In my classroom, I struggled with a way to teach a short focus lesson, have differentiated reading groups tied to good literature, have meaningful rotations and incorporate fiction and non-fiction. I wanted the non-fiction to inform the fiction and the fiction to suck-kids-in and entice them to keep reading. So I combined Mary Pope Osborne’s engaging Magic Tree House books with her fact tracker books and made a paired reading tri-fold for each.
Every unit consists of 1 tri-fold per week for a 4-week unit. I use the same standard on each given day (no matter the unit), so I could have one group on The Knight at Dawn while another group is on Revolutionary War on Wednesday—but my focus lesson will apply to both.
I chose questions on the standards many states focus on the most to allow extra practice in these.