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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Common Core Reading Main Idea

My Common Core Standard Reading Main Idea can be used with any story or book! A worksheet requires students to state the main idea from the book or story they're reading, then find details that support the main idea. Also included is a student friendly, self assessment rubric. Also included are other ready to print main idea worksheets. 

This packet is for Common Core (Reading Assessment) Standard 1 - Main idea details. Grades 4 and 5, however, other grades can use them. 

photo of Common Core Reading Standards Main Idea, PDF, Ruth S. common core

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Similes, Metaphors and More!

I LOVE teaching students how to write! 

I've been an avid writer all my life so there's nothing better than teaching them how
 to improve their writing skills.

These ready to print student worksheets can be used with any fiction book. 
Each page has an example of each type of figurative language.

Use as assessment tools and to help reinforce and polish up their assignments.

Once the packets are completed, send them home as a keepsake.


photo of Similes Metaphors and More, PDF, figurative language, writing, Ruth S.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

HOLES by Louis Sachar!

I often wonder where authors get their ideas for their novels. Holes is what I'd call "unique". Louis Sachar's characters really come alive as the story progresses and it's fun to listen to how the kids identify with them.

I created this set of 38 student worksheets for Holes so my students could unravel the mystery of Camp Green Lake and determine how the past is connected to the present. Worksheets include: plot, setting, characters, cause and effect, predictions, themes, main ideas, summarizing, discussion questions for each chapter, symbols, choices (extension activities), connections, opinions, figurative language, rising, falling actions, climax, and more.  Grades 5 - 8  Check out my complete packet at my TpT store.
      HOLES by Louis Sachar Student Worksheets - Ruth S. -