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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.
Columbus Day: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade
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Columbus Day: A Non-Fiction Close Read for 4th-6th Grade

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"Columbus Day: A Close Read for 4th-6th Grade" is a close reading passage and questions designed to teach students about the national holiday Columbus Day, while also teaching reading comprehension and strategies. Students will learn a little about why we celebrate Columbus Day in America, and why Columbus is an important historical figure. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The reading passage is written on an end-of-the-year 5th grade Reading Level. This makes the passage ideal for 4th and 5th grade students, because the nature of the assignment leads them to read closely for a greater understanding of a more difficult text. Within the passage, Columbus Day is presented in a non-fiction format. 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 range from basic knowledge to inference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.