Smoky Night | Caldecott Book Guided Reading Activities

Smoky Night is a 1994 children’s book by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of a Los Angeles riot and its aftermath through the eyes of a young boy named Daniel. The ongoing fires and looting force neighbors who previously disliked each other to work together to find their cats. In the end, the cats teach their masters how to get along. The book made the list of One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century compiled by the Staff at the School Library Journal. They added the book to the list as paving the way towards the genre of serious picture books. David Diaz’s acrylic, collage-like illustration of the tale earned the book the 1995 Caldecott Medal.

Here is an engaging resource to use when reading and studying the book and it’s topic….

This Reading / Literacy resource offers guided reading questions and student activities that will help students get the most from Eve Bunting’s book, Smoky Night. (1995 Caldecott Medal award winning book illustrated by David Diaz!) During this unit, students will be asked to give opinions, answer factual questions about the story, use critical thinking skills and be creative!

What it includes:

For the Teacher:

  • Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed.
    Guided reading is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency’. The small group model allows students to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Questions have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills (see those chosen).

For the Students:

  • Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
  • Worksheet to produce questions while reading
  • Worksheet to produce questions after finishing the reading
  • 3 art responses
  • Vocabulary – Word Wall / Flash Cards with definitions provided (Suggested use: Have students match definitions and discuss during group)
  • Vocabulary Fill-in-the-blank worksheet
  • 2 extended writing prompts with pages to produce student writing.

All writing pages include dashed and solid lines because this has been designed for 1st -3rd grades. You choose what is best for your students’ needs and abilities!

Lexile Measure: 360L

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Kindergarten | 1st Grade Winter Themed Language Arts and Math Worksheets

Want some Language Arts (Literacy) and Math worksheets to use during the months of December and January? The below resources all have Winter themes (non-Christmas – just Winter) and cover a large number of early learning skills such as word creation, word families, rhyming, matching, suffixes, number work, arithmetic, money work, measurement, patterns, shapes and more!

Snowman Math for Winter Months (1st Grade Skills)

Snowman Math for Winter Months resource is packed full of 1st grade Math skills! Great to use for review, seat work, homework and math centers – Includes 30 student pages…enough for an ENTIRE MONTH OF REVIEW & REINFORCEMENT!

Skills include:

  • Addition (up to 20, up to 30, no carry. carrying, doubles and tens)
  • Subtraction (no borrowing)
  • Even and Odd
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Graphs – Reading and Creating
  • Patterns
  • Skip Counting
  • Money
  • Reading a thermometer
  • Greater than – Less than
  • Fractions

Designed for use with 1st grade students as well as for advanced Kindergarten and remedial 2nd grade.

Winter Themed Skills Workbook | Kindergarten | 1st Grade | Perfect for January

Winter themed skills workbook to give your students a full month of Language Arts and Math activities for January! There are 29 student pages that can be used for mini-lessons, extra practice for struggling learners, seat work for early finishers, homework, group work, and centers. Print and Go – No Prep required.

Skills covered in this resource:

  • Shape identification
  • Matching pictures with sentences
  • Rhyming words work
  • Matching capital letters with lower case letters
  • Making words (changing first letters)
  • Pattern work
  • Measurement
  • Color identification
  • CVC Word work – Short ‘a’ – ab, – am, -ag, -ap
  • Cloze passages
  • Alphabetical order
  • Suffixes -s, -ed, -ing
  • Money: Pennies only, Pennies and Nickels, and Pennies, Nickels and Dimes
  • Fine motor skills (tracing, drawing, coloring).

Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! (NO PREP)

When it is cold out and you want FUN, NO PREP lessons, this is the resource: Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! This unit will provide you with a couple months worth of student activities.

Included:

  • Language Arts Skills include reading comprehension, sentence sequencing, handwriting / copy work, snow vocabulary work, phonics (“sn” words), rhyming, poetry, punctuation (period, question mark or exclamation mark), complete sentence identification, noun or verb
  • Math Skills: Symmetry, single digit addition and subtraction, even vs odd, number words, graphing, size comparison, telling time, counting money, greater than / less than
  • Science: Learning about how snow forms and the five different types of crystals formed at various temperatures.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Handwriting, Tracing, Drawing, Cutting and Pasting

Mitten Themed Literacy, Math and Science Winter Activities

This resource focuses on language, math and science and is based around 4 ‘Mitten’ themed poems. Perfect to use for mini-lessons, within a literacy circle or in centers during Winter months!

