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Ask & Answer Questions in Informational Text

by Jill and Cathy on April 9, 2014

Asking & Answering Questions in Informational Text by The Curriculum Corner

Use these materials to help address CCSS addressing informational text.  These items are designed to be used with any book.  We suggest introducing the graphic organizers you choose to use during a mini-lesson and then giving students extra practice with the organizers during independent reading.

Anchor Chart  As you begin discussing asking questions, we suggest using this anchor chart to give students guidelines for your expectations.  We would also take time to model good, quality questions and give examples of questions that are not quality questions.

Asking Questions  For this graphic organizer, students record questions they have as they read.

I Wonder  This graphic organizer can be used for students to write their “I Wonder” questions as they read.  Students also identify where they might look to find the answer.

Be the Teacher  This graphic organizer is designed for students to use to create questions that might be asked of the reader.  They are to think of themselves as the teacher.  The questions they ask should be answered by looking in the text.

Be the Student  This graphic organizer is to be used along with the Be the Teacher graphic organizer.

Ask, Answer & Cite  This graphic organizer takes asking and answering questions a step farther.  Students ask and answer questions along with citing where in the text the answer was found.

These graphic organizers were written to address the following CCSS 2nd and 3rd grade standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

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3 Common Core Reading Products That Are a SNAP!

by Jill and Cathy on April 3, 2014

As teachers we are always on the lookout for reading resources that are engaging and help us meet the Common Core State Standards.  One of the biggest challenges as a classroom teacher is finding books and other materials that fit the curriculum and are easy to use.  That is one reason we were excited about some new resources and we wanted to introduce our followers to them.  We have recently been introduced to SNAP Learning’s new reading products that are aligned to the Common Core.

SNAP Learning has three reading products aligned to the Common Core for teachers and districts to help students with reading.  Here is a quick look at what they offer:

Snap Reading Program - learn more from The Curriculum CornerClose Reading Portfolio

The Close Reading Portfolio provides a series of interactive exercises that gives students practice in deriving central ideas and key supporting points in their reading material.  The portfolios are geared towards grades 2 through 8, with portfolios that are written to cover specific social studies topics or Next Generation Science Standards.  Each portfolio contains a teacher lesson plan along with tasks for students to complete such as quick writes, fluency practice and a book check.  The materials include nonfiction features such as charts, tables, graphs and more.  We like the page formatting of the books with wide line spacing and numbered paragraphs along with other features that make them student-friendly.

To make the portfolios even more beneficial to teachers, the lesson plans identify the CCSS standard covered in each lesson.  We know that this will be a benefit to teachers looking to keep track of standards that have been addressed in the classroom.

Snap Reading Program - learn more from The Curriculum CornerGuided Reading Program

The Guided Reading Digital Program provides teachers with an academic year-long access to all 130 English Language leveled K-6 books, PLUS interactive ebook versions, PLUS data analytics.

Teachers can download, print and distribute the leveled readers, students get individual access to the digital interactive ebooks versions (desktops, tablets, Android, iOS, interactive whiteboards), and teachers can also access a dashboard with data for each student on how they have performed in the comprehension quizzes and word exercises embedded within the interactive ebooks.

Snap Reading Program - learn more from The Curriculum CornerBooks & Collections Library

This library consists of nearly 500 English and Spanish titles and was developed to provide supplemental, grade specific reading material in history/social science and science topics. We especially loved the fact that there were varied genres in this library.  We all know that we need to expose our students to different types of literature to help them grow as readers.  Here you will find biographies, books, articles, and even speeches and letters to supplement your classroom library.

You can get a free demo of all the products here:

You can get a PO quote for the Close Reading Portfolio or Guided Reading program here:

We would love for you to check out their materials and let us know what you think!


4 In a Row Spring Addition & Multiplication Games

April 2, 2014

Print and laminate these boards in color.  Supply each pair of students with a game board and markers.  These are also great for math fact practice at home. Four in a Row Board 1 (adding 1 through 9) Four in a Row Board 2 (adding 4 through 12) Four in a Row Board 3 (multiplying 1 through 6) Four […]

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Helping Students Learn to Collaborate

March 27, 2014

These materials are designed to help you meet CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1 in your classroom.  Students are expected to: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.A:  Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied […]

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Domino Math – Addition & Subtraction

March 25, 2014

What kid doesn’t love dominoes?  Using dominoes for a math practice center is a way to engage students in math center practice while giving them a chance to review addition or subtraction skills. Single Digit Domino Addition Double Digit Domino Addition Single Digit Domino Subtraction Double Digit Domino Subtraction The variety of pages we created […]

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Dreaming of our Future #BMOScavengerHunt

March 20, 2014

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Addition Facts Practice Pages – Find the Pairs

March 19, 2014

You can never have enough practice pages for your students as they are learning their addition facts.  These can be used as morning work, math practice in class or as homework.  For each page, students find the pairs that equal the sum at the top of the page.  Students circle each pair.  You can have […]

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Saving for College & Enter for a Chance to Win $500 – #BMOScavengerHunt

March 13, 2014

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. With six kids between the two of us, saving for college is always on our minds.  We often feel like no matter how much we manage to put aside, we will never be able to pull together enough […]

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Practice with Suffixes

March 12, 2014

In the state of Indiana our 3rd graders take a test in the spring that determines their placement for following year.  One part of the test includes Word Analysis and there is an emphasis on suffixes. We have found that although many of our students may understand the meanings of words with suffixes, when asked […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Fry Word Game (1st 100 words)

March 9, 2014

We’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day themed Fry Word Game.  This game has two sets of cards – one with the first 50 Fry words and one with the second 50 Fry words.  Print in color and laminate for a fun center.  Put the cards in a basket or other small container.  The first player […]

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Tips for Purchasing a New Home & Enter for a Chance to Win $950 – #BMOScavengerHunt

March 5, 2014

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. Jason and I LOVE our neighbors and our home, and almost three years ago we were thinking about rounding out our family with a new puppy to make everything feel complete.  Apparently God had another plan for us […]

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Problem Solving Involving Fractions

March 4, 2014

  Here is another set of problems involving fractions.  For each problem we have provided one simpler problem, including pictures to color and a hint to solving.  Then there is a more difficult problem – one with the pictures to color (for more guided help) and one without pictures.  This gives you the flexibility to […]

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Nexus Multiplication Game

February 26, 2014

Every teacher knows how important it is for students to learn their basic math facts.  It is the basis for being able to do more difficult math skills and concepts easily and quickly. As primary teachers, we are always looking for ways to help our students master their math facts, but in a more fun […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Scrambled Sentences

February 26, 2014

These sentences are designed to be an independent writing practice station for literacy centers.  You can adapt it for the needs of your students by removing words.  We have created three different recording sheets so you can pick the page that fits your students.  Each sentences is on a different patterned background to make for […]

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Starting a New Job & Enter for a Chance to Win $1000 – #BMOScavengerHunt

February 25, 2014

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