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I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at a public school in Arkansas, with 7 years of teaching experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and am certified for P-8. I also hold a P-12 certification in ESL. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. My teaching specialties are reading, science, and technology, although I love every subject. I am a computer programmer, and absolutely LOVE using the flipped classroom technique and new technology in my classroom.

I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at a public school in Arkansas, with 7 years of teaching experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and am certified for P-8. I also hold a P-12 certification in ESL. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. My teaching specialties are reading, science, and technology, although I love every subject. I am a computer programmer, and absolutely LOVE using the flipped classroom technique and new technology in my classroom.
Ratio Task Cards - Ratios and Proportional Relationships - Pirate Themed Ratio Task Cards - Ratios
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Ratio Task Cards - Ratios and Proportional Relationships - Pirate Themed Ratio Task Cards - Ratios

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30 Pirate Themed Story Word Task Cards for Ratios and Proportional Relationships. These 30 Task Cards are designed to help students practice critical thinking with ratios and proportional relationships in pseudo-real life problems. The pirate theme is fun and engaging for students, but has been kept school-friendly for a wide variety of schools. There is mention of cannons/cannonballs, but no mention of guns or alcohol have been used in these task cards. These task cards match Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.2, 6.lRP.A.3 and 7.lRP.A.2. These task cards are perfect for math centers, small groups, and whole group activities such as Scoot. Their self-checking and straightforward nature make them ideal for ESL/ELL students of all ages. Included are: *30 full-color pirate themed task cards for ratios & proportional relationships *1 full-color blank answer sheet for student use *2 full-color blank task cards for your use *1 full-color answer sheet with answers *All of the above in grayscale for black & white printers
Properties of Flight: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
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Properties of Flight: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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Properties of Flight: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity is a nonfiction description of the four main forces required for flight: lift, drag, thrust, and gravity. An excerpt written specifically by an engineer for students to practice text analysis, this passage may be considered more difficult for some students. It is designed in such a way that students should be able to analyze the text and respond to testing-style questions without having prior knowledge of these scientific concepts. Designed for 5th and 6th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the technical excerpt multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in PARCC & ACT Aspire testing. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
Back to School Daily Reading Comprehension FREEBIE
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Back to School Daily Reading Comprehension FREEBIE

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1 FULL week of August's Daily Reading Comprehension is FREE forever with this download. Enjoy 1 week of daily reading comprehension worksheets for 5th grade. Thinking of buying a full month (or more) of daily reading comprehension activities? Check this out and give it a try in your classroom before you commit! This week-long activity is a fictional story about going back to school. Written on a 5th grade reading level, it is perfect for daily morning work or homework. Great for standardized test prep, these passages have the feel and re-reading of a close read with more structure. Questions are grouped by type so that students focus on one main skill a day. Monday - students read the passage and answer questions about main idea, theme, and the general form of the text. Tuesday - students re-read the passage and answer multiple choice, standardized-test styled questions. Wednesday - students re-read the passage and answer character or setting questions about the text. Thursday - students re-read the passage and answer GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics) questions about the text. Friday - students re-read the passage and answer short-answer, written response questions about the text. Text is in American English.
Unit Conversion Math Task Cards
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Unit Conversion Math Task Cards

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25 Task Cards for Unit Conversion - These 25 Task Cards are designed to help students practice critical thinking with unit conversion in pseudo real-life problems. Story problems and direct conversion questions have been included in this set. 9 cards are direct questions that student simply solve the unit conversion for. The remaining 16 cards are one and two-part story problems. All conversions are within the same measurement system. Standard and Metric units are included, with questions for capacity, length, and weight. These task cards match Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 4.MD.A.1, 4.MD.A.2, 5.MD.A.1 These task cards are perfect for math centers, small groups, and whole group activities such as Scoot. Their self-checking and straightforward nature make them ideal for ESL/ELL students of all ages. Included are: *25 full-color unit conversion task cards *1 full-color blank answer sheet for student use *3 full-color blank task cards for your use *1 full-color answer sheet with answers *All of the above in grayscale for black & white printers
Dewey Decimal System Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
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Dewey Decimal System Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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This nonfiction close reading activity is designed to teach students about the Dewey Decimal system while encouraging reading comprehension with tasks and repeated reading. This passage, directions, and questions are designed for students to read repeatedly, read with a partner, read looking for information, and then answer questions based on the text they have read. The 10 questions that go with this passage span DOK levels 1-4, as well as a variety of Bloom's taxonomy levels. Students begin with simple questions which ask them basic reading comprehension questions, and lead into deeper understanding tasks. This activity is perfect for a regular ELA session or for a substitute teacher, as the materials are print and go ready! It is designed specifically to encourage the type of reading and thinking necessary for PARCC, ACT Aspire, and STARR. Great test prep at your fingertips!
Order of Operations Madness: Order of Operations with Basketball Brackets
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Order of Operations Madness: Order of Operations with Basketball Brackets

