Interesting Reading Material For Students Reading Below Grade Level

Strategies and Reading Material For At Risk Readers

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Publishers Create A Book Series That Engages Struggling Readers

Remedia Publications specializes in books that focus on basic skills and repetition. These quotes below are taken directly from the publisher.

It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading!

The small amount of text per page and strong visual cues make these stories very reader-friendly. Phonetic skills get a real workout through the repeated use of words with special vowel and letter combinations.

Books That Help Students Become Better Readers

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that help improve reading skills. These texts offer strong visual cues that can be used to help students with reading. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s fluency and comprehension skills by offering scaffolds that help understanding. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to improve their reading skills at www.biguniverse.com

 

thumb.jpg The Ace Bubble Gum Factory

by Dennis E.Paul

Bookshelf ISBN: 1596390158 It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading! The small amount of text per page and strong visual cues make these stories very reader-friendly. Phonetic skills get a real workout through the repeated use of words with special vowel and letter combinations.

 
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by Dennis E. Paul

ISBN: 1596390220 It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading! The small amount of text per page and strong visual cues make these stories very reader-friendly. Phonetic skills get a real workout through the repeated use of words with special vowel and letter combinations.

 

thumb-6.jpgWilma Bing & the Camping Trip
by Dennis E. Paul
ISBN: 1596390085

It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading!

 

Funny Poetry For Kids

Get Kids Excited About Reading With Humorous Lines and Lyrics

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Students of all ages love poetry! Even adults enjoy the humorous lines. Parents and educators can get children excited about reading by introducing students to collections of funny poetry for kids. Pupils can read and reread the poems. This helps to build fluency and automaticity in reading.

 

Academic Terms For Poetry

Acrostic
A form of poem in which the first syllables of each line spell out a word, name, or phrase.

Alliteration
Repeating the consonant sounds at the beginnings of nearby words, such as the “p” sound in the words “My puppy makes pizza” in the poem My Puppy Makes Pizza.

Free Verse
A poetic form that avoids using fixed patterns of meter. Free verse often also avoids rhymes, but still may make use of other poetic techniques such as imagery and metaphor, as well as sound devices such as assonance and alliteration.

Imagery
Language and poetic techniques used to create mental pictures and cause emotions in the reader.

Internal Rhyme
Rhymes within a line of poetry.

Personification

Giving human characteristics to non-human things, such as animals, inanimate objects, or ideas. For example, “The sun smiled down on the beach.”

Poem
A written composition, often using rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, and other such artistic techniques to express an idea, feelings, or a story.

Poet
A person who writes poems.

Poetry
Literature written in verse, as opposed to prose, often written in metrical lines.

Teaching Kids Academic Vocabulary

Try to practice the word at least five to seven times in the next few days with the child. This helps the brain to remember the word for the long term.

Practice Words By:

• Looking them up in the glossary or dictionary

• Finding examples of words in poems or written text

• Using the word in conversation

• Finding the word in a newspaper or magazine. Cut it out and make a collage.

Make a wordbook and create a new page for each word. Each page should contain:

a word
the definition
an example of how the word is used in poetry or written text
a synonym for the word, if possible
a visual representation of the word ( a picture, symbol or graphic)

 

Poetry Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy collections of funny poetry for kids. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com
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If Kids Ruled the School

by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2004
ISBN: 9780689032738
This is one of the most popular collections of funny poetry for kids ever published. It’s a classic, because it’s the first collection of poems selected by kids! It includes clever creations from some of the most popular names in children’s poetry, including Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Judith Viorst, Bruce Lansky, and Jeff Moss. Humorous illustrations by Stephen Carpenter make this book even better.

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No More Homework! No More Tests!

by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 1997
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ISBN: 9780671577025
Here are the funniest poems about school ever collected in one book. Sillier than a teacher with hiccups, funnier than toilet paper stuck to the bottom of the principal’s shoe, it is certain to have readers laughing by the first page. This book puts the cool back in school.

