Mercy Watson to the Rescue - Guided Reading

Mercy Watson to the Rescue - Guided Reading

Mercy Watson to the Rescue is the first in the series of Kate DiCamillo’s series. Students in grades 1-2 love this series! I have created a guided reading packet for students which not only includes the best of reading comprehension strategies, (recall, making inferences, character development, reactions, vocabulary understanding), but also includes “word work” that first and second graders need to learn by using interactive computer activities to further their growth, (ea, oa, silent k words, compound words, base words minus the sneaky e, add –ing). Post Reading activities are included.
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All the Way to Havana - Guided Reading

All the Way to Havana - Guided Reading

All the Way to Havana, by Maragarita Engle, is a wonderful introduction to Cuba, its village and city life. The pictures tell as much about Cuba as the words, making this book very accessible to all students. The cars are the main focus of this book. They are old, and fixable by the families who own them. Each has its own special noise, an introduction to ONOMATOPOEIA. A family travels from a small village to Havana to celebrate a baby’s birth. What this little boy sees from his car window is the essence of Cuban life. I have created a packet with the best of reading comprehension strategies and questions that lead to a “quick” understanding of Cuba’s culture. The illustrations in this book are riveting.
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Stand in My Shoes - Guided Reading

Stand in My Shoes - Guided Reading

Standing in someone else’s shoes allows a person to FEEL that person’s feelings. When someone can stand in someone else’s shoes, they can begin to show empathy. Emily barges into her older sister’s room when Alicia is studying for a test. Alicia explains the meaning of empathy to Emily in a way that Emily understands. Throughout the day, Alicia starts to notice how different people in her life are feeling, and she makes every effort to talk to them and offer her support. My packet reinforces how each person in Emily’s life is feeling, why they are feeling a certain way, and how Emily offers her support in the way of words and actions. As a culmination, students will write about how someone has shown empathy to them, or they have shown empathy to someone else. This is a great beginning of the year book in order to build a strong, supportive community of empathetic peers.
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The Infamous Ratsos - Guided Reading

The Infamous Ratsos - Guided Reading

The Infamous Ratso brothers try to be tough, like their father. Every plan the brothers have is nasty. They try to be bullies. Luckily, however, each plan is foiled so that the Ratso brothers look like they are kind, generous, and softies, the OPPOSITE of what they hoped to be. Because of all the foiled events, the brothers change for the best, and so does their father. This book is a phenomenal chapter book, recommended for grades one and two. A new Ratso book is coming our way in September! Students LOVE sequels! My student prepared packet contains visual images, predictions, sequencing, character traits, reactions, recall, critical thinking, and post reading differentiated activities.
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March - Book Three

March - Book Three

This is the third book in the trilogy called March – Book Three. This graphic novel continues the struggle of African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. The focus of this novel is the fight for the right for African-American to register and vote in southern states. John Lewis is the chairman of one minority group called the SNCC, but he also joins the minority group Martin Luther King Jr. is affiliated with to pursue equal rights. John Lewis tells the movements’ stories with truth, frustration, grace, and thankfulness. Both the words and the graphic pictures tell and show students every powerful story in this time period of the pursuit of justice to obtain the right for African-Americans to vote. I have added some sites and videos for students to see to help clarify the events explained in the book. I have also integrated writing and speech assignments into this one giant social studies’ period of time.
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HAPPY DREAMER

HAPPY DREAMER

Peter H. Reynolds was a HAPPY DREAMER who became a creative and beloved children’s writer. Not all grown-ups are happy with the “dreamers.” Peter gives the message that even though some teachers are not happy with “dreamers” in their class, or some parents are not happy with the “messiness” of creativity, with love and caring, that HAPPY DREAMER will grow up to be a creative successful adult.
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The War that Saved my Life - Guided Reading & Activities