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Order of Operations Madness is a set of 2 worksheets that allow your students to practice Order of Operations using basketball brackets to increase their interest level. Students will enjoy using these worksheets to track numbers like their very own fantasy football teams, to find the winning number! Included are both color and black and white copies of: A PEMDAS reminder chart A 16-team bracket worksheet An 8-team bracket worksheet Answer sheets for both Meets Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations. CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
August Daily Reading Comprehension
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August Daily Reading Comprehension

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This August Daily Reading Comprehension Packet is 4 weeks of daily reading comprehension for the 5th grade classroom with an August theme. These week-long activities alternate between fiction and non-fiction texts about back to school and August themes, as well as Science and History topics. Written on 5th grade reading levels, these passages are perfect for daily morning work or homework. Great for standardized test prep, these passages have the feel and re-reading of a close read with more structure. Questions are grouped by type so that students focus on one main skill a day. Simply print, hand out to students, and have them complete one activity each day. Each page should take between 10 and 15 minutes to answer, plus about 5 minutes for reading or re-reading the passage. Each week, the student is presented with a new passage that they will work with for the whole week. Each week follows the same general format: Monday - students read the passage and answer questions about main idea, theme, and the general form of the text. Tuesday - students re-read the passage and answer multiple choice, standardized-test styled questions. Wednesday - students re-read the passage and answer character or setting questions about the text, or specific History, Science, or other related questions for the non-fiction texts. Thursday - students re-read the passage and answer GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics) and text structure questions. Friday - students re-read the passage and answer short-answer, written response questions about the text. This month's topics: Fiction - Back to School Non-Fiction - History of School Busses Fiction - The Stray Non-Fiction - Phases of the Moon Want to know more before you buy? Check out the first full week in my Back to School 1-week FREEIBE! All passages and questions are in American English.
Space Fictional Close Reading Set: Jack's Asteroid Adventure & The Sky's the Limit
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Space Fictional Close Reading Set: Jack's Asteroid Adventure & The Sky's the Limit

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Jack is working for his father, setting up an asteroid for mining in this fictional outer space close read sure to grab the attention of boys (and girls!) and reluctant readers! The Sky's The Limit-at least, that's what this astronaut's mother always told him! This close read is only one page long, perfect for shorter class periods or lots of class discussion or modeling. Written on a 5th grade level, the passage is written so that the questions and reading instructions have students focusing on word choice, repeated phrases, and author's meaning. "Jack's Asteroid Adventure" and "The Sky's the Limit" are close reading passage and questions designed to teach students reading comprehension and text analysis strategies. Designed for students to first read independently and then again with a partner, these activities encourage students to reread text, while teaching them strategies for close reading. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice. The reading passages are written on a middle-of-the-year 4th grade Reading Level. This makes the passage ideal for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, as 3rd grade students can focus on reading closely with harder texts, and 5th grade students can focus on making sure to read simple texts closely. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here. The seven questions in each activity range from basic knowledge to inference.
Fictional Close Reading Activities Bundle
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Fictional Close Reading Activities Bundle

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This Fiction Close Reading Activities Bundle contains ALL of the fiction close reading activities from my store. As new fictional close reading activities are added to my store, they will be added to this bundle. When new items are added, the price of this bundle will increase as well, although it will always be a discount over purchasing each close read individually. If you purchase this bundle now, all new updates with new close reads will be available to you, free, with a re-download from your My Resources page. The sooner you purchase the bundle, the better the price! Currently, the discount is at 17%. 9 close reading activities are currently included in this download, ready to print and go! These close reading activities have students focus first on reading the passage multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in ACT Aspire and PARCC testing, as well as on the SATs. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core and most state standards, and is best completed with short passages such as the ones provided here. Files currently included (Some are in sets of 2): * A Face for a Pumpkin * Back To School - How I Spent My Summer Vacation & Back to School * The Lighthouse & The Camping Trip *Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story *The Perfect Christmas Tree *Space: Jack's Asteroid Adventure & The Sky's the Limit
September Daily Reading Comprehension
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September Daily Reading Comprehension

