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My name is Kimberly and I live in sunny San Diego, California. I previously lived in New York City where I taught ESL, first, and fifth grade. When I moved to San Diego, I taught fifth grade again, but now I am a literacy coach at a fabulous K-8th grade school. I love making interactive resources for my students! Everything in my store has been tested by them. There are worksheets, thematic units, and projects. I hope you find my resources helpful and your students enjoy them!

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My name is Kimberly and I live in sunny San Diego, California. I previously lived in New York City where I taught ESL, first, and fifth grade. When I moved to San Diego, I taught fifth grade again, but now I am a literacy coach at a fabulous K-8th grade school. I love making interactive resources for my students! Everything in my store has been tested by them. There are worksheets, thematic units, and projects. I hope you find my resources helpful and your students enjoy them!
Beginning of the Year Class Graphing Challenge
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Beginning of the Year Class Graphing Challenge

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Here is a fun graphing challenge for your students to learn more about one another at the beginning of the year. Students should break into groups, collect data about their peers based on the category they are given, and then graph the data on chart paper. It's up to you if you want to pre-teach any simple data collection techniques or graphing or let them loose to see what they can do. This is a fun way for students to get to know one another!
Guided Reading Organization Materials
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Guided Reading Organization Materials

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Guided reading can sometimes be a logistical mess, but these documents should get you up and running with ease! I made these for the teachers I coach so they have been tested and approved! Here are: 1- Guided reading lesson plan document for each day separated into 2 different "rounds" of guided reading per day 2- A 100 grid running record sheet so you can easily track words read 3- Guided reading groups and schedule sample and blank templates. In the sample, I show an example grouping chart and alternating week schedules Attached also is my guided reading and running record PD that I give at the school in which I coach. Each student should have a tab in a guided reading binder to keep all of their running records.
6 Word Memoir Back to School Activity
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6 Word Memoir Back to School Activity

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This is an activity that will help students to get to know one another. Provided here are teacher directions and student handouts. You can make this as in depth or as short of an activity as you want, but everything you need is provided, except for markers and paper :) Students will really love to share something about themselves with the extra challenge of doing it in only 6 words. English language learners thrive with this activity as they are encouraged to use their home language. Included: 1- Teacher directions 2- Student memoir examples 3- Noticings handout 4- Memoir example handout 5- Student task handout
Transition Words Poster and Student Reference Sheet
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Transition Words Poster and Student Reference Sheet

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This resource includes two transition words room visuals. The first is a poster explaining what transition words are. The second includes different examples of transition words separated into categories. These can be hung on the wall or printed for students to keep in their notebooks as reference.
1-2 Day Opinion Paragraph Writing Lesson (Great for ESL!)
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1-2 Day Opinion Paragraph Writing Lesson (Great for ESL!)

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This lesson was originally done with a group of high beginner-low intermediate ESL students to reinforce the opinion writing they were doing in their regular English classes. This activity can take 1-2 days depending on how much time you have with the students and if you would like to add an extension at the end where the students edit their work. The lesson (following PowerPoint) 1- Review opinion writing/hand out tips sheet 2- Show the sample opinion piece/discuss 3- Try it together (have a news article ready) 4- Students go to one of two websites (or provide news articles), choose an article, and write their piece 5- Gallery walk, peer critique, and share An extension would be to have students edit based on critique they received. Included: 1- PowerPoint 2- Opinion tips handout sheet 3- My sample opinion piece PLEASE NOTE: Having access to computers would be best!
PBL: Create a Brochure for Your School (Group Project)
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PBL: Create a Brochure for Your School (Group Project)

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I designed this project when I saw a need for our school to have a brochure for parents to look at during open houses. This project was done with a fifth grade class, but it is suitable through 8th grade. This project asks students to create a brochure for their school and to pitch the brochure to administration. Please try to have administration buy in before starting! Students study what makes a great marketing tool and then implement what they learn to create their own brochures using an online brochure template. Google Drive has many- I found Drive useful for this project due to its collaborative features. Students are encouraged to interview school community members and to take photographs for the brochure. Students then learn what makes a great sales pitch, and will create PowerPoints and sales pitch scripts to pitch their brochures. Judges from the school pick the winning group. All handouts are included as PDFs. I can send Word Docs.
Words Their Way Starter Pack
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Words Their Way Starter Pack

