Tag Archives : Reading


Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

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Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
8
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

 


Themes in Frankenstein

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Themes in Frankenstein

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Themes in Frankenstein is a meaningful activity for students who are developing themes in Shelley’s novel.

Forget about spending hours developing theses themes yourself. The work is already done for you.

The resource contains three student activity pages and five pages for the answer key.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
8
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
N/A

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

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Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free: Creating a board Game assessment tool

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creating-a-board-Game-assessment-tool-648898

 

Creating a board Game assessment tool

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self assessment rubric is part of bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Themes in Frankenstein

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Themes-in-Frankenstein-3020472

Themes in Frankesntein

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Themes in Frankenstein is a meaningful activity for students who are developing themes in Shelley’s novel.

Forget about spending hours developing theses themes yourself. The work is already done for you.

The resource contains three student activity pages and five pages for the answer key.

It’s teaching made easy!


Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Posters

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Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Posters

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Poster

Learning goals are important for our students’ education and learning. When we have a goal in mind when teaching, everything else serves a specific purpose, and everything seems to fall into place. As teachers, we are asked to display these learning goals in our classroom, but for me, this wasn’t possible.

With 30 plus students in my class, I didn’t have time to write my learning goals on chart paper or display them on the board. Hmmm… what’s a girl to do?

I created these posters to make my life, as well as yours, easier. This bundle offers ALL of the senior, (grade 12) goals and is in line with the Common Core as well as the Canadian curriculums.

The bundle includes:

A 14-page checklist of all of the learning goals, which can help the teacher keep track of what’s been covered and what hasn’t.

55 Learning Goal posters (8×11) that can easily be posted on the bulletin board or the chalkboard at the front of the class.

These posters allow students to track learn the focus of the lesson.

Three strands are covered: (with the focus of each poster clearly indicated)
1) Reading and Interpretation
2) Writing and Representation
3) Oral and Oral-Visual Communication

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
64
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Senior-Language-Arts-Learning-Goals-Posters-2995545

 

Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Posters

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Senior Language Arts Learning Goals Poster

Learning goals are important for our students’ education and learning. When we have a goal in mind when teaching, everything else serves a specific purpose, and everything seems to fall into place. As teachers, we are asked to display these learning goals in our classroom, but for me, this wasn’t possible.

With 30 plus students in my class, I didn’t have time to write my learning goals on chart paper or display them on the board. Hmmm… what’s a girl to do?

I created these posters to make my life, as well as yours, easier. This bundle offers ALL of the senior, (grade 12) goals and is in line with the Common Core as well as the Canadian curriculums.

The bundle includes:

A 14-page checklist of all of the learning goals, which can help the teacher keep track of what’s been covered and what hasn’t.

55 Learning Goal posters (8×11) that can easily be posted on the bulletin board or the chalkboard at the front of the class.

These posters allow students to track learn the focus of the lesson.

Three strands are covered: (with the focus of each poster clearly indicated)
1) Reading and Interpretation
2) Writing and Representation
3) Oral and Oral-Visual Communication

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
64
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Frankenstein Activity

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Frankenstein-Activity-1110383

 

Frankenstein Activity

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

This free activity is part of a larger unit:
Frankenstein Unit (No prep)

I hope you enjoy it.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adaptable-Short-Story-Chart-adaptable-to-all-works-of-fiction-1803945

 

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
N/A

Comprehension Questions and Answers for Lord of the Flies

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Comprehension Questions and Answers for Lord of the Flies

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Comprehension /Questions for Lord of the Flies

These comprehension questions for students were devised to help them focus on the most important parts of the novel. In my experience, students hate answering these questions because there are usually so many of them and many of them aren’t even that important. In this document, there are questions for every chapter, but I’ve only included the most important ones to help students with character, symbol, and theme development. There are 50 questions in total.

Included is:

– Student question sheets (3 pages)
– Teacher’s answer sheets (9 pages)

See preview for more details.

This activity is also part of a larger Lord of the Flies unit:
Click here to preview the Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
13
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adaptable-Short-Story-Chart-adaptable-to-all-works-of-fiction-1803945

 

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
N/A

Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Evaluating-a-Fishbowl-Activity-in-a-Literature-Circle-694363

 

Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
8
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Literature Circle After Reading Reflection

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Literature Circle After Reading Reflection

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This document will help the teacher assess the quality of the novels that were chosen for the literature circles.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
1
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Creating a board Game assessment tool

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creating-a-board-Game-assessment-tool-648898

 

Creating a board Game assessment tool

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self assessment rubric is part of bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Adaptable-Short-Story-Chart-adaptable-to-all-works-of-fiction-1803945

 

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!


Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Evaluating-a-Fishbowl-Activity-in-a-Literature-Circle-694363

 

Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
8
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Creating a board Game assessment tool

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creating-a-board-Game-assessment-tool-648898

 

Creating a board Game assessment tool

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self assessment rubric is part of bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

It’s teaching made easy!


Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Evaluating-a-Fishbowl-Activity-in-a-Literature-Circle-694363

 

Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

Total Pages
8
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

I have spent most of my career teaching little people, and a good part of that time parenting little people, too. One topic of great discussion (well beyond kindergarten and grade one) was that of the Reading Log.

As a first grade teacher, I had mixed feelings about sending them home. It’s fairly easy to figure out early on what will become of one’s students’ reading logs throughout the year. As parents, we all have the best intentions. Teachers know that. Many of us fill both roles.

Life gets busy, especially that in-between school and bed time when you have to make and clean up dinner between driving kids everywhere ensure they’re somewhat clean, and maybe even do some homework. I believe that most parents do read with, or to, their kids. Writing it down (especially when we’re exhausted and feeling like we’re being policed?) Well, that’s a whole other story.

How many evenings did I spend at the end of each month, sitting at my kitchen table with a selection of different colored pens, filling in my kids’ reading logs? We absolutely read each night, probably for too long, but we sure didn’t break the spell to keep track of it all!

It is because I valued passing on the love of reading that, in the case of traditional Reading Logs, our kids learned from me that I was okay with dishonesty (under very specific circumstances). Yep, they learned that the magic of reading trumped honesty. GULP.

The Parent / Teacher Connection:

When I was teaching Reading Recovery, between my training and the variety of students I had, I began to really understand the difference between passive and active learners, and the connection between our roles as parents and teachers. Have you heard the phrase ‘Never do for a child what he can do for himself’? I’m a believer.

There was a very definite link between how quickly my students that were more independent with getting ready for recess or home, for example, and using the strategies I was teaching them, were progressing through the program. Those who simply shrugged when I asked them a question, or stood daydreaming in the hall, expecting someone to come and zip up their jackets were the ones who seemed to struggle the most. They were also the ones who left their reading bags at home, waited to be directed for every step of the same structured lesson we had each day. Some of my students did not have bedtime stories because they ‘didn’t have time’. (That did not surprise me with the amount of time it took to travel down a short hallway!)

I have ‘rejigged’ the reading log for the little people, with the purpose of parents and teachers focusing on maintaining the natural enthusiasm and building responsibility for their learning in our little people! Have a look:


Th 2 Reading Log bw cover

This is the front

cover, with space

for the student’s

portrait and

name. Copy onto

colored paper

or let them color

it themselves! 


Th 3 Reading Logs

This is the first

inside page of

the Reading

Log, with the

legend and a

note for parents

explaining how

it all works! 


Th 4 10 June Reading Log

Students draw in &

submit reading

log with a page

completed monthly.

after discussing  

the 3 boxes at 

bottom at home.


strips - Copy

This is a later addition

to Reading Logs –

rejigged, for anyone

wishing to add extra

strips for additional

tracking (weekly?)

Simply return to your

My Purchases page &

download an update!


Th1 Familiar Reading explained! Free handout for parents and volunteers by ThatFunReadingTeacher

While this is not part of

Reading Logs – rejigged

it is the ideal info sheet

(& freebie) to include

with it or in your

familiar reading bags! 


It is my hope, that by focusing on each child as an individual ‘Superstar’ Reader (front cover), who has an important job to do in bringing his or her special Reading Folder or bag home regularly (hopefully with a library book to listen to, and/or some familiar reading), and returning it to school, it help foster a sense of pride in being a big kid who ‘reads’.

It is also my hope that our earliest little readers and their parents find reading stories at bedtime something they look forward to each night, and that stories accompany them elsewhere in their lives!

Below, please find the links to the free one month trial version and the full versions of Reading Logs – rejigged! If you like this idea, please pass it on!

I would love to hear your thoughts on reading logs, this new one, and alternatives you use.

Best wishes to all of you as we embark on another school year!



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Reading Logs for young readers? Here’s an alternative!

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

I have spent most of my career teaching little people, and a good part of that time parenting little people, too. One topic of great discussion (well beyond kindergarten and grade one) was that of the Reading Log.

As a first grade teacher, I had mixed feelings about sending them home. It’s fairly easy to figure out early on what will become of one’s students’ reading logs throughout the year. As parents, we all have the best intentions. Teachers know that. Many of us fill both roles.

Life gets busy, especially that in-between school and bed time when you have to make and clean up dinner between driving kids everywhere ensure they’re somewhat clean, and maybe even do some homework. I believe that most parents do read with, or to, their kids. Writing it down (especially when we’re exhausted and feeling like we’re being policed?) Well, that’s a whole other story.

How many evenings did I spend at the end of each month, sitting at my kitchen table with a selection of different colored pens, filling in my kids’ reading logs? We absolutely read each night, probably for too long, but we sure didn’t break the spell to keep track of it all!

It is because I valued passing on the love of reading that, in the case of traditional Reading Logs, our kids learned from me that I was okay with dishonesty (under very specific circumstances). Yep, they learned that the magic of reading trumped honesty. GULP.

The Parent / Teacher Connection:

When I was teaching Reading Recovery, between my training and the variety of students I had, I began to really understand the difference between passive and active learners, and the connection between our roles as parents and teachers. Have you heard the phrase ‘Never do for a child what he can do for himself’? I’m a believer.