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his September Daily Reading Comprehension Packet is 5 weeks of daily reading comprehension for the 5th grade classroom with a September theme. These week-long activities alternate between fiction and non-fiction texts about back to school and September themes, as well as History topics. Written on 5th grade reading levels, these passages are perfect for daily morning work or homework. Great for standardized test prep, these passages have the feel and re-reading of a close read with more structure. Questions are grouped by type so that students focus on one main skill a day. Simply print, hand out to students, and have them complete one activity each day. Each page should take between 10 and 15 minutes to answer, plus about 5 minutes for reading or re-reading the passage. Each week, the student is presented with a new passage that they will work with for the whole week. Each week follows the same general format: Monday - students read the passage and answer questions about main idea, theme, and the general form of the text. Tuesday - students re-read the passage and answer multiple choice, standardized-test styled questions. Wednesday - students re-read the passage and answer character or setting questions about the text, or specific History, Science, or other related questions for the non-fiction texts. Thursday - students re-read the passage and answer GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics) and text structure questions. Friday - students re-read the passage and answer short-answer, written response questions about the text. This month's topics: Non-Fiction - Labor Day Fiction - The Music Box Non-Fiction - Constitution and Citizenship Day Fiction - The Big Day Non-Fiction - Nocturnal Adaptations Want to know more before you buy? Check out the first full week in my Back to School 1-week FREEIBE! All passages and questions are in American English.
Thanksgiving Fractions and Percents Story Problem Task Cards
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Thanksgiving Fractions and Percents Story Problem Task Cards

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These Thanksgiving-themed fraction and percent story problem task cards are sure to please during the month of November! Each card is designed to help students practice Common Core standards for Numbers and Operations-Fractions for grades 4 and 5. There are 25 cards with Thanksgiving-themed word problems, ranging from 1 to 3-step questions dealing with fractions and percentages. The questions use a variety of strategies in different combinations, but all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) are required in order to solve all of the questions. These task cards work well for independent or early-finisher work, small group work, assessments, and more! Students have the ability to self-check their answers by using the provided answer key. Included: * 25 full-color task cards with Thanksgiving-themed story problems * 3 full-color blank task cards * 1 full-color recording sheet * 1 full-color answer sheet * All items above in grayscale
Fictional Close Reading Set: The Lighthouse and The Camping Trip
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Fictional Close Reading Set: The Lighthouse and The Camping Trip

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Two fictional close reading activities have been combined for use in your classroom. The Camping Trip: A Fictional Close Reading Activity contains a fictional passage about two friends who go camping and meet an unexpected creature. The Lighthouse: A Fictional Close Reading Activity is the fictional story of a man who is struggling with the idea of his traditional lighthouse being replaced by a computerized, electric lighthouse. Designed for 4th and 5th grade students, these close reading activities have students focus first on reading the story multiple times while searching for unknown words, literary devices, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend these activities to Standardized Test Practice as well. Designed to help students with ACT Aspire and PARCC practice, I have tried to create a variety of lengths, topics, and levels of difficulty in my close reading activities. This passage is a longer fictional passage, with 4 pages of double-spaced text.
Back to School Math Task Cards: 4th Grade CCSS Review
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Back to School Math Task Cards: 4th Grade CCSS Review

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These Back to School Task Cards are a perfect Common Core State Standards pretest for 4th graders, or a great review for 5th graders. Find out quickly which of the math standards your students still need work on with these cards, which cover the entire 4th grade year of CCSS Math Standards. These task cards work well for independent or early-finisher work, small group work, assessments, and more! Students have the ability to self-check their answers by using the provided answer key. Included: * 28 full-color task cards * 4 full-color blank task cards * 1 full-color recording sheet * 1 full-color answer sheet * All items above in grayscale Each question lists the standard at the bottom for your quick reference on what your students still need to work on! Standards covered: 4.OA.A.2 4.OA.A.3 4.OA.B.4 4.NBT.A.2 4.NBT.A.3 4.NBT.B.4 4.NBT.B.5 4.NBT.B.6 4.NF.A.2 4.NF.B.3 4.NF.B.4 4.NF.C.6 4.MD.A.1 4.MD.A.2 4.MD.A.3 4.MD.C.7 4.G.A.1 4.G.A.2 (c) Elements of Elementary, 2014 This product is not sponsored by or affiliated with the national Common Core State Standards, but provides questions that can help you to assess your students' grasp of these standards.
Parts of Speech Task Cards: Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives
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Parts of Speech Task Cards: Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives

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32 Animal-Print Task Cards designed to practice recognition and identification of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. **NOTE--For this activity, I have specifically not counted "a, an, & the" as adjectives. This is not taught in all schools at this level, and might become too confusing for students. If you teach "a, an, & the" as adjectives, you can simply add those to the answer sheet for your students.** These task cards are perfect for literacy center, small groups, and whole group activities such as Scoot. Their self-checking and straightforward nature make them ideal for ESL/ELL students of all ages. Included are: *32 full-color animal print task cards (8 each of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) *1 full-color blank answer sheet for student use *1 full-color sheet of blank task cards for your use *1 full-color answer sheet with answers *All of the above in grayscale for black & white printers
Halloween Multi-Step Story Problem Task Cards
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Halloween Multi-Step Story Problem Task Cards

