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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.

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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.
A Face for a Pumpkin: A Halloween Fictional Close Read for 3rd-5th Grade
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A Face for a Pumpkin: A Halloween Fictional Close Read for 3rd-5th Grade

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A Face for a Pumpkin-that's what Corey wants to make when he gets home! In this close reading activity written on a middle-year 3rd grade level, Corey fails to make a jack o' lantern until his dad walks him through the steps. This is a fun fictional read that gets students to look closely at "how-to" writing. In the end, after studying the text for key words and transitions and answering questions, students are asked to write their own how-to passage. A fun Halloween or Fall activity, this close read is all about jack-o-lanterns and "how to" writing. If you have students who do not celebrate Halloween, or if you school does not celebrate Halloween, this activity is perfect for you! The word "Halloween" is not included in the passage or questions, and other related concepts such as trick-or-treating are not mentioned as well. Designed for students to first read independently and then again with a partner, this activity encourages 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. This specific close read was created with Standardized Test Prep in mind, and the questions have the look and feel of Benchmark/SAT 9 test questions. The reading passage is written on a middle of the year 3rd grade Reading Level, which makes the passage ideal for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They can focus on reading closely and paying attention to the text, without getting stuck by too difficult concepts and words. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
Thanksgiving Close Reading Activity - Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story
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Thanksgiving Close Reading Activity - Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story

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Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story is a fictional Thanksgiving-based close reading activity that tells the story of the White House turkey pardoning tradition from the eyes of Pumpkin the turkey. Designed for 4th and 5th grade students, this close reading activity has 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. This close reading passage has a Lexile level of 710L. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
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