The poems and the skills/activities for each…

  • Mitten Left & Right:
    • Color words (Math) and topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Handwriting / Tracing worksheets for copying the poem
    • Drawing and ABC order worksheet
  • Kitten’s Mitten
    • Color words (Math) and topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Kitten’s Mitten shape book for students to complete (students will cut, color and trace with a focus on colors)
    • Drawing and ABC order worksheet
    • Several color based worksheets using multiple skills (including using a key)
  • Mittens Left and Right
    • Topic-related vocabulary (Literacy) word wall or center flash cards
    • Worksheets focusing on learning ‘left’ and ‘right’
  • The Mitten (A Ukrainian Folktale)
    • Animal vocabulary (Literacy & Science) word wall or center flash cards (animals from the poem)
    • The Mitten shape book for students to complete (students will cut, color and trace focusing on the animals)
    • Animal picture cards (Science)
    • Animal habitat / homes activities to use with picture cards (Science)
    • Fill in the missing vowels (animal names)
    • Matching animals with their names

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Using Positive Affirmations to create a Growth Mindset in students

We all have a ‘little voice in our head’ that is continually telling us something about our abilities, our character, our strengths and our value in this world. Is your little voice a positive voice or is it more negative?

Every student that walks inside a classroom has that same ‘little voice’ too. It’s been created through their life experiences and what has been said to them by parents, friends, and teachers.

If students do not believe in themselves, their abilities to learn, create, explore and communicate will be vastly limited!

That is why research shows that creating a positive growth mindset in students – a ‘can do’, ‘never stop’, ‘I can’ attitude – is so important. One fantastic way to do this is to purposefully teach students positive, personal affirmations….and that is why I’ve created the complete set of resources to do just that!

Bundle #3 is a resource that contains all products to help you drive home positive,
self-affirmations in your students.

I’ve created several resources and bundled them so that you, as a parent or educator, can make the most impact in a child’s life and save money purchasing everything in this one bundle!

In this bundle, you’ll find classroom posters, a coloring book, bookmarks and a journal (differentiated for use with PreK-2nd Grade)…

Product #1: Positive Affirmation Posters for Growth Mindset
This resource includes 20 colorful, student-centered, self-affirming quotes. Use throughout your classroom or display one at a time (one week at a time) as you teach and reinforce each affirmation.

Product #2: Positive Affirmations Coloring Book
This resource exactly mirrors the posters (product #1) and students will love coloring each page.

Product #3: Positive Affirmation Bookmarks
This resource includes 3 sets of bookmarks that exactly aligns with the products above.
* Set 1: B/W for students to color.
* Set 2: Full-Color
* Set 3: Color illustrations with B/W font.

Product #4: Self-Affirmations Journal – Differentiated
This resource includes 3 levels of journal pages for each affirmation.

  1. Level 1: Students print over dotted-lined words and draw a picture
  2. Level 2: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on provided lines (with dotted middle line).
  3. Level 3: Students write the affirmation plus answer 2 questions on single lines.

The affirmations are simple and straight to the point…Perfect for use with younger students!

The affirmations included:
1. I believe in myself.
2. I am important.
3. I am unique.
4. I have a good mind.
5. I can do anything I decide to do.
6. I have a lot to give.
7. I can learn new things.
8. I am a hard worker.
9. I will always keep trying.
10. I will always put forth my best effort.
11. I can learn from my mistakes.
12. I can learn from feedback.
13. I am always learning.
14. I can make good choices.
15. I can be a good friend.
16. I am a good listener.
17. I will follow my dreams.
18. I will make a difference.
19. I will be an inspiration to others.
20. I will be successful.

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An Opportunity to Change Lives – 10 Greatest Gifts Project

I recently became a founding member of a nonprofit called The 10 Greatest Gifts Project. The primary focus of this organization is taking the tools and concepts of Steve Vannoy’s book “The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children”.

Our purpose is to build priceless qualities and values, like honesty, responsibility and self-reliance, and therefore health and joy, into every family in the world.

The foundation of our mission and culture is our committed team, partners, presenters, and volunteers. We will treat our core team with dignity, respect, and honesty, demonstrating transparency and authenticity at every juncture.

Our vision is to create a large network of volunteers and presenters who will bring these valuable parenting and grandparenting tools to every corner of the world, societal class, every race and religion, so that families of all types can enjoy a transformed and upstream life together.

Want to get involved and change lives?

