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We have been using Math Bags for years and have seen a lot of great things come from them. We wanted a similar format for our Language Arts block (and we had several requests from Math Bag fans)....thus, Literacy Bags were born! When we created these, we wanted a system in which the students could work on independent LA activities while we meet with students in small groups. We didn’t want to...
- change LA centers every week - 2 weeks OR
- use tons of colored ink (which is often paid for by teachers!) OR
- have lots of papers to grade
Basically, Literacy Bags are LA activities that can be done independently. There are 10 Literacy Bags for each of the main LA strands; Reading Foundational Skills, Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, and Language. Each Literacy Bag is designed so that it can be done by one student or a pair of students. We worked to make the Literacy Bags engaging, but also at a skill level where students can work independently. The activity direction pages were made in a kid friendly manner (with both words and pictures) to limit the need to ask questions while the teacher is busy with other students. Just like the Math Bags, Literacy Bags do not have a written response worksheet to be completed or “turned in.” We feel we have plenty of opportunities to grade work outside of this time in our day. With Literacy Bags, students manipulate task cards, clip answers with a clothespin, match cards together, etc., but do not write their answers on a worksheet. Literacy Bags are printed on color card stock and DO NOT require color ink!
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This 354 page packet includes FORTY centers. They are listed below by strand (with standard noted):
Character Comparing (compare / contrast characters) RL 1.1 and 1.9
Super Sequencing (putting story events in order) RL 1.2
Setting Surprise (determining the setting) RL 1.3 and 1.7
Character Connecting (character traits) RL 1.9
Story Elements Sort (examples of story elements) RL 1.3 and 1.7
True or False...Story Style (story retell) RL 1.2 and 1.7
Lovely Lessons (determining the central message) RL 1.2
Mr. Fix It (problem and solution) RL 1.3 and 1.7
Thumbs Up for Story Elements (examples of story elements) RL 1.3 and 1.7
Poems Galore (poetry and senses) RL 1.4
Homophone Horses L 1.4
Antonyms are the Apple of My Eye L 1.5
Preposition Pick Up L 1.1I
Picking Pronouns 1.1D
Attach the Actions (verbs) 1.5D
Thumbs Up for Adjectives 1.1F
Verbs All Around (past, present, future) 1.1E
Nancy Noun (proper, common, possessive) 1.1B and 1.1C
Stuck on Conjunctions 1.1G
Singular or Plural? 1.1C
Reading Foundational Skills:
Blends Bonanza RF 1.2
Digraph Darlings RF 1.3A
Sight Word Scrabble RF 1.3G
Where’s the Sound? (beginning, medial, and final sounds) RF 1.2
What Doesn’t Belong? (short vowels) 1.2
Slithering Through Syllables RF 1.3D
Down on the Farm With Nonsense Words RF RF 1.2
Riddle Me Word Work (long vowels) RF 1.3C
e is the Magic Letter (-e rule) RF 1.3C
Rhyming Roundup RF 1.2
Reading Informational Text:
**Photographs were used in this part of Literacy Bags (vs. clip art or graphics) to be more "real world" applicable.**
Text Types (fiction vs. nonfiction) RI 1.5
Text Feature Turn Over RI 1.5 and 1.6
Fact or Opinion RI 1.5
Can, Have, Are (details) RI 1.1
Where Would This Be (type of nonfiction text) RI 1.5
Picture This (photographs) RI 1.6
What’s the Main Idea RI 1.2
Words Around Us (vocabulary) RI 1.4
Articles in Action (details) RI 1.1 and 1.9
Similar and Different (details and comparing / contrasting) RI 1.1 and 1.3
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