These 21 task cards help students practice the skill and art of writing paragraphs. Here is the breakdown of the 21 cards:
1- 10 complete the paragraph cards. Students must complete the missing sentence. A multiple choice answer sheet is provided or have students come up with their own sentences for a challenge.
2- 5 cards with scrambled paragraphs from book excerpts. Students must figure out the best order for the paragraph. An answer sheet is provided.
3- Two cards which ask students to read a short paragraph and say if there’s a sentence that goes off topic. They must explain their thinking. Answer sheet is provided.
4- Two cards which ask students to underline the topic sentence, circle a detail, and star the concluding sentence. Answer sheet is provided.
5- Two cards which have students writing their own paragraphs about a topic. An answer sheet is not provided for this.
I split the answer sheets into sections as noted above to give you ultimate flexibility. Teacher answer keys are provided, as well as a short paragraph help sheet for student reference.
These task cards can be used as “I’m done” work, in guided reading, in literacy stations, as assessment, or as targeted intervention for English language learners.
An idea is to have a task card corner in your room and add these to a collection of other cards. They can be laminated and used over and over again.
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! The zip file contains PDFs and Word documents.
You can easily get the spelling inventories and the feature guides for grading for free online or in the WTW books.
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1- Spelling inventory student answer key (with record keeping boxes). This can be used with the PSI or ESI. The USI has 31 words.
2- WTW post spelling inventory group organization table (4 included for Entering, fall, winter, and spring)
3- 5 group weekly lesson plan sheet. Just circle the level, write in student names, and the sort number
4- Two different weekly WTW homework tic-tac-toe boards
5- WTW student and/or teacher spelling test grade and skill tracker
6- WTW sample schedule with another sheet that explains the sorts- with sample upper and lower grade schedules!
Included here is a poster with expectations for literature circles written in fun font, with pictures, and kid friendly language. Scroll down for teaching ideas!
Additionally, included are literature circle role sheets with expectations for each role and examples.
3- Setting setter
4- Question Asker (HOT=higher order thinking question stems)
When I use these sheets, I 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. I have students glue the role sheet into each notebook.
Fishbowl discussions are an amazing tool for rich class discussions- they allow students to deep dive into topics and get them thinking critically. Also, they encourage participation from the ENTIRE class! Once students become experts at the fishbowl, you can have several of these running at once!
This packet will get you started and running successful fishbowls in no time!
Included in the packet:
1- Grading rubric
2- Graphic organizer for students for preparing for the fishbowl and to help organize their thoughts during the fishbowl
3- Questions to help you get started with your fishbowl discussions
4- Detailed instructions for running successful groups
5- Accountable talk sentence starters
I designed this unit to celebrate the unsung women heroes both in the past and also in students’ personal lives.
Included in this unit study are teacher notes, three readings on three unsung women heroes, a brochure project template, Venn diagram template, and an essay page. Students will need access to laptops and the internet for certain parts of this project.
Students start by learning about at least three women (although I give suggestions for names of more women). They then choose two to compare and contrast. Following this, they choose one to create a brochure about teaching others about this woman. Lastly, they write an essay about this woman or another unsung female hero in their lives. This unit moves from a broad scope of study and slowly narrows students in their focus.
This unit can take anywhere from two to three weeks depending on how much extra research you have students conduct and the amount of time allocated working on it.
I am always available for questions and comments!!
Students study what makes a great marketing tool and then implement what they learn to create their own brochures. Students pitch the brochure to administration and other school stakeholders. Please try to have administration buy in before starting so it’s authentic, but this is not a requirement.
Everything you need is included in this project including a student created sample brochure! This will make PBL a breeze!
1- Student project launch handout
2- Teacher directions
3- PBL group contract
4- Daily group work reflection sheets
5- Expert interview question/answer sheet (you do not need to do this)
6- School official interview request email template for students and notes page- students are encouraged to get information about their school through interviews
7- Sales pitch FAQ page for students so they can make their sales pitches
8- Brochure rubric and judge’s form
9- Sample student made brochure
*Brochure template from Drive: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tiFDmRG4A8vqEYhzWzVCtYvpgZ-rdpunY70ZS4oWJMY/edit#slide=id.p
Students are encouraged to interview school community members and to take photographs for the brochure. Students need access to Google Drive (preferably) and a camera so they can take pictures of the school.
Included in this pack are:
1- Directions page
2- Grammar help sheets for student referral
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.
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. Please note that students should already have been exposed to opinion writing!
This activity can take 2-3 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.
1- PowerPoint- editable
2- Opinion tips handout sheet- PDF
3- My sample opinion piece- editable
PLEASE NOTE: Having access to computers would be best!
20 picture based quick writes perfect for getting those creative juices flowing!
These are great for morning work, center work, or “I’m Done” work. Quick writes should only take about 5-10 minutes and will vastly improve writing. The goal is to focus on quality of writing. Each quick write has a photo, a writing checklist, and space to write.
The writing checklist includes the following:
Use a hook to start
Help my reader visualize my story using sensory details
…Plus more tips.
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You get access to my best selling build a paragraph task cards, grammar task cards, and inference task cards. Keep them, laminate them, and use them over and over again. These are great for guided reading, literacy stations, or “I’m done” work.
This is a huge resource which includes student help sheets, student answer keys, and 42 task cards!
Here is everything you need to teach persuasive writing in a fun student driven differentiated way! There is very little direct teaching involved yet students are able to produce remarkable results. The teacher acts as the facilitator and guides students’ thinking appropriately. The unit is interactive and tied to the real world. Students’ final product is a 5 paragraph essay.
All files are editable!
When you purchase this you will get:
1- Detailed teaching method from start to end
2- Persuasion technique practice cards
3- A sample teacher written persuasive essay
4- Persuasive techniques in the real world worksheet
5- Persuasive technique poster
6- Detailed sentence frame to help students with their writing
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, or for anytime during the year. 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!
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!
The critique process teaches students how to give and accept feedback in order to produce their best work. This lesson will guide you and the students through this process using a simple pencil drawing. All’s you need to do is find a simple photo online that students can reproduce easily, but not too easily. The lesson will guide you through the rest. You will be amazed at what students can accomplish after they have learned how to give one another effective feedback. Students also love to look through their drafts and comment on how much better they got with each successive draft.
These are 12 inference task cards with varying levels of complexity. Suggested answers are included as well to help you!
Here is a breakdown of the activities:
1- 6 photographs with prompts
2- 3 very brief two - three line stories with prompts
3- Slightly more advanced text excerpts with prompts
For each exercise, students must be able to point to and discuss the evidence they used.