Virginia Bloggers Appreciation YOU!

Welcome to Comprehension Connection! This blog comes to you from Virginia, and I am joining up with the other VA Bloggers to show our appreciation for the hard work you do in your classroom to make school a special place for your students.  We also appreciate our blog readers (and hope you'll return often).

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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Thanks for dropping by, and have a wonderful remainder of the year whether you're just getting started or winding down. 

Until next time...happy reading!


  1. Your post looks great Carla! Thanks for joining on the hop!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

    1. Thanks so much for organizing Christin! Glad you like the unit.

  2. Thanks for this unit! It looks terrific!

  3. Thanks! Looks great and nice to see some other Virginia bloggers on here!

    1. Hey Stacy! Will drop by your blog. I teach 3/4/5 Title 1, so I definitely would enjoy connecting up. Glad you dropped by.

  4. Love this unit, especially for dog lovers! Thanks so much!

    Reading Toward the Stars

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    1. You're welcome, Courtney. It was an old file I did for a frenzy last summer, so I didn't put a lot of time into this hop. You know the end of the year is so hectic!


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