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postheadericon Skills Sheets for Unit 2 Reading Street

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Another day of skills sheets! 

 I use these for planning and teaching. I also keep each skill sheet in a folder with the rest of the resources for each story. I also have a copy in my Teacher Binder for quick reference each day. They come in handy! 

 

 

(To download the PDF, click on the images below)

 

A Big Fish for Max

2.1 A Big Fish For Max skills sheet

 

 

The Farmer in the Hat

2.2 The Farmer In the Hat skills sheet

 

Who Works Here?

2.3 who works here skills sheet

 

The Big Circle

2.4 The Big Circle skills sheet

 

Life in the Forest

2.5 Life In the Forest skills sheet

 

Honey Bees

Honey Bees skills sheet

 

UNIT 2 OVERVIEW:

Reading Street Unit 2 Overview

 

To see Unit 1 Skills Sheet, click on the link below:

Unit 1 Skills Sheets

postheadericon Unit 2.6 Honey Bees- Resources for the classroom

 

Honey Bees is such a great story. There is just so much you can do and teach with this story. Here are several free resources for you to use in the classroom. 

 

FOCUS WALL PACK

This Focus Wall Pack can be downloaded for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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I also create a skills sheet for each story. We send them home to our parents at the beginning of each story. 

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

Honey Bees skills sheet

 

Spelling and High Frequency Words

You can download these word cards from Teachers Pay Teachers for FREE. They are bee themed and just adorable. 

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I also created word cards for this story. I photocopy these words onto colored card stock and keep them in a pocket chart in my classroom to review each day with my students. 

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

1.6 spelling words

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

 

2.6 High Frequency Cards

 

Spelling Sorting Center:

You can use this sorting resource at your teacher table or as an independant center. I always model centers at my teacher table, then release it to an independant center. The words are on the sheet below:

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

1.6 spelling words

The children sort the cards into the correct category using this sheet:

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

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Then, they record their work on this sheet:

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

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WORD WORK: VC/CV WORDS

I also used this at my teacher table, then released this sheet into an independant center. 

We practiced finding the VCCV pattern by putting a V or a C under each letter in the word. I had them find the VCCV pattern, put a box around it, then had them draw a line between the two consonants. Once they were "experts" at this activity, I gave it to them to practice independantly. 

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

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VC/CV WORD MATCH CENTER:

I made this center for the children to match in an independant center. This center has words to match and it includes a recording sheet for the students to complete as they match their words. 

(You can download this PDF by clicking on the image below)

 

VCCV word match

 

WRITING:

My students love to write nonficiton sentences. They love learning about any type of animal, in this case a type of insect, and writing about them. 

I found a few free resources that can be used along with this story. 

 

This is a tree map graphic organizer. They are easy to teach, complete, and bring to a completed writing sample. I use these often and they work every time.

You can download this at A Cupcake for the Teacher for FREE. 

 

bee graphic organizers

 

When we write, I love to have the children write on special writing paper. 

You can download this from Teachers Pay Teachers for Free. This is the second page in the packet.

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Reading Response:

I also found this as an additional resource. 

You can download this sheet from Teachers Pay Teachers for FREE

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST

This year, I used this emergent reader to teach compare and contrast. The reader is easy and the kids couldn't wait to read about the different penguins. I started my showing my students pictures of the Emperor Penguin and the Blue Penguin. This gave them some prior knowledge before they read their booklets. 

This reader includes a Venn Diagram, and another Venn Diagram with the facts on the bottom. The kids cut out the facts and glue them on the Venn Diagram. 

You can download this for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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Last year, I did a post about Compare and Contrast using the book Stellaluna. 

To see that post and get the free resources click HERE.

 

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postheadericon Unit 2.5 Life in the Forest- Activities and Resources for the Classroom

 

We enjoyed reading "Life In the Forest."  Here are several resources you can use in the classroom. 

 

Focus Pack:

You can download this for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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SKILLS SHEET

When we begin a new story, we send a skills sheet home. This sheet has all the information the students and parents need for our Reading Street story.

 

Life In the Forest skills sheet

 

Word Wall Cards:

You can download this for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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I photocopy these words onto colored cardstock and put them in a pocket chart to read with small groups throughout the week. 

 

2.5 High Frequency Cards

 

I gave this as a center. I asked the students to write a sentence using the high frequency word. 

 

High Frequency sentences

 

SPELLING:

I also photocopy the spelling words onto colored cardstock and place them in a pocket chart for the week.

2.5 LIfe in the Forest Spelling Cards

Here a couple of centers for the students to work on throughout the week:

2.5 spelling sort

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Singular and Plural Nouns:

You can download this flip book for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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I also found this matching center:

You can download this for Free at Teachers Pay Teachers

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SINGULAR and Plural sort

 

 

Inflected Ending -ed:

You can download this for Free at Teachers Pay Teachers

 

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I also used this as a teacher table activity:

You can download this for Free at Teachers Pay Teachers

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You can download this for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers

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postheadericon Compare and Contrast

 

This week, we had to teach compare and contrast. We just finished the story, Honey Bees, and we learned about bees, especially the queen bee and the drone bees.  

To teach compare and contrast, I used the book, Stellaluna.

 

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OBJECTIVE: What are we going to learn today? 

We are going to learn about compare and contrast. 
I tell my students we have something fun to do today. I have a special treat! We are going to read a story about a baby bat that ends up in a bird nest with baby birds. Let's talk about those words! We talk about compare and contrast. One of my students tells me it's like two friends. They are friends and have a lot in common, but they are different people! So true! I will remember that when I teach this again. I used this as a teachable moment and we talked about friends, but how people are their own person.

 

READ WITH A PURPOSE: Set the stage for reading

While I read this book, I want you to think about bats and birds. What makes a bird a bird? What makes a bat a bat? How are they the same? Do they have anything in common? 

 

READ ALOUD TIME:

I read the story and watched their faces as I read. They were enthralled in the story and no one budges while I read to them. I'm thrilled to see them so interested and focused on the story. 

When I am done, the kids have a lot to share and talk about. They loved the story! 

I ask them if this story is fiction or nonficiton? They all agree it's fiction. Bats and birds don't talk. What's the author's purpose? They think about this. There's a lot to learn about bats and birds in this story. We decide the author wrote this to entertain because the bats and birds talk to each other. 

 

COMPARE AND CONTRAST:

What did we learn about bats and birds? Let's talk about bats first. What did we learn about bats? I put their answers on chart paper as they tell me. They know bats sleep upside down, eat fruit, are awake at night. We review the term "nocturnal" at this time. 

We talk about birds next. The kids know they stand upright, they are awake during the day, and have feathers. 

How are bats and birds the same? 

They have wings, they fly, and they are both animals. 

We fill in the chart as we go. 

 

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Here is the graphic organizer I created for this lesson. 

(Click on the picture to download it)

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Later on, students can use these to write sentences. I put the their charts in the writing folders, to come back to during our writing time. 

 

Wrap Up Time!

Before we leave our teacher table, I like to take a minute and review what we learned today. I ask the kids to look at their chart and find a fact about either bats or birds. I ask them to share a fact they didn't know before teacher table time. 

 

 

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