Note: You will need Adobe Reader(.pdf) and Microsoft Word (.doc) to view some of these files. Some are also created in Notebook (.notebook) and Microsoft Publisher (.pub). There are also a few Print Shop files, when conversion was not possible. When you click on the links you will be directed to another site to download the files.
Name That Genre Smartboard Lesson: namethatgenre.notebook
Leveled Library Color Coded Bin Cards (Print Shop format) : librarycards
Post it Note Reading
Article: "Assessing Comprehension: A Classroom Based Process" from The Reading Teacher Magazine February 2007 vol. 60 no. 5Reading Key for Informational Books (adapted from Strategies that Work): (A more advanced approach to teaching reading strategies. Includes eight strategies that can be taught as minilessons during Reader's Workshop)
Simple Reading Key: (Great as an introduction to reading strategies or the younger grades)
Advanced Reading Key (adapted from Strategies that Work): (A more advanced approach to teaching reading strategies. Includes eight strategies that can be taught as minilessons during Reader's Workshop)
Advanced Reading Key Example Reference Guide: post-itexamples.pdf
Post it Note reading worksheet : post it.pdf
Advanced Post it Note reading worksheet : postitnotes.pdf
Post it Note Reading Sheet for the Smartboard (follows the reading key symbols) post-it.notebook
"Margin Reading" Student example using post-it note strategies for expository text while writing in the margins. marginreadingexample.pdf
Story Elements with Post it Notes- MapItOut.pdf
Reading Strategies & Mini Lessons
Most lessons inspired and adapted from Strategies that Work
Text to Self Connections: textself.pdf
Text to Text Connections: texttext.pdf
Making Better Connections: betterconnections.doc
I Learned- I Wonder sheet: Students write facts they've learned when reading informational text and record what they wonder about the facts collected to set a purpose to continue reading. learnwonder.pdf
Stop-Think-React sheet: A great sheet to summarize and illustrate reading strategies being used during post-it note reading. stopthinkreact.pdf
Reading Responses & Interactive Bulletin Boards
Literary Letter Prompts (primary) Volume 2.pdf
Literary Letter template.pdf
Literary Letter template- primary lines.pdf
Informational Article Prompts (non fiction reading response)
Informational Article Newspaper Template: newspaper.pdf
Book Review graphic organizer (updated version): criticscorner2.doc
Book Review newspaper template: mini newspaper.doc
Reader's Workshop & Interactive Bulletin Boards
Book Review graphic organizer: critics corner- 4thgrade.doc
Reading Takes Us Places Postcard: Graphic Organizer: postcard-4thgrade.doc
Information Times graphic Organizer: infotimes-4thgrade.pdf
Peer Book Recommendation Interest Cards: interestcards.pdf
Question Answer Relationship Mat: QAR.pdf
|Word Study Resourcesbased on Fountas and Pinnell's Word Matters & Phonics Kit|
*Note: I have taken the Fountas and Pinnell sheets and shrunk them to half sheets for students to glue into their marble notebooks.
Word Study Schedule (M-F) - F&Pschedule.pdf
Personal Words to Learn sheet- personalwords.doc
Buddy Check sheet (Wednesday activity)- buddycheck.pdf
Making Connections sheet (Thursday activity)- connections.pdf
Word Study Buddy Assignments- (in lieu of a bulletin board, Smartboard file)- wordstudybuddies.notebook
Word Study Resources (a companion to model the various activities that are listed above)- wordstudyresources.notebook
Smart Board ResourcesClassroom Connections Page: Great interactive websites!
*Note: You will need Notebook software to open some of these files. You can download the software here.
Introductory Lesson- Fact and Opinion:FactandOpinion.notebook
Word Detectives Lesson: (Great for guided reading extensions, centers, or skills work) worddetectives.notebook
Morning Routine Template: Morningroutine.notebook
Morning Routine Attendance and Lunch Count: Attendance/Lunch Count.notebook
What to Do When You're Done: Gumball Machine.notebook
Group Work Chart (3 variations): Groupwork.notebook
Reading Response and Publishing on the Web
(From the Student Work Hall of Fame page)
Directions: Use the templates below to motivate students to publish their work online. All files are created in Microsoft Publisher. When students complete their work, save the file as a jpeg and upload it to your website.
Management and Organization
Smithtown Elementary ResourcesThis section is for all my friends at Smithtown El.
Lunch Choices with pictures (MS word document)- lunchchoices.doc
Color Coded Bus List (MS word- prints on legal size paper)- buslist.doc
Parent-Teacher Conference Times List (early school)- conferencesearly.doc
Parent-Teacher Conference Times List (late school)- conferenceslate.doc
The Leader in Me Definition Worksheet: leaderdef.pdf
Technology Resources to Make Life Easier
This section features links to some of the useful websites and gadgets I've found that help me with my website and my classroom.
The quickest and easiest way to resize images for your websites and newsletters.
Many of the resources you see above have been inspired by the books listed below.