Winter Wonders with Adventures in Literacy Land


Welcome to Comprehension Connection, hoppers!  I hope you're ready for lots of great hoppin' fun and information.  I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful team.  I've learned a lot this year about blogging and literacy from this group, and we've become great friends along the way. We are so excited to welcome our new bloggy friends to our team and sad to say goodbye to a few too.  No doubt, we as a team will do our best to make Adventures in Literacy Land a place to go for literacy ideas, learning opportunities, and helpful to you as you complete the challenging job of reaching and teaching our little people.

Close Reading Wonders

Children are naturally curious about the world around them, and so are we!  One thing I've been curious about since attending our state reading conference is Close Reading.  I got to see Chris Lehman, author of the book, Falling in Love with Close Reading, present, and since then, I just can't get enough of them.  As teachers, we are constantly looking for new ways to present material to our kids. The children I work with have struggled with passing our state reading assessment, and I think Close Reading may help them get over the hump. 

I include at least one Close Read a week into our routine, but use them as homework some too.  I have been selective with the materials I use and try to include a mix of fiction and nonfiction passages. With the nonfiction materials, I look for Close Reads that include content area topics that our students will be assessed on in Science and Social Studies to help give them another exposure to the content.  

When I introduce a passage to my students, I typically build schema for the topic and preteach the vocabulary.  As my students read, they mark connections, confusions, main ideas, sequence (for how-to writing), and vocabulary with a pencil (first read).  I also have them label the topic of the paragraphs in the margins so they know where to look for text evidence for questions later.  In the second reading, students use highlighters.  They mark text information they need to answer comprehension questions, and on the third day, they read for fluency and respond to a writing prompt  or comprehension graphic organizer after.  

Freebie Fun

The freebie I am sharing today is my latest partner script, Penguins on Parade.  I use them with my students in guided reading and for Read to Partner time when I run small groups.  I have set them up to work as a Close Read and fluency builder.  Each set includes a schema builder and vocabulary page for prereading, the four page script, a graphic organizer for information gathering, comprehension question task cards, and a writing activity for post reading. This one is a fictional story about penguins. Kids just love the Tacky the Penguin books, and I had them in mind as I wrote the story.  Tolly is very clumsy and has trouble walking on the ice.  However, he's an excellent swimmer and saves the day when a pod of Leopard Seals enter the scene.  It has themes of overcoming challenges, appreciating individual differences, and friendship, so I think it could be worked into plans during January and February (in the US) or June/July (in Australia or Southern Hemisphere).  To access the file, just click the preview below.
Since our hop has ended, this set is now listed for $2.50. 
If you are interested in giving Close Reading a try, you might want to check out my Close Reading Pinterest board.  I have pinned many of the Close Reads I've tried there.  


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Now, I know Jana has great things to share, so you can hop over to visit her at Thinking Out Loud. Have a wonderful winter (or summer for our readers down south) and until next time, happy reading!


11 comments

  1. Giveaway comment about products I would like in the future: comprehension strategies and any other of your resources but with UK/ Canadian/ Australian and rest of world spelling (mainly. s instead of z) as there are millions of non US teachers that follow you all and use TPT but most of the posters and activities have US spelling (favourite and colour are also words used so much but not spelled for non US teachers). Thanks!

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    1. I have to say that I'm not sure how to reply to this. The item I shared is a paid product that you received for free. I suspect that a little white out used on an original probably wouldn't be noticed, so hopefully you can use that as the remedy for the dilemma. I have to say that most of the items I make for my store are made from my students and my teaching and match our standards. I'm not really familiar at all with the UK or Aussie curriculum, and I guess when you purchase a product made by a US seller, that may just be something you have to deal with since our curriculum may be different. I certainly appreciate your participation and suggestions, and if I can easily make a different version, I don't mind doing so. The key issue would be time. I have many projects to do, but haven't had the time to finish. I'm sorry if you were disappointed in any way, but remember, it's a freebie hop and a our products are our gifts to you. We hope your students enjoy them.
      Carla

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  2. WOW, what an AWESOME freebie...very well constructed! Thank you so much :)
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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    1. Julie-I really appreciate your note and your visit. Have an awesome time using it.
      Carla

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  3. This looks really interesting - I'm gathering so many great things to use in my classroom on the hop! I've not heard of Tacky the Penguin books so will have to check them out too! Thanks!
    Growing Little Learners

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    1. Thanks a bunch for commenting and for joining our group.

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    2. Pixie Anne, Tacky books are so much fun. Kids LOVE them!

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  4. Carla, We sure do think alike. :) I have been doing a lot of work with close reading and text dependent analysis questions lately. It's the 'big push" in our district right now. I had to giggle when we both chose that topic and a penguin freebie. Love your partner scripts, by the way. Happy Winter! (We had snow today.)
    Read With Me ABC

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    1. Doing a workshop on the 20th for our staff on it. My kids seem to be getting the hang of it finally. We've worked very hard, and it's nice to see them pausing and thinking about what's important. Wishing you luck when it comes to testing. I am really hoping this will help us get over the hump.
      Carla

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  5. I love that you are digging in to close reading at the same time that I am, though I'm pretty sure you're a bit ahead of me in your use of it! If not for these comprehensive partner packs, I'd still be "figuring it out", but your packs are so complete and as a result, I'm feeling better than ever about close reading! Your work is amazing! Thanks so much and please keep them coming! :-)

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    1. Rachel-Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I am so happy that the partner packs have worked so well for your students. I think 4th and 5th graders just have a need to socialize, so I love doing partner work. It's also less intimidating for the shy child. I was just visiting your blog a bit ago. I love the reading projects your kids did. So cute...stealing!
      Carla

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