice blocked. *UPDATED Jan 2014- same great content, new formatting. Much more student friendly! *UPDATED Nov 2014- formatted font to make it easier to differentiate between commas and periods. This is a nonfiction text set that incl
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Thanksgiving Activities
Thanksgiving Activities for Reading and Writing, Grades 4-8 Forget your old Thanksgiving lesson plans! Your students do NOT want to hear about the first Thanksgiving, and they DEFINITELY do NOT want to write dull paragraphs about the things they are thankful for. Seriously. They DON’T! Spice up y

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Inference Task Cards - Inferencing with Informational Text
Use these 24 informational text (nonfiction) inference task cards to help your students draw conclusions and make inferences. Each card features a short, engaging passage, a text-dependent inference question, and a second question requiring students to justify their response. There is also a cover
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Text Structure Task Cards
This set of 32 task cards will give your upper elementary and middle school students an opportunity to practice reading nonfiction passages and identifying the five types of text structures. These are the text structures addressed in Common Core Reading standards. It addresses the following five
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Main Idea and Details Craftivity- The Earth Foldable Book
Here's a hands-on, creative way to practice identifying the main idea and detail sentences! This is an engaging activity where your students match 3 details to the main idea. All of the main idea sentences are related to the Earth. These are the main ideas: Earth has a very specific place in the s
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NonFiction Text Structure Sort
Non-fiction sort board, cards and recording sheet. This sort activity is intended for use at a literacy center. How does this work? The student places the six category cards on the marked spots. Next, they place the appropriate definition cards under the category cards. Then they sort the 18 n
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Compare and Contrast Informational Texts on the Same Topic-  RI.2.9 & RI.3.9
Reading comprehension passages and questions aligned to 2nd & 3rd Grade Common Core Compare/ Contrast standards. Encourages students to use text evidence in their answers by color coding. Texts are leveled 560-820. Makes differentiation and scaffolding easy! Table of Contents 1. How Readers

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Informational Text Structures PowerPoint
Nonfiction Text Structures PowerPoint: This powerpoint is ideal if you want to introduce the 5 nonfiction text structures to your students. Plus, all of the example paragraphs are related to soccer!! As a bonus, this file includes a 4-page PowerPoint companion. Students can write on the companion h
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What Does the "Text" Say?
“What Does the Fox Say?” is such hit with kids right now! Why not use the catchy tune, to engage them in finding text evidence?! This “Ready-to-Print” product contains 13 reading response printables that require students to pull direct quotes from a selection. These printables can be used on thei
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Author's Purpose Unit Bundle: Persuade Inform Entertain Explain Describe
Author's Purpose Interactive Notebook Activity, Test, Posters, Task Cards: Persuade Inform Entertain Explain Describe This Author's Purpose pack is for teaching the expanded 5 author's purposes: Persuade, Inform, Entertain, Explain, and Describe. Teach author's purpose with these 5 colorful posters
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Informational Text Response (Non-Fiction Text Features Main Idea) Any Text
This is a wonderful tool that works with any type of informational or non-fiction text. This resource is Common Core aligned and was created for upper grades. Students are scaffolded through this response sheet. Students must complete a pre-read where they state what the article will be about, what
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Nonfiction Text Features: Images- RI.2.7 & RI.3.7
Reading comprehension passages and questions (multiple choice and short response) aligned to 2nd & 3rd Grade Common Core standard: how images contribute to and clarify a text. Encourages students to use text evidence in their answers by color coding. Levels are included for each text! Levels

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Comparing Fiction and Nonfiction | Fiction vs Nonfiction
Do your students need help understanding the differences between fiction vs nonfiction texts? These sorting activities are perfect for making an anchor chart for your classroom as your students are learning to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction. You could also use the descriptor cards in an
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Text Structure Coloring Printables
Text Structure Coloring Printables Text Structure of nonfiction is a difficult skill for students to understand. The best way I've found to teach it involves two things: 1 - Giving the students texts about the same topic but different structures side by side so they can see the difference in how
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Nonfiction Text Features Assessment 1: Sharks
Nonfiction Text Features Assessment 1: Sharks Covers Common Core Reading Standards: 3rd: 3RI1, 3RI2, 3RI5, 3RI7 4th: 4RI1, 4RI2, 4RI7 Key Terms: heading, caption, diagram, bolded text, title, topic sentence, photo 20 Questions- labeling nonfiction text features, multiple choice, & short answ
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Wax Museum: Biography Research Report for 3rd - 6th Grade | Biography Project
This 27 page Wax Museum Project will help your students create a biography research report on a famous person. The culminating part of the project is an amazing Wax Museum event, where students dress up as the person they have learned about and stand “still”, like a Wax Museum, until someone walks u
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THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES: FIRST THANKSGIVING LAPBOOK WITH RESOURCES
This Thanksgiving interactive lapbook is a high interest activity for any elementary grade level. Lapbooks can be used in every subject area, and they are perfect for differentiation in the classroom as students compare the Pilgrims and Native Americans. This product incorporates common core skills
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A Zoo Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plans Thematic Unit for Grades 5-6 Common Core
A Zoo Day 7-Hour Complete Sub Plans Thematic Unit for Grades 5-6 Common Core For Grades 5-6. This packet includes everything you need for a complete interdisciplinary interactive unit on zoo animals. I created this unit to leave with a sub for 5th-6th graders to complete in a day. The students work
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Expository Text – Steve Jobs & Tools of Rhetoric, Non-Fiction, Multimedia, CCSS
Show your students a real-world application of the tools of rhetoric (ethos, pathos, and logos) as they examine the 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address given by Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs. The speech, which is filled with warmth, humor, and meaning, is a high-interest way to add the non-f
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Main Idea PowerPoint Lesson
What's the Main Idea? PowerPoint Lesson and Test Prep Main Idea: Use this PowerPoint lesson which contains short narrative and expository paragraphs to teach or reteach the idea of identifying the main idea. This presentation is designed to aid you with the following Common Core Standard for gra
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Main Idea and Details Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions
Main Idea and Supporting Details These passages are designed to help students become confident identifying the main idea of a text and understanding how details support the main idea. This file includes 10 passages. Each passage is presented twice. In the first set, the passages are followed by
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Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentence SORT
Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentence Sort This cute activity requires students to cut out the sentences and glue them in the correct place - great for your kinesthetic learners! After the sentences are sorted, you can also have students order them in sequential order as they build to a short sto
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Text Feature Surgery | EDITABLE
Do your students struggle with text features? Have your students become doctors and perform "Text Feature Surgery" with a fiction or nonfiction text! This product is EDITABLE so you can choose your own text features to focus on! To make this product more engaging, pick up masks, hair caps, and glov
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Nonfiction Text Features Kapow - Game / Center Common Core
Nonfiction Text Features Kapow is sure to be a hit with your students! This new and exciting game will have your students on the edge of their seats as they practice and review nonfiction text features. Being that the Common Core has a big focus on nonfiction, you can be sure that you are providing
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Comprehension Strategy Posters for Nonfiction Texts
These comprehension strategy posters focus on the 9 reading comprehension strategies for informational or nonfiction texts: • Asking Questions • Determining Importance • Inferring • Making Connections • Monitoring Comprehension • Predicting • Summarizing • Synthesizing • Visualizing Student
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