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 Rolling in the Aisles

by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2011
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ISBN: 9781442411272
Rolling in the Aisles is Lansky’s fourth hardcover anthology of humorous poems for children. It contains funny poems selected by a panel of more than 1,000 elementary-school students. Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Ted Scheu, Robert Pottle, and Eric Ode all made the cut for this giggle-packed collection of rhymes.

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If Pigs Could Fly . . .

by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2006
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ISBN: 9780689049767
Lansky does it again with If Pigs Could Fly…, a collection of sidesplitting, rolling-on-the-floor poems that will make children giggle and grin. It leaves readers wondering about things like smelly diapers, toothless grandmas, dirty socks, burping babies, bad-hair days, and much more! Tested on over 1,000 schoolchildren and their teachers, only the most giggle-packed poems are included.

Important Resources For Teachers

Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

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 Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons

by Amy Buswell & Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2014
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ISBN: 9781476742946
Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky’s Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons turn struggling readers into happy readers.
Many struggling readers are embarrassed to read aloud. They are often intimidated or bored by texts that conventional programs require them to practice. So, instead of catching up, they fall further behind. Currently 67% of American fourth graders cant read grade-level text. Reading specialist Amy Buswell has spent eight years looking for remediation methods that work. What is needed, Buswell explains, is a program that improves the motivation of struggling readers, because that accounts for 90% of the problem. Four years ago, Buswell came up with a brainstorm. She knew her best readers enjoyed reading Bruce Lanskys poetry books for pleasure. The more poems they read, the better the reading got. Why not use Lanskys kid-tested poems as texts struggling readers could practice on to improve their readingusing six research-based strategies: choral reading, echo reading, paired reading, repeated reading, sustained silent reading and say it like the character reading. This book is the result of that brainstorm and the resulting collaboration between Buswell and Lansky. It gives teachers and parents everything they need to help children improve their reading: -35 kid-tested poems by Bruce Lansky -35 customized reading lessons by Amy Buswell -35 off-the-wall illustrations by Stephen Carpenter -35 sets of zany performance tips by Bruce Lansky all of which is designed to make the process of reading improvement more like fun than work. What Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky have created is the most entertaining fluency intervention ever. Thats why it is so successful at overcoming negative attitudes to improve reading skills and scores. Ninety-five percent of participating students made significant improvement in their fluency (reading rate). And average reading scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for Buswells school raised her schools rating to an A for the first time. In 2011, Buswells school achieved one of the highest-percentage reading gains in the county. Theres no reason parents cant get in on the fun, too. Parents will enjoy Lanskys funny poems and Stephen Carpenters delightful illustrations as much as their children. By reading the poems with their children and encouraging their children to try some of Lanskys entertaining performance tips (by adding gestures, sound effects, props and finding additional readers: be they friends, family or neighbors), they can dramatically speed up their childs reading progress (and have lots of fun in the process.)

 

 

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.5
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Preparing For Back To School: Smart Shopping For Children, Teens And Adults

Introducing Kids To Financial Literacy

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Summer offers an excellent opportunity to create financially savvy  kids. Youngsters often have free time and can learn about the value of a dollar, by shopping with their families. Weekly advertisements with back to school supplies and clothes can be used to teach students valuable math skills. Children can compare the regular price to the sale price and calculate the amount saved. Then, they can calculate the percentage saved on each item.

Teens and preteens can create lists of ways to generate income. Families can clean their closets and garages to find items to sell at garage sales. Children can price and prepare the items for the sale. On the big day, families can teach kids how to calculate prices.

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This poem is taken from the book, What I Did During My Summer Vacation

Smart Shopping Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about smart shopping. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to mathematical calculations and other concepts. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to learn about saving money when shopping at www.biguniverse.com

thumb.jpg Super-Smart Shopping by Mattie Reynolds (author) © 2013 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781937529390

People shop for things they need and things they want. Before spending money, smart shoppers save, budget, and compare. This introduction to financial literacy helps us learn ways to spend wisely.

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Shopping in the City by Sara A. Johnson Read Now Quiz Bookshelf ISBN: 9781433304194

The city is a big and busy place with a lot of people and places to eat and shop. Discover the many ways subtraction is used every day in the city. Apply your knowledge of subtraction for each item you buy, such as a t-shirt or a hotdog. 32pp.