There was a very definite link between how quickly my students that were more independent with getting ready for recess or home, for example, and using the strategies I was teaching them, were progressing through the program. Those who simply shrugged when I asked them a question, or stood daydreaming in the hall, expecting someone to come and zip up their jackets were the ones who seemed to struggle the most. They were also the ones who left their reading bags at home, waited to be directed for every step of the same structured lesson we had each day. Some of my students did not have bedtime stories because they ‘didn’t have time’. (That did not surprise me with the amount of time it took to travel down a short hallway!)

I have ‘rejigged’ the reading log for the little people, with the purpose of parents and teachers focusing on maintaining the natural enthusiasm and building responsibility for their learning in our little people! Have a look:


Th 2 Reading Log bw cover

This is the front

cover, with space

for the student’s

portrait and

name. Copy onto

colored paper

or let them color

it themselves! 


Th 3 Reading Logs

This is the first

inside page of

the Reading

Log, with the

legend and a

note for parents

explaining how

it all works! 


Th 4 10 June Reading Log

Students draw in &

submit reading

log with a page

completed monthly.

after discussing  

the 3 boxes at 

bottom at home.


strips - Copy

This is a later addition

to Reading Logs –

rejigged, for anyone

wishing to add extra

strips for additional

tracking (weekly?)

Simply return to your

My Purchases page &

download an update!


Th1 Familiar Reading explained! Free handout for parents and volunteers by ThatFunReadingTeacher

While this is not part of

Reading Logs – rejigged

it is the ideal info sheet

(& freebie) to include

with it or in your

familiar reading bags! 


It is my hope, that by focusing on each child as an individual ‘Superstar’ Reader (front cover), who has an important job to do in bringing his or her special Reading Folder or bag home regularly (hopefully with a library book to listen to, and/or some familiar reading), and returning it to school, it help foster a sense of pride in being a big kid who ‘reads’.

It is also my hope that our earliest little readers and their parents find reading stories at bedtime something they look forward to each night, and that stories accompany them elsewhere in their lives!

Below, please find the links to the free one month trial version and the full versions of Reading Logs – rejigged! If you like this idea, please pass it on!

I would love to hear your thoughts on reading logs, this new one, and alternatives you use.

Best wishes to all of you as we embark on another school year!



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The full product comes with all 12 months, plus additional months  for August, October,

November, December and April to keep options open regardless of country or religion!
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Hamlet Guess Who? Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hamlet-Guess-Who-Game-2734208

 

Hamlet Guess Who? Game

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Guess Who? Game for Hamlet is a great way to familiarize students with characters. Included is a game card, the characters cards to cut out, and an instruction sheet. See preview for more details.

The fun thing about this game is that the game changes as the reading progresses. It’s a great way for students to learn characterization and have fun at the same time.

Spice up your Hamlet unit and incorporate a fun and meaningful activity.

This activity is part of a larger unit:
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)

Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

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Adaptable Short Story Chart (adaptable to all works of fiction)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Adaptable Short Story Chart

This short story chart is perfectly adapted to all fiction (short stories, novels, plays….)

The document includes an explanation page as well as pages for students to complete.

It is excellent way to have students identify the different parts of plot.

It includes the following elements:
-narration
-Plot (initial situation, climax…)
-Setting
-Characterization
-Memorable quotes
-Themes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
3
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Frankenstein Activity

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Frankenstein Activity

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

This activity has been designed to help students to understand the creature’s character. Is he a friend, or is he an enemy? Is he solely responsible for his misery?

This activity helps to develop students’ argumentation skills in a fun and meaningful way.

I hope you enjoy it.

It’s teaching made easy!


Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

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Evaluating a Fishbowl Activity in a Literature Circle

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Fishbowl activity is mostly useful during literature circles or in a novel study. Quite literally, the group in the center is being watched by the rest of the class, while they are discussing elements of fiction. This activity is a very important tool in order to teach students how group discussions should run, what is to be said, and how it is to be said. Many times the leader of the discussion doesn’t know how to prompt members to elaborate upon their contributions. This will certainly help.

In addition, it is often difficult for a teacher to evaluate these discussions, which is the reason I have created this package. It is easy to use and you can merely check boxes to quickly assess each member of the groups.

This package contains:
• An explanation of The Fishbowl Activity
• How to run a Fishbowl Activity (within the realm of a literature circle)
• Why such an activity is important
• Evaluation sheets one can use to easily evaluate the discussions and roles of students

It’s teaching made easy!


Free Assessment Tool to Create a Board Game

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creating-a-board-Game-assessment-tool-648898

 

Creating a board Game assessment tool

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This rubric was created to help students understand exactly what is expected of them for this evaluation. It is also an excellent tool to assess students’ progress and final product.

This self assessment rubric is part of bundle as well.

Self-evaluation grids are a great way to guide students in their evaluations. Students will know exactly what is expected of them and will be made responsible for their own success. This package can also easily be changed to be used as peer-evaluations.

It’s teaching made easy!