Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles

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Using this program in your classroom on a regular basis will ensure that you are teaching the Common Core Reading Literature and Vocabulary Acquisition & Use Standards for third and fourth grade.

Although this program is designed specifically for third and fourth grade classes, it can certainly be used in second (end of year) and fifth grade classes as well.

Included in this Launching Literature Circles Program are the following elements:
• Quick Start Guide (16 pages)
o Overview of Launching Literature Circles Program
o Third Grade CCSS Alignment Breakdown
o Fourth Grade CCSS Alignment Breakdown
o An outline of how to start literature circles in your class
o Literature Circle Group Goal Sheet Printable
o Literature Circle Book Checkout Sheet Printable
o Literature Circle Student Check-In Schedule Printable
o Literature Circle Projects Choice Menu Printable
• The Launching Literature Circles PowerPoint (74 slides)
o You will use the book Freckle Juice by Judy Blume to launch literature circles in your classroom.
o A detailed presentation that guides you through the process of training your students how to do literature circles while reading the book Freckle Juice.
• Literature Circle Log Printable (18 pages)
• Literature Circle Notebook Printable (8 task cards and cover to cut & paste)
• Literature Circle Job Posters Printables (7 posters)
• A Blank/Customizable Literature Circles PPT Template (16 slides)

Why Should I Start Using Literature Circles In My Classroom?
Literature circles are a wonderful way to exercise student reading comprehension skills, writing skills, and speaking skills while reading a novel as a whole class. Literature circles also boost confidence, creativity and collaboration among students when implemented effectively.

High engagement is maintained as students are expected to complete a different job each day of the week and have the option to complete enrichment projects if they produce a high-quality product before share out time. Every day, students have the opportunity to share and display their hard work and deep thinking as they attempt to challenge their classmates during share out time.

Differentiation is a breeze with this system as all jobs and enrichment projects lead students to demonstrate their unique skills and knowledge.

Common Core Standards Addressed By This Product:
ELA-Literacy RL.3.1
ELA-Literacy RL.3.3
ELA-Literacy RL.3.5
ELA-Literacy RL.3.4
ELA-Literacy L.3.5b
ELA-Literacy L.3.4

ELA-Literacy RL.4.1
ELA-Literacy RL.4.2
ELA-Literacy RL.4.3
ELA-Literacy RL.4.4
ELA-Literacy RL.4.6
ELA-Literacy RL.4.7
ELA-Literacy L.4.4
ELA-Literacy L.4.5

ELA-Literacy RL.5.1
ELA-Literacy RL.5.2
ELA-Literacy RL.5.4
ELA-Literacy RL.5.5
ELA-Literacy RL.5.6
ELA-Literacy RL.5.7
ELA-Literacy L.5.4.a-c
ELA-Literacy L.5.5.a-c

Related Products:
If you already have lit circles up and running in your classroom and are simply looking for tools to optimize your lit circles for common core, you may be interested in the following products.

Common Core Literature Circles Job Posters

Common Core Literature Circles Student Notebook

Common Core Literature Circles Student Log

The BFG Common Core Literature Circle Guide


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Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles
Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles
Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles
Getting Started With Common Core Literature Circles