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The Shopping Cart

by Kris Bonnell (author), Deb Brown (illustrator) © 2010
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ISBN: 9781608920303
Mom goes shopping with the baby. Will Mom buy too many things?

Important Resources For Teachers

84573-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Pretty-Teacher-Reading-A-Story-Book-To-Diverse-Children Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-1.jpg Smart Shopping Math by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781612470009 The reproducible lessons in each of the six books in this series presents topics students are likely to encounter in everyday life. Each book contains problems that involve estimation, equations, mental math, calculators, and critical thinking. Additional concept-specific skills in each book include graphing, averages, statistics, ratios, and measurement. These 112-page reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Retail & Wholesale, Reading Ads, Rental Sales, Buying on Layaway, Getting the Best Deal, Online Shopping, Shopping for a Neighbor, Second Time Around.

thumb-3.jpg Everyday Life Math by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781612470023 The reproducible lessons in each of the six books in this series presents topics students are likely to encounter in everyday life. Each book contains problems that involve estimation, equations, mental math, calculators, and critical thinking. Additional concept-specific skills in each book include graphing, averages, statistics, ratios, and measurement. These 112-page reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more. Units include: Personal Care, Health, Getting Around, Managing Time, Community, Thinking About the Future, Thrifty Thinking, Sustaining the World.

Teaching Kids About Money Gives Them Something To Do During Summer Vacation

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.23.58 AM thumb-2.jpg What I Did on My Summer Vacation by Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator) © 2009 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781416970477 What I Did on My Summer Vacation is the first funny poetry book about summer vacation, with over forty sidesplitting poems covering everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day back to school. These hilarious poems, written by “The King of Giggle Poetry” and his all-star gang of Giggle Poets, are sure to make any kid count the days until summer vacation begins!

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

Big Universe has dozens of picture books to inspire math mojo. The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.A.1
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.C
Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

Teaching Place Value

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Teaching Students Place Value Increases Mathematical Skills

Introduce Kids To Academic Vocabulary

Try to practice the word at least five to seven times in the next few days with the child. This helps the brain to remember the word for the long term.

Practice Words By:

• Looking them up in the glossary or dictionary of mathematical terms

• Finding examples of words in written text

• Using the word in conversation

• Finding the word in a newspaper or magazine. Cut it out and make a collage.

Make a wordbook and create a new page for each word. Each page should contain:

  • a word
  • the definition
  • an example of how the word is used in math problems or written text
  • a synonym for the word, if possible
  • a visual representation of the word ( a picture, symbol or graphic)

Place Value Vocabulary

place value – the value of the position of a digit in a number

expanded notation – a way to write numbers to show the value of each digit (ex: 5642 = 5,000 + 600 + 40 + 2)

standard form – a number written with one digit for each place value.

digit – any one of the 10 symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

numeral – a symbol used to represent a number

value – what a number is worth

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 Examples Of Real Life Place Value In Everyday Life For Kids

 

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 Adding with place value is an important skill and necessary for monetary calculations.

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Place Value Books For Kids

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Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about place value. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to mathematical calculations and other concepts. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to learn about place value at www.biguniverse.com

thumb Place Value: The Next Stage by Claire Piddock (author) © 2010 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781427195029

Have you ever built something really big with building blocks? Did you need to use hundreds of blocks? Read about an after-school center, where the toys are counted in ones, tens, and hundreds and its easy to see place value in the numbers. Learning about place value is all fun and games at this play center!

thumb.jpg What’s the Place Value? by Shirley Duke (author) © 2013 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781618103406

This book introduces students to the ones and tens place value using popsicles as a fun learning tool.

thumb-1 Place Value by Penny Dowdy (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9780778790235 AR: Book Level 0.0

Understanding the place value system is a foundation to all operations as children progress in mathematics education. This book introduces readers to the whole number place values, comparing, and ordering numbers using colorful, engaging images and simple text.

thumb-1.jpg Place for Zero by Angeline Lopresti (author), Phyllis Hornung (illustrator) (illustrator) © 2003 Read Now Quiz Bookshelf ISBN: 9781570911965 AR: / Quiz 70236 Zero is lonely in Digitaria.

