Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Clipart

I back today with free clip art.  This free school lunch clip art makes a wonderful addition to your classroom teaching materials.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free Inference Task Cards

Do you sometimes feel as though there is not enough time to get everything done?  Help is here!  Try out this sample version of my differentiated inference task cards for free. The full version has task cards for each guided reading/Lexile level.  Fiction and nonfiction passages are included.  Questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to help students at all reading levels practice critical reading skills and infer ideas.

  • Save hours of planning time.  Since the passages and task cards at written at different levels, students at different reading levels can work on the same skill at their own individual reading levels.
  • Use for progress monitoring.  The Lexile level/guided reading level is written on each task card.  Each level comes with a student recording form and an answer key.
  • Use as a test prep resource.  The questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.  Multiple-choice and short response questions are both included.
  • Use as an RTI (Response to Intervention) resource.  The leveled nonfiction and fiction passages make it easier to review comprehension skills.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


People of all ages love this story! Read it to your class and keep a little silver bell hidden in your pocket. When you read the words "bell" or "silver bell" give the little bell a shake. Give all of the kids a tiny silver jingle bell to ring the second time you read it! 

Kids and adults will take a ride on the Polar Express as they play these board games! There are 3 game boards that can be printed, glued to pieces of light cardboard and laminated for future use. Game boards have different questions. 

Can be printed in color or black and white. Good for small groups. Rotate the boards among the groups so that everyone can answer all the questions. 

Polar Express bookmarks and winner certificates are included. 

Have fun!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Chocolate Fever

Can you imagine waking up one day, covered with brown spots? 

Robert Kimmel Smith's book "Chocolate Fever" is a hit with kids! My 22 page novel packet is aligned with the Common Core StandardsBest for small groups so children can work collaboratively. Activities include:  plot, setting and character activities, writing chocolate couplets, making predictions, summarizing, reacting and responding, chocolate math, creating a story board, drawing activities, response to text, a chapter sheet that can be used as a tri-fold to display and much more!


photo of Chocolate Fever, PDF,  Reading, Ruth S.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko's book "Al Capone Does My Shirts" helps kids understand what it's like to live with an autistic sibling. The story takes place in 1935, before autism was identified, so Moose and his family aren't quite sure why Natalie acts the way she does. 

The family moved to Alcatraz where Moose's father took a job as an electrician. Not only does Moose have to adjust to a new environment, but he can't go to after school baseball practice because he has to take care of his autistic sister, Natalie. How does he feel about missing practice? Conflicted? Protective? Resentful? With so many families affected by autism, these days, this story is a must read.

Take a look at my literature packet with ready to print student worksheets. Also included are detailed instructions, game cards, and many activities that align with the Common Core.


photo of Al Capone Does My Shirts, PDF, reading, ELA, Ruth S.