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I created some materials to go with our reading series text "Because of Winn Dixie" from the Reading Street 4th grade textbook by Scott Foresman. I normally read the first chapter of "Because of Winn Dixie" to my students to get them interested in the story. They LOVE the first chapter. Then I explain what an excerpt from a book is and then they can connect to what is in our Pearson reading book.
I normally give students a spelling/vocabulary sheet on the Friday before the week we start the story to get students familiar with the words. They have the opportunity to take a spelling test on Monday and move up to the Amazing list for the Friday test.
I made a question worksheet that goes with the story in the book where students can fill in questions as they read or if they are re-reading the story. This helps students go back to the text to pull information out of the story.
I made vocabulary cards for a matching game to use with students that are colored or just black and white. You could also give each student a card in the class and they could find their match with another student and stand by each other. One sheet I made with the matching cards small so that they can take them home and practice.
Amazing word list
Word Analysis sheet - The sheet has word endings -ed and practice bubbles where students need to create their own words.
Vocabulary test - this is a short, fill in the blank test
Comprehension Reading questions - this sheet has page numbers and questions based on skills that are focused on for the week.
Individual vocabulary matching cards
Class vocabulary matching cards
Creative Clips - frames and clip art