He can’t play Addemup with the other numbers, because he has nothing to add. Join Zero as he goes on a journey to discover his place.

Important Resources For Teachers

Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-2 Math Standards Review Binder 1 by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2002 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781602914483

The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! Skill and strategy instruction based on NCTM standards and strands in a pick-and-choose format. Reproducible activities for in-class assignments, quizzes, or homework. Units include: Whole Numbers, Number Theory, Decimals, Integers, Fractions and Percent.

thumb-2.jpg Mathematics for New Speakers of English by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011 Read Now Bookshelf ISBN: 9781602912182

Features include: Six chapters cover the basic math skills in English. Creative illustrations help add visual cues to problem-solving. Emphasis given to learning pronunciation of words and numbers in English. Multicultural notes and sidebars.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Understand the place value system

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.A.1
Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.A.2
Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.A.3
Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.

Grammar Made Easy

 

 

Teaching Students Grammar

thumb-1.jpgExcellent grammar skills are essential in the world today. Students of all ages must be explicitly taught grammar rules. In the technology era, people blog, write emails messages and post on social media. The grammar rules student apply to written text. Educators and parents can assist kids in developing excellent grammar skills by teaching them daily mini lessons.

 

Teacher’s Resource Books Offer Daily Grammar Lessons

Good Grammar!
by Joanne Suter (author) © 2005
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ISBN: 9781602914940
100 Reproducible Activities It’s no secret: practice builds skill, and skill builds confidence. By focusing on essential elements of grammar, these reproducible exercises are the ideal supplement to your language arts program. Good Grammar! covers all the bases in a variety of skill-specific lesson formats. The annotated table of contents makes it easy to locate and prescribe instant remediation. Topics Include: Anatomy of a Sentence, Sentence Structure and Syntax, Subjects and Predicates, Compounds: subjects; Predicates and Sentences, Eight parts of speech, Nouns: Singular and Plural; Proper and Common, Self-assessment and Proofreading, Subject-verb agreement, Personal Pronouns and Antecedents, Adjectives and Adverbs: Comparative and Superlative, and more…

 Teacher’s Resource Books Offer Lessons For The Smartboard

The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more!

Below is a lesson taken directly from the book Good Grammar!

 

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Grammar Books For Kids

 

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about grammar essentials. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to nouns, adjectives and other concepts. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to learn about grammar at www.biguniverse.com

thumbGrammar Basics: Nouns
by Kate Riggs (author) © 2013
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ISBN: 9781566601887 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz 0
A simple overview of nouns—the words that name things—including their uses in sentences, their common and proper types, and how to spot singular and plural forms.

thumb-1Grammar Basics: Adjectives
by Kate Riggs (author) © 2013
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ISBN: 9781566601863 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz 0
A simple overview of adjectives—the words that describe nouns—including their uses in sentences, their common and proper types, and how to spot articles and different forms.

Important Resources For Teachers

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Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

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by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2011
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602917118
The reproducible lessons in this series were designed for students who still have trouble understanding what they read, writing a simple report, or finding the appropriate words to express themselves. A systematic, incremental teaching method promotes progress by steadily building confidence in six core topics. These reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more.

thumb-2 Understanding Grammar: Common Grammatical Mistakes
by Ann Riggs (author) © 2013
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ISBN: 9781566600569 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz 0
An examination of the rules behind English grammar, focusing on the most common mistakes made by writers—including dangling participles, run-on sentences, and misused words—and how to fix them.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

The recommended texts meet the CCSS for grade three.

Conventions of Standard English:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.A
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.B
Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.C
Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.D
Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.E
Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.F
Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.*
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.G
Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.H
Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.I
Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

Information For Kids And Families About Eating Organic

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Educating People Helps Them Make Healthy Choices

Organic describes produce that is grown without potentially harmful pesticides. Organic foods are natural. They are made using eco-friendly products. Eating organic is good for the environment, as it prevents water and air pollution. Organic food is healthy and is grown in organic soil that is free of toxins.

