Sharing Our Blessings: A Thank You Giveaway

Even though this past year has probably been one of the most challenging times in our careers, there is still plenty for which to be thankful. I am thankful for the health of my family and friends. I am thankful that all members of my family have been able to get vaccinated. I am thankful that I am able to continue to work at a job that I love.


In the spirit of Thanksgiving and sharing our blessings, I am joining with a group of upper elementary bloggers in this unique hop! The first part includes giving free access to a paid resource (or two) through MONDAY. You can find each blogger linked at the bottom of my post.
The first resource that I'm sharing with you is my Newspaper ELA Centers. This is a fun hands-on way to brush up on ELA skills. The centers include the following:
  • Editor-in-Chief - Students will find twenty mistakes, one in each sentence.
  • Newspaper Scramble - Students will make smaller words out of the word "newspaper."
  • Classified Sort - Students will categorize ads.
  • In the News? - Students will determine if information can be found in a newspaper, an almanac, a dictionary, or an encyclopedia.
  • Synonym Swap - Students will group together synonyms.
One reviewer said, "I have so many of your other centers that I knew I needed to own this set as well. I can't wait to use these this year! My fifth graders always love when I can create engaging and meaningful station activities into the curriculum. These are perfect for our intervention block and the students LOVE them! Once I print and laminate, they're ready for years to come! Thank you!"

My other ELA centers can be found {here}.
The other resource that I'm sharing is the print and online versions of my How to Build a Snowman close reading activities. I have used these nonfiction close reading passages with my own fifth graders to promote more meaningful interactions with text. I purposefully wrote these texts to be high-interest and short so that the students would be motivated to read the text multiple times. They are also discreetly differentiated into five different levels. The follow-up activities have gotten my students to go back to the text and dig deeper.

In this resource, students will practice the following skills:
    ★ Sequencing
    ★ Synonyms/antonyms
    ★ Descriptive writing
    ★ Paired with Snow Crystals (opinion writing)

Here's what other teachers have said about my close reading passages:
"This is of the best purchases I've made on TpT. Your unit is extremely thorough and really interesting. The students enjoy the varied topics...I do too! Keep up the great work!"
"Outstanding resource. The various leveled passages allow my team to plan together, yet still differentiate our instruction based on our students' needs. Love the supplemental resources that go with each passage as well. Thank you!"

I have created close reading passages for other months and topics which can be viewed {here}.


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