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Build their own simple seismograph to measure shaking #STEM

CAS: Teachers - Measuring Earthquakes

Science experiment 'testing sunscreen'- test multiple sunscreens on a black piece of paper, leave in sun for a few hours, the sunscreen that works the best will retain the darkest color. Good summer science activity

Tricks for students to use to approach "tricky" words-great for older readers who are working on fluency.

Reading Tricky Words Anchor Chart -

Nonfiction text features

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FREE!! Winter Print and Go 4th and 5th Grade ELA FREEBIE!!! This is a HUGE 15+ page freebie from Kristine Nannini! Perfect for review, as an assessment, morning work, in a center, as homework, and more!

Young Teacher Love: English Language Arts Print and Go Freebie!

Close Reading Passages for Valentine's Day {Grades 4-8}. Leveled passages and leveled text-dependent questions. Everything you need in one resource! ($)

Literacy & Math Ideas: Strategies For Answering Common Core Multi-Part Written Response Questions

For introducing a new story. Have them fill it in as they read. Freebie

Story Skills / Story Elements

16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers

16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers

Scholastic's "Common Themes in Books" handout. There are also quick graphic organizers to use as well with your lessons. Theme is usually a tough one for my kiddos to grasp the first time around.

Free Close Reading Passage of the Week~An Annotated Key Is Included

Literacy & Math Ideas: Free Close Reading Passage of the Week

Here are 30 great organizers! Recently updated from 25 to 30 organizers that can be used for so many activities and reading selections. If you bought my original Graphic Organizer file, you should know that this NEW file has the first 16 organizers from that original file, however this NEW file has 14 additional organizers including an interactive cut and paste, as well as a great non-fiction text feature organizer.

30 Great Graphic Organizers

FREE - ELA Test Prep: Short Response Questions. 2 passages, 3 questions each. Directions: Read each passage carefully! Answer each of the following questions in 2-4 sentences. Use details from the story to support your answers. (click here to read the reviews!)

ELA Test Prep: Short Response Questions

21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills

Fake Reading vs Real Reading Anchor Chart

Head Over Heels For Teaching

Context Clues Anchor Chart (FREEBIE included!) for Anchors Away Monday

vocabulary ideas- Can be used like regular four square. Call out a vocab word . Student is responsible for giving the info for the word in heir square while tossing the all. Rotate to next square and repeat when new word is given. Continue until all words used.

Little Priorities: Vocabulary Four Squares

Context Clues Worksheet Set - Nine worksheets provide original passages and questions to give students lots of practice with using context clues. Students practice using the context as an aid to comprehension, to define content area words, and to practice using multiple meaning words. Types of questions include fill in the blanks, multiple choice, matching, and writing sentences. Passages include both short and long paragraphs. $

Context Clues - Nine Worksheet Set

I couldn't find it on the website, but this picture pretty much is all you need. Looks neat.

200 Passages--A Full Year of Daily Common Core Reading Practice-- Inference, Main Idea, Vocabulary, Point of View--Close Reading, Multiple Choice, Short Response in Multiple Genres. --Informational Text, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Plays, Folktales, and Poetry. Quick, Daily Practice. Many Standards Repeat Across the Weeks for Steady Common Core Review $

Life in Fifth Grade: Drawing Conclusions: Whole Group Lesson

Life in Fifth Grade: Drawing Conclusions: Whole Group Lesson

Building a positive classroom environment--Crockett's Classroom Forever in Third Grade

Crockett's Classroom Forever in Third Grade

Skippyjon Jones Just Right Book printable sign for your classroom. Help students "skip" into the right book!

Parent Support for At Home Reading

Growing Firsties: Parent Support for At Home Reading

A list of FREE online resources for Non-Fiction Texts and Articles. Perfect for Reading Centers. Grades 3-6