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Genre Sort

Genre SortOne of my kindergarten teacher friends started this book sort for her sweeties. Before she would read a book to the students they would study the title and cover to determine genre and author’s purpose. I knew I wanted to use this same idea in my classroom at the middle school, so I developed a genre sort for my students to use throughout the year, What I love, is that every time I share a book or article, it has become instinct for my students to begin analyzing the title and cover without even being asked!

This lesson is everything you need for any classroom/grade level, minus the pocket chart:)! Just download, print, laminate if you want, and VOILA! Your genre sort is ready to go. I have included six fiction/nonfiction book cover pairs that my students LOVE for you to use. These are just examples/ideas for you to get started with. I encourage you to print covers of any book that you read in your classroom too!

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I Want Candy! – Grades 3-8IMG_7431

The lesson includes all of my modeled lessons- 5 senses chart, word referent chart, modeled sample, and finished product that I did with my students. AND directions for the art connection! Everything you need including the parent note if you would like to allow your students to bring their favorite candy to school while charting their 5 senses. This lesson was a hit in my classroom and I know it will be in your class too!

  • Full Lesson Plan
  • Student 5 Senses PDF and teacher completed version for you to see
  • Student Word Referent Chart PDF and teacher completed version for you to see
  • Candy Sentence Starters PDF to use for the 5 senses descriptive paragraph
  • Student Final Copy Paper PDF and teacher completed version for you to see
  • All teacher modeled charts that were done during class
  • POP Art connection directions and examples
  • Note for parents if you want students to bring candy

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Monsters: October K-1 Lesson

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This is a fun and engaging lesson using monster books you probably already have in your classroom! I got to spend some time in kindergarten teaching this lesson, and the samples turned out so cute! Love this lesson and want to use it in your classroom? Download it today!

  • Complete Lesson Plan
  • