Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Classroom Decor Giveaway From Staples! Valued at $125!

Staples has recently expanded their teacher and education supply section online and in stores to help support educators all year. Their goal is to help teachers "Make More Happen". If you are in need of classroom decor or teaching aids, don't forget to think of Staples. They've got you covered! I mean, look at these amazing resources!

There are letters, folders, library pockets, tons of fun borders, shape cut-outs, name tags, desk plates, stickers, certificates, charts, classroom decor sets, and more!  

Below is a list of just SOME of the items Staples is so graciously giving away: 
  • Carson-Dellosa Publishing Colorful Cut-Outs (perfect for cubby tags, game    pieces, desk tags, name tags, awards, crafts and more)
  • Carson-Dellosa Publishing 4” EZ Letters (Red, Blue, Yellow)
  • Carson-Dellosa Publishing Mini Bulletin Board Set (Winter)
  • Carson-Dellosa Publishing 2 1/4” Scalloped Border (14 varieties!)
  • Carson-Dellosa Publishing Bulletin Board Set (3 varieties!)
  • Remember Me!™ Name Tags & Adhesive Labels
  • Remember Me!™ Double-Sided Desk Tags & Bulletin Board Signs (use as desk tags, signs, word walls and more)
  • Barker Creek® Decorate & Celebrate Bookmarks
  • Barker Creek® Recognition Awards (pack of 30)
  • Barker Creek® Chevron – The Beautiful Double-Sided Accents
  • Barker Creek® Lasting Lessons® Pick-a-Pocket™ Library Pockets
  • Barker Creek® Lasting Lessons® Dots Mini Letter Pop-Outs (2 varieties)
  • Barker Creek® Chevron The Bold Letter Pop-Outs
  • Barker Creek® Functional File Folders (5 varieties!)
  • Barker Creek® Let’s Write! Computer & Writing Paper (2 packs)
How would you like a box FULL of these amazing items? Thanks to the generosity of the wonderful people at Staples, I am giving away a box like this to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below, and I'll announce the winner both here and on my Young Teacher Love Facebook page by 1/29/15 at 12:00 PM EST. Good luck!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Understanding Close Reading: The Last of Part 1 - What is Close Reading?

I'm back with the second post discussing WHAT is close reading.

If you want to start reading this blog series from the beginning, click HERE to go back to the first post: Understanding Close Reading: Part 1 - What is Close Reading?

In the first post, I broke down the definition of close reading:

If you read the first post, you saw that I broke the definition of close reading down into three key parts:

1.) Purposeful re-reading
2.) Analysis
3.) Use of complex text

In an effort to avoid information overload, the first blog post (found HERE)  focused only on Purposeful Re-reading and Analysis.  

In this post, I will break down the last part of that definition: Use of complex texts. 

I'd love to know your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on the WHAT of this blog series you just read. Leave your comments below. Thank you!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Student Gifts Ideas

Happy Holidays! Are you getting excited yet? I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping, which is a bid deal for me. I tend to be a last-minute shopper. But let's face it, I do my my best work under pressure!

In addition to shopping for my family and friends, I also like to do something small for my students. We are like a little family, and they're my kids, right?! I know many of you can relate. Last year, I gave my students $1 books from Scholastic, bookmarks, candy, pencils, and my Winter Print and Go Freebie (without my cute cover on it, as you can see). You can read more about this HERE.

We also opened our team-building stockings, which you can read more about HERE. They were honestly super excited and appreciative of everything I gave them.

Each year, I rack my brain trying to think of something easy and inexpensive to give my students. Does this also happen to you? So to help you, I created a Pinterest board FILLED with tons of ideas for student gifts! The Pinterest board is titled Student Holiday Gift Ideas.

Since we're all so busy, I figured I'd help you out and do all the thinking for you! In 24 hours, I've already pinned about 50 ideas for you. All you have to do is follow the board and scroll through the ideas. 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Understanding Close Reading: Part 1 - What is Close Reading?

I'm back for my next installment on close reading!

I am so excited to FINALLY share what I have been working so hard on. A few weeks back, I asked my Facebook followers to rate their understanding and knowledge of close reading. I was shocked to learn that so many teachers didn't really know much about it (me being one of them). How can we be required to implement things in our classroom if we don't have the proper training and knowledge?

So, I decided to roll up my sleeves and sort through all of this information and research to help you all better understand close reading. I will be providing you with an informational blog series on the WHAT and HOW of close reading.

Like my last informational blog series, I will be blogging about this topic over the course of a few posts. At the very end, I will compile all of the slides into a free PDF for you. 

The first part of this blog series is understanding WHAT close reading is.

As you can see, I broke the definition of close reading into three key parts:

1.) Purposeful re-reading
2.) Analysis
3.) Use of complex texts

In an effort to avoid information overload, this blog post will focus on Purposeful re-reading and Analysis. I will address the Use of complex texts in my next post. Click HERE to read the post on Use of complex texts.

The document above is included in each one of my close reading packs, but I typically make this into an anchor chart for students to reference. Not only does it help me stay organized, but it also helps students understand the purpose of each read in connection with the standards.

Stay tuned to the last part of WHAT is close reading: use of complex text.

Click HERE or the picture below to check out the second part of PART 1: WHAT - Use of Complex Text. 

Do you need close reading resources to get you started in your classroom? Check out the resources below by clicking the "Purchase Here" button! 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions, & More

I'm back with my next Close Reading resource for you! If you and your students enjoyed my Fall and Thanksgiving Close Reading resource, you will love my Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More

The information below is just a sample of what's included! Click HERE to check out the preview to see more!

I created this seasonal close reading resource to help students read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose.

It contains everything you need to implement close reading in your classroom! 

Leveled Passages
Included in this resource are four Christmas-themed reading passages. There are three levels of each passage so you can easily differentiate for your students! The levels are based on word count and Lexile levels which can be found in the top left corner of each passage. 

Each passage contains text features and bolded vocabulary words for your students to analyze.  

Implementation Printables
I've also included a step-by-step implementation guide. I've researched several strategies for close reading and have developed a process that will make your life easier, and help your students develop skills to read for deeper meaning.

In addition to the step-by-step implementation guide, I've included an Understanding the Standards Teacher Guide. This printable helps teachers understand the purpose of each reading, and how each reading ties into specific Common Core Anchor Standards. I've outlined what each student should focus on and the learning targets for each read.

Annotation Guides
These printable annotation guides are a resource to help students quickly annotate or mark up the text using symbols. I've included two different levels of the printables.

Close Reader Poster
Is this little gingerbread not the cutest thing ever? This Close Reader Poster is a great visual reminder to help students understand their role as a close reader.

Text-Dependent Questions, Writing Prompts, and Graphic Organizers
Each passage includes text-dependent questions for each of the three themes or categories in the Common Core Anchor Standards (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas). The questions require students to cite evidence from the text to support their answers.

In addition to the text-dependent questions, I've also included graphic organizers for key ideas and details, vocabulary, main idea, and more!

Each passage also includes one writing prompt that is to be completed after the third read. This writing prompt requires students to synthesize or make connections by combining their thinking and knowledge with evidence from the text.

Detailed answer keys are also included.

Like I said above, this is only a small preview of what's included!

Click the button below to check it out!

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Also, make sure you check back for more information on close reading. There will be additional blog posts to follow.

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