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For those of you new to my blog, I am a reading specialist and share all things ELA. This is my 23rd year teaching and 12th year in Title 1, and each year brings new challenges and learning. I love what I do, and I enjoy the collaboration and learning I've gained through blogging and my bloggy friends.
In the US, the school year is winding down, and as it winds down, we get to reflect on what worked well and how we would like to change things up for next year. We've worked hard regardless, and therefore, we need to celebrate our achievements and memories we've created with our students. Everyone's excited about vacation approaching which is why I chose a unit about the beach, but really it could be used any time of the year.
Riptide by Frances Weller takes place in Cape Cod. It's about a dog that has a free spirit and refuses to stay confined. The dog just can not get enough of the sand, the fun, and the waves. Thankfully, he is in the right place at the right time. He saves a young child who gets caught in a riptide. Children who have a love of pets will appreciate the boy's love for Riptide and the determination he has to prove that his dog is a treasure versus a nuisance. The unit includes guided reading materials that could be used for tutoring, to model skills using Riptide as a mentor text, and to address writing skills. Here's a preview of the unit.
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