* Back to school packets from ReadWorks

ReadWorks has published a set of cool packets for K-12 teachers.  And they’re FREE!  If you haven’t registered, it takes just a moment and is well worth your time.  These packets focus on the summer-school transition for the younger set and on grade level topics for older students.  Each reading packet has paired texts, research-based questions, and vocabulary support.  Topics range from being a good citizen at school and getting along with others to explorations of civil rights and “the most expensive house in the universe.”

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Download this and MUCH more!


Also new:  ReadWorks has gone DIGITAL and I’ll share more on that later.  Don’t miss out!

* ReadWorks

readworks 2Do you want FREE access to over 1,800 reading passages for grades K-6 with questions sets, skill and strategy units, hundreds of lesson plans, comprehension units based on trade books, and novel study units for 5th and 6th grades?  Of course you do!  Is it really free?  Yes!  Are the skills and materials aligned to state and common core standards, as well as commonly used reading programs?  Another yes!

ReadWorks.org is a nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating the reading achievement gap in our country.  Once teachers register, they have a personal online “binder” for saving anything provided on the site.  A wealth of resources for registered users are organized into four key areas.

1.  Skill and strategy units include the topics pictured below.   These specific skills are taught through the vast number of reading passages available on this site.

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2.  Comprehension units: These are detailed lesson plans using trade books and paired reading passages from the ReadWorks site.  All lessons follow a progression of teacher modeling (the “I” part), guided practice (the “We” part) and independent reading (the “You”” part).  A script is provided to support teacher modeling, including think-aloud strategies and questions to engage students.  All materials are provided except for the trade books, which should be available in your school or public library.  Graphic organizers and comprehension questions for students may be downloaded and/or printed.

3.  Novel Study units:  For 5th and 6th grade classes, these units are listed by genre and lexile and Fountas& Pinnell levels.  Here’s the fifth grade set of lessons.

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4.  Reading Passages:  So far, there are over 1,800 passages from which to choose; more materials are added continuously.  The image below indicates the breadth of the search features.  readworks 5

Registration is quick and FREE!  I encourage you to join over a million registered users and take advantage of this marvelous resource.  For a more comprehensive tour of the site, please click on the video below.

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