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By The Literacy Garden
Comprehending nonfiction requires additional skills and strategies. In order for our students to become proficient readers, they need to understand the different text features commonly found in informational text. This unit will provide you the
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Printables, Nonfiction Book Study, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RI.2.5, RI.2.7, RI.3.5, RI.3.7
$3.00
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By The Literacy Garden
Are you ready to uncover the facts about wolves from the fables? Is the wolf evil and sinister or strategic and loyal ? What is it like to be part of a wolf family?This 40 page unit includes: 10 page FULL COLOR PRINTABLE STUDENT BOOK WRITING
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
RI.2.10, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
$5.00
60 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
If your classroom is anything like mine, you have a wide range of abilities and skill levels. Whether you are self-contained, multi-age, inclusion model, homeschooling, or special education, this unit was designed with differentiation built in. I am
Subjects:
Science, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$5.00
66 ratings
4.0
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By The Literacy Garden
Take your students on an adventure learning about the life and times of the early days in Plymouth. Your students will love going on a fact hunt to discover what it was like to be a child in 1620 Plymouth. This unit features some of the lesser known
Subjects:
Writing, Thanksgiving, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$5.00
24 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
If your classroom is anything like mine, you have a wide range of abilities and skill levels. Whether you are self-contained, multi-age, inclusion model, homeschooling, or special education, this unit was designed with differentiation built in. I am
Subjects:
Science, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$6.00
28 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
Develop your students' ability to read and write informational texts with this 46 page unit. You will address 5 Common Core Standards in the areas of Research Writing to Build and Present Knowledge and Reading Informational Text. Best of all,
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RI.2.6, RI.2.8, RI.2.10, RI.3.2, W.3.2, W.3.7, W.3.8
$5.00
42 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
Mix facts and fun with this scavenger hunt activity. Your students will learn a variety of information about bats while searching for the next fact card. There are 12 facts cards, scavenger hunt questions, and an answer key. This activity is great
Subjects:
Science, Halloween, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.00
27 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
Are you ready to dig deeper into truth about groundhogs? (pun intended) Then this is the perfect companion unit for your groundhog activities. Based upon Common Core Standards for informational reading and writing , your students will learn about
Subjects:
Tools for Common Core, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RI.2.1
$4.50
24 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
Close Reading to Improve Comprehension provides students with opportunities to analyze and annotate different engaging informational texts through guided practice and text-based questions.♥ FULL COLOR INFORMATIONAL MAGAZINES♥ Each topic contains a
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables
$4.00
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By The Literacy Garden
These passages start off with an intriguing question. Perhaps something you have been wondering yourself!❉ Can I Make My Parents' Hair Turn Gray?❉ Where Do Marshmallows Come From?❉ Can I Sneeze In My Sleep?❉ Did Castle Moats Have Alligators?❉ What’s
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.6, RI.2.10, RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.10, CCRA.R.1
$4.00
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By The Literacy Garden
This differentiated unit on penguins includes a variety of reading, writing, and hands-on activities. *The students will complete a table which they can use to write compare and contrast paragraphs. *Vocabulary words and support materials are
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Winter, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RI.2.2, RI.2.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10, W.2.2, W.2.7, W.3.2, W.3.7
$5.00
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By The Literacy Garden
Cite TEXT EVIDENCE provides students with opportunities to analyze and annotate different engaging informational texts through guided practice and text-based questions. ♥ FULL COLOR INFORMATIONAL MAGAZINES♥ Each topic contains a full color 4 page
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables
$4.00
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By The Literacy Garden
Set your students up for success with this coloring book style informational book. Your students do the research and write the text. The images on the pages support the young writer. Pages include text features such as diagrams, labels, and the life
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Autumn, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Projects, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$3.00
4 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
You can provide your primary grade students with their own informational booklet to use with guided reading groups, for close reads, or basic research projects. The easy to copy and cut design of this resource saves you time and paper. The black
Subjects:
Science, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$3.00
3 ratings
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By The Literacy Garden
This is an informational unit to help your students read and write expository texts in a fun and active way.THIS RESOURCE INCLUDES:* A true or false quiz to launch your thematic unit and get an idea of what your students know about the topic as well
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Thanksgiving, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Projects, Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
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Your students can create their own informational book about ladybugs! This is resource is designed to help your students write expository texts. The black and white pages include some with line art, diagrams, and life cycle graphics ready for the
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Science, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
W.1.2, W.1.7, W.2.2, W.2.7, W.2.8, W.3.2, W.3.7, W.3.2a, W.3.2b, W.3.2c, W.4.2a
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By The Literacy Garden
I invite you to download for FREE one topic from my CLOSE READING UNITS. You will receive: ♥ STUDENT PAGES to CITE TEXT EVIDENCE♥ The student pages match the text of the magazine. These pages are black and white because they are meant to be
Subjects:
Tools for Common Core, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Minilessons, Printables
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My goal is to create quality materials that enhance learning beyond my classroom walls. By combining my 28 years of elementary experience with my passion for literacy and staff development, I am thrilled to provide resources for teachers and their students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

There is nothing more exciting than seeing the world through the eyes of a second grader. They are so eager to learn new things. Guiding them to new discoveries and providing opportunities to explore the world around them best describes the type of classroom I try to create.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

FINALIST for 2016 PA Teacher of the Year Teacher Excellence Award Finalist 2002 Commonwealth of Elementary Science Teacher Associate (CESTA) Phi Eta Sigma

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Advanced Certification in Literacy K-12 Masters in the Arts of Teaching Bachelors in Psychology

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am happily married to my greatest supporter and encourager. Together we have 4 wonderfully talented children and a loveable bundle of fur named Charley. I reside in Pennsylvania still teaching 2nd graders.

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