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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Close Reading Bookmarks for Nonfiction

Do your students need a visual reminder of how to do a Close Reading every time they read?  Are posters and pieces of paper with the steps of Close Reading lost or ignored while students are reading?  Then you need to check out my Nonfiction Close Reading Bookmarks!

Close Reading bookmarks for nonfiction

I use the Nonfiction Close Reading Bookmarks most often during my core classes, particularly science. I recommend that you print and laminate these bookmarks for each student to keep with them as they read a number of nonfiction texts.  It works particularly well as a bookmark for your classroom textbooks.  

Option 1:  Copy a textbook page or article for each student in class.  Have students mark directly on the page with colored pencils.

Option 2 if you have a copy limit: Laminate enough articles for a small group or put them in a page protector.  That way, you can use dry-erase markers to annotate “on” the text, but not have to make so many copies.  You can easily reuse the same article or page many times until all students have been able to have the Close Reading experience with that article.

Option 3 if you want to annotate a textbook:  Clip a page protector to the book using a binder clip.  Again, this allows students to use dry-erase markers to annotate “on” the text, but not damage the textbook.

This file includes:
For the teacher:
~Different options/directions for using the bookmarks to annotate texts 

For the student:
~Directions that guide the student to read and reread the text 3 times
~Directions that guide the student to use a dictionary and/or ask for help with clarifying unknown terms and content

~Directions on how to summarize the text 

If you'd like to pick up a copy, click here.

Do you use bookmarks as a reminder for your students while they are reading?  I'd love to hear some of your ideas!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Best Year Ever Bonus Sale

Whether you've already started your school year or are preparing to go back, you won't want to miss this ONE DAY sale on TpT!

August 22 One Day Sale on TpT

Stop by my TpT store for a 20% off sale!

The sale is Monday, August 22nd ONLY and then it's gone!  

Check the main page on TpT to get a special code that will give you an additional 8% off.   Use the TpT bonus code to get a grand total of 28% off!

Here's hoping you find some things to brighten your day and make the beginning of the school year go more smoothly!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Alphabet Sensory Box

Want to practice alphabet/letter recognition skills?  Then check out this easy sensory box made with materials from the Dollar Tree!

I like to use an all-black backdrop when I make my sensory boxes. To do this, I like to use a combination of smooth stones and black beans from the Dollar Tree. It really makes the materials stand out!

Setting up a sensory box with black beans and rocks from the Dollar Tree.

  One of my favorite sensory boxes is the Alphabet Box.  All you have to do is add magnetic letters to the rocks and beans.  I like to use both upper and lower-case letters so my son is familiar with both.  These are Melissa and Doug magnetic letters, but any letters will do.  

Beg, Borrow, and Teach!: Alphabet sensory box.

When the letters are mixed in with the beans and rocks, I call out a letter. My son finds it and places it in the metal cake pan.

Beg, Borrow, and Teach!: Alphabet sensory box.

Yes, the activity and child are in a box. This is for two reasons:  First, he loves playing in boxes. Not. Even. Kidding. Secondly, note that all the stray beans and rocks are contained. It makes clean up a snap and spares me from slipping on them later. 

Do you have any alphabet/letter sensory boxes that you just couldn't live without? I'd love to get some more ideas!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Organizing Files on Google Drive to Maximize Learning Time

Are your students struggling to find items you've placed on Google Drive for them?  Are you searching for a way to organize all those files you've created?  Then this post is for you!

Organizing Files on Google Drive to Maximize Learning Time

Organizing Files on Google Drive to Maximize Learning Time

To read more about this, go to the Virginia is for Teachers blog.

Happy reading!

Organizing Files on Google Drive to Maximize Learning Time