Monday, February 23, 2015

Fraction Anchor Chart Freebie and Hands-on Fractions

I'm here to share a fraction anchor chart freebie and a hands-on mini lesson idea I used with my math intervention students. When we started our unit on fractions and did our pre-assessments, I quickly learned that I have a small group of students who need quite a bit of intervention. Unfortunately, many of them lack basic fraction knowledge, including important vocabulary. So, I pulled this small group of students together and created this anchor chart with them.


We started by simply breaking down the definition of fractions. We discussed important vocabulary terms and the parts of a fraction.



After we worked together to create this anchor chart, we got out our notebooks and created different types of fraction models with pencil and paper. The more these students practiced, the better.

Students will use this anchor chart throughout our group meetings as a reference.

I also created a student version of this anchor chart as a reference when they are working on their own, or on practice problems at home.


Click HERE to grab this FREE anchor chart printable to use with your students.

Once I felt that students were mastering different ways to represent fractions on paper, I brought out the Play Dough to tap into some hands-on learning.


Students were asked to show each fraction representation using Play Dough. Yes, even big kids get excited about Play Dough! I absolutely love this intervention lesson because it requires no prep on my part, and students have an absolute blast "playing" with Play Dough. Plus, I love it for small groups. I gave a group of about five students this task, and while they were working, I was able to get up from my small group table and check in on some of my high kids. That can be tough when you're sitting and constantly talking with those small groups!

First, we worked on representing fractions as part of a group.



Once students showed me they mastered this representation, we moved onto fraction circles and fraction bars. For both, we started by talking about numerators versus denominators. We discussed the vocabulary terms, and I made students show me the number of parts the fraction is broken into (denominator). I gave them plastic knives to make cut the whole into the correct number of part.



After our vocabulary discussion on denominators and numerators, students then used Play Dough to make the fractions.





Last, once I felt students were extremely comfortable with these three representations, I introduced fractions on a number line. I think these tend to be the most difficult for students, so I helped them out by creating the number lines myself. Once students feel more confident with this, I will have them create the number lines on their own.


Looking for fraction resource to use with your students? Check out some of my math resources below!



Monday, February 2, 2015

Presidents Day Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More


I'm back with my next Close Reading resource! I posted my Winter Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More, and if you want to see more, click HERE or the "Purchase Here" button at the bottom of this post. 


In addition to my Winter pack, I also posted my Presidents Day Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More


I am SO in love with this resource for a number of reasons. First, I wrote these passages with social studies topics in mind. So, not only can you use them for Presidents Day, but you can also use them all year to tie into your social studies curriculum. Plus, the topics are so interesting. I had such a fun time researching them.

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 president-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
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!


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!



Looking for more close reading resources to use in your classroom? Click the "Purchase Here" button to check them out in my store!

  




Interested in learning more about WHAT close reading is? Check out my blog series on Understanding Close Reading by clicking HERE or the picture below. 





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