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Get Kids Interested In Organic Foods By Introducing Them To Engaging Literature

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by Carol L. Malnor and Trina Hunner (authors), Trina Hunner (illustrator)       © 2012
ISBN: 9781584692294   AR:   /

Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through – and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named “Molly” by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly’s eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food. But what will happen to Molly when winter comes? Based on a true story, Molly will touch children’s hearts while introducing them to plants and the key elements of growing food organically. Standards-based science concepts and activities at the end of the book expand the message of the story

Books About Organic Living For Kids

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Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about organic living. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to fruits, vegetables and green living. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help learn about taking good care of themselves at www.biguniverse.com

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by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2009
ISBN: 9781602916784

Features include: Reading level 3 books are Fountas-Pinnell level O, P, and Q; reading level 6 books are Fountas-Pinnell level W. Scientific terms are defined in context. Identical dramatic four-color covers (back cover band identifies books that are lower level). Teacher’s Guides with reproducible activities allow students to work from either text. Glossary defines difficult terms. “Did You Know?” sections contain interesting facts. End-of-book “Facts & Figures” section summarizes critical information. The index takes students directly to topics of interest.

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by Dawn Jeffers (author), Claude Schneider (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781621671954

Young Erin has a dream. She must create a garden. Her vegetable garden becomes the unlikely place where friendship, belief in one’s dreams, and much more than vegetables grow. Determined to make the garden a reality that will give pleasure not only to herself but to other people as well, Erin learns many lessons in the process.

An old-fashioned story of a multi-generation friendship and the importance of sharing and nurturing dreams. This is truly a gentle, moving story.

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by John Burstein (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797975   AR:

In this interesting new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the vegetable group. Children will learn about the incredible variety of vegetables and vegetable products, the history of vegetables in the human diet, what is special about dark green and leafy vegetables, what changes occur when vegetables are cooked, vegetables grown around the world, and how many vegetables a person needs each day.

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by John Burstein (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797944   AR:

In this sweet new book Slim explores the essential nutritional value of the fruit group. Children will learn about the amazing amount of water in fruit, how fruit blossoms, why the tomato is considered a piece of fruit, the wide variety of products made with fruit, groves and orchards around the world, how worms get into apples, and how many fruits a person needs to eat each day.

Important Resources For Teachers

84573-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Pretty-Teacher-Reading-A-Story-Book-To-Diverse-ChildrenTeachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

 

This is a sample content based lesson that can be found in the Go Organic Teacher’s Resource Guide

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by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9781602917767Designed to work with both differentiated levels of Think Green, these 24-page teacher’s guides, available on CD, were developed in consultation with several state educational standards and contain multiple components. Three lesson plans are included. These lesson plans are divided into sections: vocabulary, preview, reading the text, discussing the meaning, word work, extending the meaning, and, critiquing. The teacher’s guide also contains 11 worksheets (2 vocabulary, 1 writing, 1 index, 2 review, and 5 activity sheets).
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Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

The recommended texts meet the CCSS for grade three.

Key Ideas and Details:

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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
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Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Craft and Structure:

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Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
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Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
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Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

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Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
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Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
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Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

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By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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Teaching Kids About The Dentist And Taking Care Of Their Teeth

Getting Kids Excited About Teeth

Reading about the tooth fairy and studying dental health can be exciting for young children. Parents and educators can foster this enthusiasm and turn it into a lifelong positive habit of taking excellent care of their teeth.

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by Anastasia Suen (author)       © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104298

This fun little book talks about the experience of losing a tooth and the excitement of placing it under your pillow anticipating a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

Dental Vocabulary

Introduce Kids To Academic Vocabulary

Try to practice the word at least five to seven times in the next few days with the child. This helps the brain to remember the word for the long term.

Practice Words By:

• Looking them up in the dictionary

• Finding examples of words in written text

• Using the word in conversation

• Finding the word in a newspaper or magazine. Cut it out and make a collage.

Make a wordbook and create a new page for each word. Each page should contain:

  • a word
  • the definition
  • an example of how the word is used in written text
  • a synonym for the word
  • a visual representation of the word ( a picture, symbol or graphic)

Dental Vocabulary

Anterior Teeth – the teeth in the front of your mouth.