Presenters are on the front lines of our mission and vision for The 10 Greatest Gifts Project.

Presenters are our front-line team directly serving parents, grandparents and educators.  Our presenters find our session sponsors and help attract our audiences. They directly share the 10 greatest gifts tools and concepts in their unique way to profoundly serve and transform families. We carefully select, train, certify and coach dynamic, passionate, and highly dedicated individuals to take the 10 greatest gifts  message to the world’s parents, grandparents and educators.

While some candidates may envision a thriving speaking business, other candidates may want to contribute to helping families move upstream on a smaller scale and only hold seminars once or twice a month.

Find out more @ https://10greatestgifts.org/

We partner with parents, grandparents and educators to instill priceless qualities and values in our children and future adults. Together, we master and implement our proven 5 tools (Teach, Listen, Model, Message, Focus) and other related tools and concepts. The gifts of qualities and values will be a little different for each family, but some of our favorites are honesty, self-reliance, compassion, confidence and responsibility.

Responsible children grow to be responsible adults, and responsible adults rarely put any sort of economic or social strain on the world.

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Using Teaching Videos for Reading Instruction

The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.

So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate.  That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.

How do my word family videos engage students?

  •  First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
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  •  Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘…
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    After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
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    (If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)

    At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…

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    (As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )

  •  Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video.
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    The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!

As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:

7 Videos for short a word families

  1.  –ab
  2.  –ad
  3.  –ag
  4.  –am
  5.  –an
  6.  –ap
  7.  –at

 5 Videos for short e word families

  1.  –et
  2.  –en
  3.  –eg
  4.  –ed
  5.  –ell

I will be continually adding new word family videos to my TPT store! You will be able to find them here.

Math Review Skills for 1st Grade – Winter / Snowman Themed

 

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This WINTER – Snowman – Themed 1st grade Math packet has been designed to use for reinforcement of skills, in math centers, for seat work or to give as homework. Perfect for January or any winter month!

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Skills covered in this packet:
2 digit and 3 digit addition with sums up to 20, 30
Addition of Doubles
Addition of 10’s
Subtraction
Even & Odd
Number words to 19
Comparisons: Greater than / Less than
Comparisons: Tallest/Shortest, Smallest/Largest
Completion of number sentences
Fact Families
Number Patterns
Skip Counting
Before and After

Ordinal Numbers
Graphing – Reading a Graph / Creating Graphs
Telling Time
Reading a Thermometer
Counting Money: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters (Less than $1.00)
Fractions: Comparing and Recognizing

Can also be used for advanced Kindergarten or remedial 2nd grade.

HOW TO GET THIS RESOURCE…

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January (Winter) Math unit – (No Prep) Multiple Skills for 2nd and 3rd Grades

 

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This NO PREP packet for January has a lot of FUN and engaging activities to keep kids learning during the cold month of January! You do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink! These activities are perfect for morning work, math centers, homework folders and more!

Includes:
2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
2 digit addition word problems
2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
Even/Odd identification
Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
Critical Thinking skill worksheets
Order of Operations
Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
Counting coins
Fractions: identifying, comparing and naming
Equivalent Fractions
Multiplication: Writing equations
Multiplication: 1-12
Multiplication word problems
Division word problems
Measurement: Reading a ruler
Geometry: Shape identification (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, pentagon, rectangular prism
Geometry: Vertices, faces, sides, edges
Geometry: Finding the perimeter

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HOW TO GET THIS RESOURCE…

If you are a CHSH-Teach.com Download Club subscriber, you may download this unit here!

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Snow Themed / Winter Unit for Firsties! (NO PREP)

When it is cold out and you want a FUN, NO PREP – Snow themed – unit to provide hours of learning for your firsties, this is it!

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See what’s inside:

Language Arts Skills include reading comprehension, sentence sequencing, handwriting / copy work, snow vocabulary work, phonics (“sn” words), rhyming, poetry, punctuation (period, question mark or exclamation mark), complete sentence identification, noun or verb

Math Skills: Symmetry, single digit addition and subtraction, even vs odd, number words, graphing, size comparison, telling time, counting money, greater than / less than

Science: Learning about how snow forms and the five different types of crystals formed at various temperatures.

Fine Motor Skills: Handwriting, Tracing, Drawing, Cutting and Pasting

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HOW TO GET THIS RESOURCE…

If you are a CHSH-Teach.com Download Club subscriber, you may download this unit here!

Non-Download Club subscribers, you may purchase this resource here on TPT!