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These Halloween-theme multi-step story problem task cards are sure to please during the month of October! Each card is designed to help students practice CCSS 4.OA.A.3 "Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems." There are 30 cards with Halloween-themed word problems, ranging from 2-step to 4-step questions. The questions use a variety of strategies in different combinations, but all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) are required in order to solve all of the questions. These task cards work well for independent or early-finisher work, small group work, assessments, and more! Students have the ability to self-check their answers by using the provided answer key. Included: * 30 full-color task cards with Halloween-themed story problems * 2 full-color blank task cards * 1 full-color recording sheet * 1 full-color answer sheet * All items above in grayscale
Christmas Multiplication Task Cards: 28 Story Problems
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Christmas Multiplication Task Cards: 28 Story Problems

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These Christmas-themed multiplication story problem task cards are sure to please during the month of December! Each card is designed to help students practice Common Core standards for Operations and Algebraic Thinking for 3rd Grade. There are 28 cards with Christmas-themed word problems requiring one and two-step multiplication up to 12 x 12. These task cards work well for independent or early-finisher work, small group work, assessments, and more! Students have the ability to self-check their answers by using the provided answer key. Included: * 28 full-color task cards with Christmas-themed story problems * 4 full-color blank task cards * 1 full-color recording sheet * 1 full-color answer sheet * All items above in grayscale
The American Constitution: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
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The American Constitution: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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The American Constitution is introduced in this nonfiction close reading passage providing a brief summary of the history and main function of the Constitution. Using nonfiction text features such as subheadings, this text introduces the concept behind switching from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution, the disagreements with creating too strong of a federal government, and the system of checks and balances and compromises made to encourage ratification. This short passage does not go into details about the specific articles of the Confederation, or the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, as it is only designed to serve as an overview or introduction to the document.This passage is designed in such a way that students should be able to analyze the text and respond to testing-style questions without having prior knowledge of the Constitution. This close reading activity is perfect for PARCC or ACT Aspire practice and the integration of History into English Language Arts. Designed for 6th-8th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the excerpt multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in PARCC & ACT Aspire testing. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
Thermal Energy Transfer: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
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Thermal Energy Transfer: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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A short nonfiction close reading passage providing a brief introduction to thermal energy transfer, heat, and kinetic energy. This text introduces students to the complex concepts of thermal energy, which are presented in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This is a short passage, and is only designed to serve as an overview or introduction to the concept, or as practice for standardized testing using a topic with which few students have prior knowledge.This passage is designed in such a way that students should be able to analyze the text and respond to testing-style questions without having prior knowledge of thermal energy or energy transfer. This close reading activity is perfect for PARCC or ACT Aspire practice and the integration of Science into English Language Arts. Designed for 5th-7th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the excerpt multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in PARCC testing. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
Castles: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
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Castles: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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Castles: A Nonfiction Close Reading Activity is a nonfiction passage describing the traditional European castle from the Middle Ages. This excerpt was written for students to practice text analysis on a slightly more difficult, technical passage. It is designed in such a way that students should be able to analyze the text and respond to testing-style questions without having prior knowledge. This close reading activity fits well with 5th grade Common Core's Medieval Times unit, or as a History integration piece for any classroom. Designed for 5th and 6th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the technical excerpt multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in PARCC & ACT Aspire testing. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
Back to School Math Task Cards: 3rd Grade CCSS Review
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Back to School Math Task Cards: 3rd Grade CCSS Review

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These Back to School Task Cards are a perfect Common Core State Standards pretest for 3rd graders, or a great review for 4th graders. Find out quickly which of the math standards your students still need work on with these cards, which cover the entire 3rd grade year of CCSS Math Standards. These task cards work well for independent or early-finisher work, small group work, assessments, and more! Students have the ability to self-check their answers by using the provided answer key. Included: * 25 full-color task cards * 3 full-color blank task cards * 1 full-color recording sheet * 1 full-color answer sheet * All items above in grayscale Each question lists the standard at the bottom for your quick reference on what your students still need to work on! Standards covered: 3.OA.A.3 3.OA.A.4 3.NBT.A.1 3.NBT.A.2 3.NBT.A.3 3.NF.A.2 3.NF.A.3 3.MD.A.1 3.MD.B.3 3.MD.C.6 3.MD.C.7 3.MD.D.8 3.G.A.2 This product is not sponsored by or affiliated with the national Common Core State Standards, but provides questions that can help you to assess your students' grasp of these standards