Research shows that both reading and writing instruction are most effective when they are connected. This packet of activities all about topics appropriate for April is an effective way to connect reading to writing in your classroom. These activities are aligned with Common Core reading and writing standards and WIDA ELD standards for English language learners.
Included are 4 differentiated reading activities that connect reading to writing with post-reading writing activities. The differentiation provides accessibility for a variety of students. Each topic includes three leveled readings at lexile levels (basic, on grade level, advanced) appropriate for grades 3-5, and three leveled activities to match the readings. Each reading on a topic contains the same information, but the language varies slightly to achieve easier or more difficult readability.
Each page is marked with the CCSS standard it satisfies and a discreet symbol that tells the teacher the level of the reading or activity. Though these activities are aligned specifically with 4th grade CCSS, they can meet standards for both 3rd and 5th grades as well.
-The American Civil War
-The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
-The Pony Express
Reading/Writing skills include:
-Fact and Opinion
-Main Idea and Details
-Comparing primary and secondary sources
The nature of this packet allows for it to be used for differentiated whole group instruction, reading groups, or literacy centers. For more information, please see a review of this type of product
from a classroom teacher!
As another way to extend your students’ understanding of the topics, this packet also contains Augmented Reality within the images. All you need is the FREE Aurasma App for your Ipad or Android Tablet. Subscribe to my Aurasma channel (http://auras.ma/s/U04TN) and watch the topics come to life for your students after they read. Full instructions for utilizing this technology are included in the packet. For a quick tutorial on getting started with Augmented Reality, check out my video on How to Use My Augmented Reality Items
Any claims of correlation or alignment to the CCSS or the WIDA ELP Standards are solely those of Tools for Teachers by Laurah J. and have not been evaluated by the NGA or WIDA.
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