Student sheets & Close Reading questions for Unit 3 Week 5 Paul Bunyan, Pearson Common Core 2013
If you are:
-unsure how to teach close reading using the main selection
want your students to start have more accountability while they read the main selection
this download is for you.
When it comes to the main selection in the fairly new reading series by Pearson 2013, I really feel it is the teacher who is doing all of the work. The new reading series is jam-packed with a lot of stuff for the teacher to use with the students before and after reading the main selection, however, all the accompanying questions and suggestions for the main selection can only be found INSIDE the Teacher's Edition. This is a huge problem because it means that the teacher is the one doing all the work deciphering through which questions to ask and what activities to do. Not only does that take a lot of prep time, how does the teacher know that the students are actually getting what they are supposed to out of the main selection.
This download includes 3 days worth of student sheets to go along with the main selection "On the Banks of Plum Creek"
For those of you in districts that have been told you can only use District purchased resources, rest-assured that the activities put into this template and the questions asked of the students are from the TE. However, I have also added some additional activities as I saw fit based on my 22 years of teaching 4th grade. That way you hit many standards assuring more bang for your buck. I have also asked questions in a variety of formats so that students are better prepared for new standardized testing. It's all in a student-friendly format meant to hold students accountable. Show any reading coach my students sheets and I'm sure they will agree of the high demands being asked of the students.
Use as you wish by condensing them into 2 days or keeping them as 3 and adding vocabulary study, a paired text, or the weekly assessment to fill your other days.
If you just want a simple yet strong 30 minutes of CORE reading block, use these student support sheets.
Word study-Greek Root words
Genre introduction/Story prediction
Skill of the week introduction (Text Structure Sequencing)
Close reading questions on a student-friendly template ensuring improved student participation and student accountability. Questions are written in a variety of thought-provoking format (some questions even have multiple answers) in order to better prepare students for new standardized testing.
1 Additional Enrichment Activity - Map Skills
Send home as homework, or have students work on while you work with a small group of students.