The War that Saved my Life - Guided Reading & Activities

Students will love this book for the events, the character building, the cliffhangers, the happiness, and the sadness. The story begins with a child who was locked in her flat in London because she had a club foot. Her mam abused her terribly. Ada could only see the world from her window. She had no rights to an education. Any of Ada's words were returned with a punch and a night stay in a cabinet underneath the sink. Ada taught herself to walk without her mother's knowledge. Then the war came. Children in London were evacuated and Ada and her brother Jaimie went to live with a woman in the countryside who did not think she could care for the children, but she did. I have included chapter by chapter questions for students to think critically about. As students read, they will think and record the traits of the characters, give evidence, write their reactions, and learn about wartime, World War II specifically. At the end of the packet are nine activities, all that will appeal to the different interests of the diversity in your classroom.
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We're All Wonders - A Focus on Kindness

We're All Wonders - A Focus on Kindness

We’re All Wonders is about the main character, Auggie, in the older version of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Palacio gives a powerful message to younger primary students in this book. She lets students FEEL the unhappiness that runs through Auggie’s very being when he is made fun of and stared at by other people. Auggie feels the need to fly to Pluto with his beloved dog, Daisy, so he can play with others as unique as he is. When he looks back at Earth, he has hopes that kindness will prevail and he and everyone will be looked upon for their “wonder.” This student directed guide, including the best of reading comprehension strategies, will help all students to be “kinder” throughout the year.
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Wonder - Book and Movie Anticipation and Comparison

Wonder - Book and Movie Anticipation and Comparison

Wonder is a must read for fifth graders. Students need to learn empathy and inclusiveness. They need to learn to be true to themselves, and not bend to peer pressure in middle school. In my opinion, there is no better book than Wonder to help students think about being upstanders instead of bystanders. Studying Mr. Browne’s precepts helps students evaluate their daily behavior and encourage them to reach high. In this comprehensive packet, students will use their reading comprehension strategies, while critically thinking about events, characters, and their reactions in the story. In addition, students will start to wonder about what the movie will be like, what parts must be included, how characters should act, etc. There are differentiated post-reading activities that will help students synthesize and evaluate their learning, while anticipating what the movie will be like. When the movie does come out, there are critical questions to help students compare the book and the movie.
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Azzi in Between - A Refugee's Story

Azzi in Between - A Refugee's Story

Azzi in Between is a phenomenal graphic novel that explains the plight of refugees in a way that all children can understand. “There was a country at war, and that is where this story begins…” There is no mention of the country at war. There doesn’t need to be. Unfortunately, war is a fact of life in the world. This is a realistic story about a family who escapes a war-torn country and finds a host country. The main character, a little girl named Azzi, explains the hardships of her family’s escape and life in a new country. The pictures are rich with detail, adding the anxieties and hopes that all refugees have in common. Amnesty International endorsed this book. I created a “Guided Reading” packet to use with students in grades 3-6.
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Fractions in Disguise - Finding Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying Fractions

Fractions in Disguise - Finding Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying Fractions

When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-begotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—a tool that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction and revealing its true form. Equal parts of action and humor add up to a wholly entertaining introduction to simplifying fractions. While the teacher reads and pauses, students can fill out this interactive packet on a clipboard to practice finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. *Every third grader enjoyed and understood how fractions can be “disguised” and “simplified.”
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Save Me a Seat - Fifth Grade Reading Group Unit

Save Me a Seat - Fifth Grade Reading Group Unit

Joe’s friends moved away. He makes daily visits to a resource room to help him learn how to focus on tasks when he is distracted by noises and events occurring in the classroom. Joe has an auditory disorder. He has just started fifth grade. Ravi is the one of the brightest students in his Indian school. His family just moved to America, (New Jersey), and he is in the same class as Joe and Dillon, the class bully. Ravi does not recognize yet that Dillon is a bully. He thinks he is a friend. Joe knows better. He has been the object of Dillon’s abusive behavior in fourth grade, and now during the first week of fifth grade. This is the story of how two young people learn to cope with a bully and accept how they are each different, with dignity. This packet is a perfect reading book to use with a group at the beginning of fifth grade! Readers will draw visual images, state their reactions, give reasons for their reactions, use evidence from the chapter or book to match a trait that was chosen by the reader, and answer critical thinking questions along the way. Included are “integrated” writing assignments that will help students write persuasive pieces and narratives, two different writing experiences fifth graders need to learn and improve upon. Included in this packet are differentiated post-reading activities.
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