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Reading Notebook *2nd-3rd Grade* INFORMATIONAL TEXT

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2nd - 3rd
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  1. Differentiated 2nd grade or 3rd grade reading notebooks! These two notebooks include EVERYTHING you need to teach the CCSS reading (informational text and literature) standards in a 2nd grade or 3rd grade classroom. The materials are all differentiated for your learners who need a little extra suppo
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Differentiated 2nd grade or 3rd grade reading notebook! This notebook includes EVERYTHING you need to teach the CCSS informational standards in a 2nd grade or 3rd grade classroom. The materials are all differentiated for your learners who need a little extra support and for those who are ready for more complex tasks.

Ask and Answer Questions (RI.2.1 and RI.3.1)
Main Topic and Idea (RI.2.2 and RI.3.2)
Connections and Sequence (RI.2.3 and RI.3.3)
Vocabulary (RI.2.4 and RI.3.4)
Text Features (RI.2.5 and RI.3.5)
Purpose of the Text (RI.2.6 and RI.3.6)
Images and Diagrams (RI.2.7 and RI.3.7)
Author's Point and Reasons (RI.2.8 and RI.3.8)
Compare and Contrast Two Texts (RI.2.9 and RI.3.9)

(You can purchase each unit separately if you click on the link in the unit titles.)

You may be interested in the matching LITERATURE notebook found here:
Reading Notebook *2nd-3rd Grade* LITERATURE
Or you could get both notebooks in a BUNDLE at a discounted price:
Reading Notebook *2nd-3rd Grade* INFORMATIONAL TEXT and LITERATURE BUNDLE

Each unit is aligned to a Common Core standard. However, the units are referred to by title, instead of number. Non-Common Core schools will not be distracted by Common Core language or terminology.

Reading Notebook *4th-5th Grade* INFORMATIONAL TEXT

Reading Notebook *4th-5th Grade* LITERATURE

Reading Notebook *4th-5th Grade* INFORMATIONAL TEXT and LITERATURE BUNDLE

Every classroom has a range of learners. Some students need to move at a slower pace. Others are ready for more advanced work. This pack includes activities for ALL of these learners. Everything is differentiated. Activities are discreetly marked so that you know, but your students do not.

***********WHAT IS INCLUDED IN EVERY UNIT? ***********
Mentor Text List
This list of suggested books works great for student texts or using in an Interactive Read Aloud.

Notebook Supplies
The notebook cover, tabs, chapter covers, and pockets are all included. Everything here fits perfectly into a notebook. It is all minimal prep and minimal cutting and pasting.

Reading Bookmarks
The bookmarks are a reminder to the student of how to apply the skills they are learning. It includes sentence prompts and questions they should think about while reading. The prompts work seamlessly with the included notebook printables.

Differentiated Passages and Questions
There are three articles included in each unit. Each article is written at two differentiated levels for a total of six passages. There are two question page options included. One is closely aligned to the 2nd grade standards. The other is more closely aligned to the 3rd grade standards. With both options, students must color text evidence to support their responses. You can use the simplified text with the harder question page or vice versa. You have a range of differentiation options.

Differentiated Task Cards
There are 24 task cards included in each unit. They are all tasks that include short texts to practice the skills. These work great in whole group lessons, partner work, or for individual student notebook responses.

The tasks are differentiated. The reading level and question prompts get more complex as you move from Task 1 to Task 24.

Reading Response Sheets
There are multiple structured reading response sheets included. Everything fits perfectly into a reading notebook, so you eliminate loose papers. There are additional quick prompts that fit on top of a notebook page. I recommend putting these in at the end of your unit and then asking students to return to these prompts throughout the year.

Images, Diagrams, Maps, Etc.
The details have been thought about in this product. Everything you need for the trickiest topics is included. There are original maps, diagrams, illustrations, website simulations, and mini-books included. Everything is ready to be copied in black and white with low ink usage. Some OPTIONS for color are included.

This product will save you so much time when it comes to planning for guided reading, group reading lessons, interventions, and independent student reading.

******************** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ********************
Are the passages included here the same as the passages in your 2nd grade or 3rd grade close reading bundles?
No, the passages included in this reading notebook are totally new. They are not found in my other bestselling reading bundles.

What Lexile level are the reading passages?
The Common Core standards consider 2nd and 3rd grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 450-790. Each unit contains three passages written within this level. In addition, the passages have also been rewritten at a lower level and they all fall within a Lexile level of 390-580 which is perfect for your developing learners who are ready for some rich tasks.

- Alyssha Swanson
Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.


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