Monday, September 15, 2014

Grade 4 Daily Reading Comprehension Practice

This resource provides quick and convenient reading comprehension practice in just five minutes a day.  A weekly checklist is included to make progress monitoring so much easier. Many of the comprehension categories repeat across the weeks to keep reading skills sharp. Click Here To Access It

This is great for test prep and review.  Students can complete the daily practice when they first enter the classroom as attendance is taken.  Or, they can use it as daily homework.

Free--When to Use a Comma Reference Chart

I am back with a freebie! There are so many different instances in which a comma should be used.  I have just released a handy student reference chart that students can attach inside of their student notebooks or place inside of a folder.Click Here To Access It.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Note Taking in Math

I want to give full disclosure.  Yes, I am a math person.  I am a person that absolutely loves math.  What hurts my heart is when I hear a student state that he or she is not "a math person".  Or that his or her family is "just not good at math".  

This blog post is dedicated to the student that just does not "get" math.  I want to say that they should not give up.  Using visual diagrams, illustrating the meaning of different math concepts, and understanding topical vocabulary will definitely help. These are pics of the math notes that were taken by students during my recent math lessons about fractions.  I wanted to share them with everyone.

We began by looking at vocabulary words that are related to fractions.  This is an important first step.

Students love to use different colors.  The different color schemes help them organize their ideas.

We looked at the big ideas that are related to fractions.  It is so important that students not only know how to solve a math problem, they should also know what concepts mean as well.
We used Venn diagrams to compare and contrast information.  Providing an example and a non-example is sooo helpful for students.

We also learned the math formulas that can be used to determine equivalent fractions. We also learned how to add fractions that have different denominators.

To access some of my different interactive journals Click Here

Close Reading in the Content Areas

Closely reading text is a strategy that can be implemented easily across the content areas. With the push for students to read an increased amount of nonfiction text, being able to interpret a variety of passages is important. 

When a student does a close reading for fiction, they will mostly focus on character traits, inferences, as well as main idea. Informational text close reading focuses on identifying cause and effect relationships between events, summarizing, and also comparing the viewpoints of different authors.For free close reading bookmarks, click here.

Closely reading text across the content areas helps students realize that reading strategies should me used across all subjects.

This is an example of science text that was closely read from my product, Matter and Energy Close Reading Passages (Click Here).  It contains four different reading levels of differentiated passages.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Free Close Reading Bookmarks

Students are beginning to learn more about close reading.  I created free bookmarks that students can use as a guide as they closely read text.Click Here To Access Them

Common Core Classic Literature Passages

Have you seen the list of literature stories that Common Core recommends students to read?  The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, and Oliver Twist are radically different from Maniac Magee and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.  I created short passages that use the same dialects, syntax, and vocabulary as classic literature that was written over 100 years ago.  All of this is to bridge a gap between modern and classic literature.  Being able to read texts from different time periods is a focus of the Common Core Language Standards and Common Core Literature Standard RL.10. Reading registers and dialects is part of the Common Core Language Standards L.3.  The quick passages in this document can be used as assessments or as pretests. Multiple choice and close reading practice are both included.Click Here To Access It

The document contains four original and carefully constructed, short literature excerpts.   Close reading and multiple choice questions are both included.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Three Types of Percent Problems

Hello guys!  I am back with a free percent wall chart.  Many students group percent questions into one category and do not realize that there are three different types of percent questions.This free wall chart is a helpful tool for reminding students about the different types of percent problems.

To access task cards that teach and review percent, Click Here.  The document includes 56 task cards that teach and review percent.  Number format and word problem format problems are both included.