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Peter Pan Book Unit ~ Chapter 2

Chapter 2 The Shadow ~ Free Peter Pan Book Unit ~ Each week collect one resource until you have the complete Peter Pan Book Unit.

Chapter 2 The Shadow

Chapter 2 The Shadow Summary

Mrs. Darling shouts when she sees Peter Pan in the nursery. This brings the Newfoundland Nana running into the room. Peter heads for the window but not before Nana traps his shadow. Mrs. Darling folds up the shadow and places it inside a drawer. She decides not to tell her husband about this. Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ Varying Sentences

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook
  At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all materials needed to complete this varying sentences lesson.

The Lesson 

  Activity #1 ~ Types of Sentence Problems

These three sentence problems are ones I see repeatedly in student writing. Recognizing different types of sentence problems is essential if you don’t wish for your students to make errors. This foldable style graphic organizer makes students aware of common mistakes that are frequently made:

  • Choppy sentences are sentences that are too short. When several short sentences come together, they force the reader to go slowly. This makes the writing seem more “elementary” than it
    truly is.
  • A run-on sentence is when two or more sentences are combined without connecting words or punctuation.]
  • A stringy sentence is when too many clauses usually connected with and, but, so, and because, connect sentences forming one very long sentence. Stringy sentences are so long the reader forgets the beginning of the sentence before reaching the end.]

Activity #2 ~ Types of Sentences

Once students realize they have short choppy sentences (or long stringy sentences), they will need to correct them by turning the some of the sentences into different types. This organizer goes over four sentence types: Continue Reading

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Peter Pan ~ Chapter 1 “Peter Breaks Through”

Chapter 1 ~ Peter Breaks Through ~ Free Peter Pan Book Unit ~ Each week collect one resource until you have the complete Peter Pan Book Unit.

Chapter 1 ~ Peter Breaks Through

Where Do I Begin

If you wish to use the entire Peter Pan Book Unit, the best place to start is with the FREE introduction resource found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This resource contains the following: Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ The Hook

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook
 While there are many great ways for students to begin a narrative, many students need to be taught patterns they can follow. With upper elementary students, I like to cover five methods for writing a hook. At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to all materials needed to complete this lesson.

Writing a Narrative Hook 

   Activity #1

As a reference, have students create cards that describe the five methods for writing story hooks. Printables for this activity are included in the pdf file.

 Activity #2

Here are five story hooks for the same story. They illustrate five different methods for beginning the story. Read each one and discuss. Here are some questions you might ask: Continue Reading

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Parent Connection Newsletter ~ Issue #2

Are you interesting in sending a monthly newsletter to your parents? This one focuses on reading and writing and includes tips, resources, activities, and ways to get the reluctant reader reading. Parent Connection Newsletter ~ Issue #2

The Parent Connection newsletter provides parents with ideas and links to resources to help their children learn to read more fluently. This post contains Issue #2 in the series.

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Peter Pan Book Unit

Free Peter Pan Book Unit ~ Each week collect one resource until you have the complete Peter Pan Book Unit.

Peter Pan Book Unit

Exciting News!! After receiving such wonderful feedback about my last book study, I have decided to create a second series of posts for the novel Peter Pan. The Plan
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A Teacher’s Guide to Higher Level Questions

This free staggered flip organizer can be added to the inside of your plan or grade book for quick easy access to higher level questions.

This organizer provides a quick reference for teachers to come up with higher level questions on the fly. The staggered flip organizer is divided into five areas teachers use in reading class. The organizer includes inference, main idea, summarizing, compare and contrast, and problem/solution questions.

TEAM Evaluations

With every TEAM evaluation, evaluators must find an area of weakness. Teachers must then come up with an action plan for improving this area. During one evaluation, my area of weakness was I needed to use a greater variety of questions during classroom instruction. Continue Reading

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