Cavity – a tiny hole in the tooth caused by decay.

Denture – a removable set of artificial teeth.

Filling – a plug made of metal or composite material used to fill a tooth cavity.

Gums – the firm flesh that surrounds the roots of the teeth.

Posterior Teeth – the teeth in the back of the mouth.

Primary Teeth – also known as “baby teeth” or deciduous teeth.

Plaque – a sticky buildup of acids and bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Retainer – an appliance to stabilize teeth following orthodontic treatment.

Root – the portion of the tooth below your gum line.

Root Canal – cleaning out and filling the inside nerve of a tooth.

Scaling – removal of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth.

Sealant – plastic coating applied to teeth to prevent decay. Used most commonly for children.

Secondary Teeth – the permanent teeth.

 

Teach Children To Take Care Of Their Teeth

Recommended Reads

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Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students kids about the value of their teeth! These expository texts can be used to introduce students to the dentist and the dentist’s office. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help learn about taking care of themselves at www.biguniverse.com

thumb Smile! A Trip to the Dentist

by Loren I. Charles
ISBN: 9781433304187

Join the children in this book on a trip to the dentist. Going to the dentist can be fun, especially if you use addition to help you find answers to questions like these: How many teeth do you have? How many times should you floss your teeth each week? Make your next trip to the dentist an adventure with addition. 32pp.

thumb Meet my neighbor, the dentist

by Marc Crabtree (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791522   AR:   /   /

Smile! Meet David Meisels, the dentist! Peek behind the curtain of a busy dental office. David shows us how to clean our teeth and which tools he uses to keep them healthy and white. He will also introduce us to his daughters, Shiraz and Brit, and his wife, Hila.

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by Cari Meister (author)       © 2014
ISBN: 9781624961595   AR:

In Dentists, early readers will learn how dentists keep our teeth healthy. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they discover what a dentist’s job is like.

A labeled diagram helps readers identify the tools in a dentist’s office, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about dentists online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Dentists also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Dentists is part of Jump!’s Community Helpers series.

Use Songs To Engage Students In Learning

 

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by Jo Cleland (author)       © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103468

Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, this book teaches young readers about how eating, sleeping, and other things we do require us to brush and floss our teeth everyday. Also emphasizes how dental check ups are part of good oral hygiene.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

The recommended texts meet the CCSS for grade one.

Key Ideas and Details:

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Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
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Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
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Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Craft and Structure:

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Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
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Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
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Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

 

 

 

Teaching High Frequency Words

Helping Students To Read With Automaticity

books-around-world-22302531High-frequency words are the most commonly used words in printed text.  At least 50 percent of all text is composed of HF words. Many sight words are phonetically irregular. Children do not sound out sight words. The words tend to be abstract, and have limited visual correspondence. Students must memorize the words in order to read quickly and fluently.

Strategies to help students learn high frequency words:

  • Provide students with books to practice high frequency words.
  • Use texts specifically created to practice high frequency words
  • Make high frequency flashcards
  • Construct tactile flashcards-students can use glue and sand to write high frequency words
  • Create high frequency word books
  • Cut HF words out of a newspaper or magazine. Glue them on construction paper or poster board.

High Frequency Readers

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that practice high frequency words. These colorful texts can be used to introduce students to sight words. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts that help children learn to read at www.biguniverse.com

thumb The Zoo

by Sharon Lewis (author), Sou Saetern (illustrator)       © 2011
ISBN: 9781620468470

Using the high-frequency word “I,” this book introduces several useful vocabulary words for zoo animals. Repetitive language and interesting illustrations support beginning readers.

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by Sharon Lewis (author), Sou Saetern (illustrator)       © 2011

ISBN: 9781620468449

Readers learn the high-frequency word “my,” along with several useful vocabulary words for articles of clothing. They can color the black-and-white illustrations and follow along with the text by using the dots below each word.

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by Sharon Lewis (author), Sou Saetern (illustrator)       © 2011
ISBN: 9781620468463

Illustrations and familiar content provide support for emergent readers as they learn the high-frequency word “like” and vocabulary words for food.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

The CCSS address high frequency words.

