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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!
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.
"Me" Bag Back to School Activity
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"Me" Bag Back to School Activity

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This handout reviews a back to school activity- students fill a "Me" bag to show their personality, passions, family life, or anything they would like to share about themselves. This is a great way to break the ice in the classroom and get all students talking. I have seen unlikely friends become friends with this! A few ways for students to share: 1- Whole class share out 2- Speed date type share 3- Gallery walk share- half the class stands by their desks to share and the other half walks around and then switch
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
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.
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
Grammar Help Sheets
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Grammar Help Sheets

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These are the grammar help sheets that go along with my grammar task card set available here as well! If you think these are helpful, please consider downloading the task cards. Included are help sheets for common grammatical errors. Students can put them in their notebooks, or they can be put on a bulletin board.
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!
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.
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.
Close Reading Bundle
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Close Reading Bundle

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This resource includes: 1- Close reading guide for students to keep handy in their binders or to be hung on the wall as a reference 2- Annotation marks bookmarks 3- Get the gist graphic organizer 4- Accountable talk bookmarks These sheets, when used in conjunction with teacher modeling and scaffolding, will have students close reading in no time! You can laminate the bookmarks for students to keep all year! This close reading bundle would work well in conjunction with my Fishbowl Style Class Discussion Rubric and Student Notes Sheet. This is a fun and effective method to get students talking about texts!
Famous People 1-2 Week Unit
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Famous People 1-2 Week Unit

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I am happy to offer my Famous People unit! This unit asks students to determine the character traits that have made famous people successful. Students choose three famous people to research from a list. They complete a graphic organizer and a reflection question for each person with the goal of understanding how each person became successful. In the end, students choose one of the three people to write an extended response with two claims (the character traits) and evidence (their research). I did this unit with a group of intermediate ESL students with success. Included here: 1- Teacher tips and ideas sheet 2- Short PowerPoint 3- Student project handout 4- Graphic organizer 5- Character traits handout 6- Extended response organizer 7- Two rubrics PLEASE NOTE: Laptop/Internet access is suggested!
Prepositions of Place Beginning ESL 2-3 Day Mini-Unit
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Prepositions of Place Beginning ESL 2-3 Day Mini-Unit

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This 2-3 day interactive mini-unit will introduce your beginning level ESL students to the use of prepositions of place in the English language. Charts are not included in this lesson. You will need to make three different charts and also diagram your room. You will also need to gather a few magazines for the students as well as glue and scissors. I hope your students enjoy this lesson!
Historical Fiction Fourth/Fifth Grade Literature Cirlces
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Historical Fiction Fourth/Fifth Grade Literature Cirlces

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This is an 11 lesson historical fiction literature circle unit. This unit assumes students are in literature circles and/or already familiar with the process. Additionally, this unit refers to several popular books to use during mini-lessons, but these books can be easily substituted. While this unit is 11 lessons, with time to read and practice, I would budget one month. Strategies practiced include: 1- walk in a character's shoes 2- timelines 3- symbolism 4- stop and jot 5- non-fiction research 6- monitor confusion 7- hero vs. bystander vs. villain 8- envisioning 9- details vs. generalization 10- characters' speech 11- character mapping Graphic organizers are attached. Please let me know if you have any questions!
The Keeping Quilt Project- Create a Classroom Quilt
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The Keeping Quilt Project- Create a Classroom Quilt

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Here is a set of lesson plans to create your own classroom quilt based on The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco. The lessons guide you page by page through the read aloud all the way through to the quilt square creation. This is PERFECT for building community at the beginning of the year. It is my go-to project. It is hands on for the kids and they learn so much about one another. Please know that you will need the book The Keeping Quilt in addition to fabric quilt squares and fabric markers for this. You will also need a way to sew the squares together. I usually have the fifth graders do this, but an adult volunteer can also do this. Your first year, you will need to find a picture online of a student made keeping quilt, but subsequent years, you can use your class made example!