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Owl Moon is perfect for any time of year. Owl Moon is an excellent book choice for modeling figurative language and descriptive writing. This *newly revised* Owl Moon unit has before, during, and after activities including tier 2 vocabulary for the
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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a favorite books of teachers and students. This unit includes before/during/after activities to accompany the book. I can be used in guided reading, literature circles, or as a mentor text for modeling. Students will
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The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco is a sweet story (literally). The Bee Tree is about how Mary Ellen learns the sweetness of reading and books. It is written on a fourth grade level and the unit would work well for grades 3-5. This unit to accompany
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Silver Packages is a beautiful book to share with your students to demonstrate the importance of helping others. This unit includes before, during, and after materials in both PDF and digital using Google Slides TM. The unit addresses the
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Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant is another descriptive book that works beautifully as a mentor text for author's craft and especially with the Six Traits. Rylant's poetic language and description make this book perfect for character development,
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Trouble with Trolls is a holiday favorite. This guided reading unit includes before, during, and after activities to accompany the book, Trouble with Trolls in both PDF and Digital formats using Google Slides TM. Skills addressed through this unit
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Town Mouse and Country Mouse by Jan Brett is a classic. This guided reading unit includes before, during, after activities to build schema, tier 2 vocabulary, narrative elements (focusing on plot development), summarizing, writing in response to
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The Great Gracie Chase Stop That Dog is another sweet book by Cynthia Rylant. You can use it for modeling reading comprehension skills (character traits, story elements, summarizing, making connections, and making comparisons), as a mentor text for
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Snow by Cynthia Rylant is another wonderfully descriptive book to kick off your winter season. Her rich description will help your students practice using text information to visualize and improve their writing with the help of the carefully
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Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett is a classic tale. This guided reading unit for the book includes before, during, after activities in both B/W PDF for printing as well as full color digital using Google Slides TM. You can use the color version for
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Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds is an excellent choice as a mentor text for comprehension strategies (author's craft, character development, and making comparisons) and for writing (ideas-building an inclusive classroom). In this book companion set,
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This unit bundle features rich fall themed books and activities perfect for reading and writing workshop plus two fall partner plays and my fall poetry set. The books featured in this bundle include the following: Snow by Cynthia Rylant (digital
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Miss Rumphius is a sweet book about making a difference in the world. It's perfect for this time of year to highlight the importance of Earth Day, and this unit focuses on this theme with a class book for extension. This book unit includes the
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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig is an excellent choice as a mentor text for comprehension strategies and for writing. In this set of reading activities that accompany the book, you have lots of options. It is set up in a
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Strega Nona Her Story gives an introduction to the Strega Nona series by Tomie dePaola. It is filled with rich vocabulary and imagination. This collection of comprehension activities encourages deep thinking and interaction with the text. Students
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The Amazing Bone by William Steig is a fun fractured fairy tale. It is very rich with vocabulary and depth, and it works well for modeling characterization, author's craft, drawing conclusions, story elements, and can even be compared to other
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Strega Nona's Magic Lessons is another great title by Tomie dePaola filled with rich vocabulary and imagination. This collection of comprehension activities encourages deep thinking and interaction with the text. Students can work on them in guided
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Strega Nona Meets Her Match is all about having an unruly guest. Have you ever had one of those? This bundle includes comprehension materials to use with the book. Skills are listed below. Students can work on them in guided reading, as a mentor
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Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola is such a great book. This collection of comprehension activities will help your kids enjoy the book and work on comprehension skills too. Use them in guided reading, as mentor text lessons, with partners, or in
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This Waiting on Wings Book Companion and Research Project is a packed with materials for introducing a study of butterflies. This bundle includes guided reading materials that you can use with the book as a mentor text lesson or in guided reading
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 24 years of experience. Currently, I work with small group guided reading intervention and as a reading coach to the teachers in my building. I have ten years in the regular classroom teaching experience with grades 1,4 and 5,and one year as Technology Specialist.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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