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You could begin by working backward! Theme is soooo difficult for kids to grasp. This might help them by brainstorming stories/books that have specific themes!

Close Reading- anchor chart for introduction to the unit.

Close Reading (Sample Page) Text Talk - Partners stop and talk about the books they are reading. Prompts help to get the discussions started, using evidence based talk.

Rules for when to use K or C :) I always wondered!! (I'm loving learning about the Orton-Gillingham approach!)

Our "Close Reading" Annotation Symbols. In our class, we call it "Reading with a pencil". For this unit of study we focused on "?", "!", and "✭".

Close reading anchor...I like how this one has the "digging deeper" visual (image only)

This "Close Reading" anchor chart helps to explain the strategy to young children.

Great way to teach THEME using Aesop's Fables videos. The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Abridged

Close Reading - What's It All About? {with FREEBIES, videos, and resources!} {Grades K-12}

Paper bag Memory Book for the end of the year. These act as a student "scrapbook" and parents will treasure them forever! Love the "pockets" they create to tuck away notes and pictures. $

FREE "Five Little Bumblebees" poem. Differentiation Station Creations.

Creating Readers and Writers: Spring Cleaning Blog Post... Anchor Chart Gallery

Mrs Jump's class: What is an Insect? Free book

Two Letter Blending I Words - Learn to Read Videos, Beginning Readers, Pre-Readers Phonics Lesson

FREE Main idea and detail pasages including comprehension worksheets