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This product will help you get off and running with Words Their Way. After doing tons of research, I created the following documents for use at my school. I hope you find them useful as well! If you purchase the pack and want the Word files, just email me! Included: 1- WTW binder cover 2- Spelling inventory student answer key (with record keeping boxes). This can be used with the PSI or ESI. The USI has 31 words. 3- WTW post spelling inventory group organization table (4 included for Entering, fall, winter, and spring) 4- 5 group weekly lesson plan sheet. Just circle the level, write in student names, and the sort number 5- Two different weekly WTW homework tic-tac-toe boards 6- WTW student and/or teacher spelling test grade and skill tracker 7- WTW sample schedule with another sheet that explains the sorts- NOW UPDATED with sample upper and lower grade schedules! 8- Table of Contents
Array City Project (allot at least 2 days)
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Array City Project (allot at least 2 days)

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Most of the resources that I create for the teachers I coach and for my own students are literacy based. This is what I love to teach, but here's a little math goody that students will love, especially if you have been studying arrays. My students LOVED the creativity involved and forgot they were doing math! This lesson takes at least 2 days bare minimum, maybe more if you give in class time for the project itself, which is encouraged. It starts with a read aloud, moves on to partner work, followed by the project. Teacher directions are included! PLEASE NOTE: The documents are offered in both PDF (to keep the fun fonts and formatting since I work from a Chromebook) and also Word docs. If purchased, you can download all or only the format you want.
Inference Stations
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Inference Stations

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Make learning inferences fun with these interactive stations! These can be used as an introduction or they can be used if students need additional help grasping how to make inferences. There are teacher directions, but these stations are very student directed. Included in this pack are three stations with a student packet: 1- Poetry inference station 2- TV commercial inference station 3- Picture inference station Please note that you will need access to one laptop or other device for the commercials station.
Parts of Speech Interactive Student Packet
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Parts of Speech Interactive Student Packet

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This interactive packet includes nouns, adjectives, action verbs, and pronouns. There is a guide sheet that goes with each part of speech and then a sheet for students to fill out asking them to write their own examples. Students can either draw/paste pictures or write. This resource is great for English language learners and for younger grade students. Please note: For the verb guide sheet, I only include action verbs, but there are two different student pages. One includes linking and action and the other is just action. Another lesson to go along with this is my "subject pronoun" lesson or worksheet bundle.
Vocabulary Skills Unit Test
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Vocabulary Skills Unit Test

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This is a unit test that tests students on compound words, prefixes, suffixes, context clues, multiple meaning words, and homophones. I used this test for my high beginner-intermediate level ESL class, but it can be used in any classroom. A whole unit can be built around the skills tested here.
Subject Pronoun Lesson Plan and Lesson Resources
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Subject Pronoun Lesson Plan and Lesson Resources

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This 45-50 minute lesson was originally made for beginning level ESL students, but can be used as a grammar review in any classroom. Included: 1- Lesson Plan 2- A poster 3- Whole class practice sentences 4- A student handout with the poster and definition for their referral 5- Three different leveled worksheets for students to practice. If you just want the worksheets, they are available to purchase separately! I hope this resource helps your students!
Literature Circle Role Sheets and Expectations Poster
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Literature Circle Role Sheets and Expectations Poster

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Included here is a poster with expectations for literature circles written in fun font, with pictures, and kid friendly language. Additionally, included are literature circle role sheets with expectations for each role and examples. When I use these sheets, I typically have one spiral notebook for each role in the group. So if I have 5 groups that means 5 different "connector" notebooks. When students change roles each week, they use the notebook for that job. This way they can see what their peers wrote previously and build the conversation from there. Roles include: 1- connector 2- illustrator 3- setting setter 4- question asker (HOT=higher order thinking) If purchased, I can provide editable Word docs.
Grammar Task Cards
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Grammar Task Cards

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Included in this pack are: 1- Directions page 2- Grammar help sheets for student referral Then/Than Two/Too/To Apostrophes Capitalization They're/There/Their You're/Your It's/Its 3- 10 task cards + 2 create your own 4- 4 extension task cards where students read excerpts from books and must identify and explain the grammar rules being used. 5- Student answer sheet for regular task cards 6- Student answer sheet for extension cards 5- Teacher answer keys for both regular and extension cards These are a perfect addition to literacy stations or for "I'm done!" work. These can be laminated and used year after year. Students can either write answers in their literacy notebooks, "I'm done" notebooks, or can write the answers on the answer sheets to hand in to you.
Fluency Graphs
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Fluency Graphs

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Here is a packet of grade specific fluency graphs. Students will have a chance to track their fluency across a span of 12 weeks. Students love to see their growth and the grade specific goals at the top of each graph help them to make sure they are on track! The last page in the document includes an ideas list.