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Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).

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Early Literacy Ideas: Teaching Word Families

Word Families Help Students Unlock And Read Many Words

word familiesTeaching word families builds phonemic awareness, a key to success in reading. Students should note that, in most cases, words look alike at the end if they sound alike at the end. Word family pattern recognition is an important skill for beginning readers. Explicit instruction on these patterns builds children’s fluency skills.

The Common Core State Standards require students to use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families) in writing words. If educators or parents give students a spelling word list, early and emergent writers should focus on word families.

Research shows that if pupils can read and spell one little chunk (for example “-an”), they can unlock lots of words! This table indicates 37 common word families that over 500 words can be derived from.

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Information taken from researchers Wylie & Durrell

Early Literacy Readers

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that introduce students to word families. These texts offer a great opportunity to enhance student’s educational skills by introducing them to words that have the same endings. This build their phonemic awareness, a key factor in reading. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help youngsters learn to spell and read new words at www.biguniverse.com

thumb The -ag Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984751

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-5 The -an Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984799

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-2 The -ad Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984720

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-1 The -ed Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984737

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-3 The -id Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984744

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-4 The -ub Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984713

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-6 The -ug Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984782

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

thumb-7 The -op Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
ISBN: 9780743984850

This book features a particular word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

 

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Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

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Resources For Teaching Math Vocabulary And Concepts

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Teaching Kids Vocabulary Helps Them To Succeed In Math

Introducing academic vocabulary prior to direct instruction of the lesson is a key teaching technique. This is known a preteaching. Research has shown that people tend to acquire vocabulary after five to seven concrete exposures of the word. Explicit instruction in academic vocabulary is necessary. The word should be introduced along with a picture and representation of the word. Using math texts, or through real-life situations, children can be introduced to the vocabulary of math words and symbols. The brain is more likely to remember connected information and vocabulary. Therefore, using real life situations to practice mathematical vocabulary increases word retention.

 

Recommended Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles that teach students critical math vocabulary and concepts. These expository texts can be used to introduce students to math words and symbols. These texts offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to new academic content and vocabulary. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that help kids learn about mathematics at www.biguniverse.com

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by Lynn Peppas (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797654   AR:

Through real-life situations, children will be introduced to the vocabulary of math words and symbols. Fundamental vocabulary such as “greater than” and “less than,” and the meaning of symbols such as +, _, =, are all explained with engaging photographs and easy-to-understand text.

thumb-1 Line, Bar, and Circle Graphs

by Claire Piddock (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791560   AR:

Lily, the librarian, has started a summer reading club. Children can follow along with the club’s members to learn all about bar, line, and circle graphs, as well as concepts such as data, scale, maximum, and minimum.

thumb Slides, Flips, and Turns

by Claire Piddock (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791621   AR:

Sofia makes a special birthday card for her Grandma by sliding, flipping, and turning shapes. Using the same simple steps, young children will learn about transformations as well as concepts such as diagonal, horizontal, and vertical.

 

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/mathematics-glossary/glossary/

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by Claire Piddock (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791577   AR:

Grace and Ethan are going to the fair with their Aunt Sarah. Lines and angles are everywhere they look. Young readers will love to follow along with them and learn what lines and angles are.

thumb-2 Measurement

by Penny Dowdy (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9780778790211   AR:

Colorful photographs of measuring tools show the reader how they can measure using common tools at home. This book offers the young reader a clear insight into understanding length, weight, capacity, and temperature.

thumb-3 Geometry

by Penny Dowdy (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9780778790204   AR:

Colorful photographs show the reader how they can understand the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs.

thumb-4 Area

by Dorianne Nardi Marsha Arvoy (author)       © 2010
ISBN: 9781427194992

What is area? It is a measure of space or of a place! The kids in Mrs. Jacksons class are learning all about area, and you can, too. See why area is important, what it is used for, and how to measure area in meaningful ways. Soon you will be measuring area in your own everyday experiences.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

The Common Core State Standards offers a mathematics glossary. http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/mathematics-glossary/glossary/

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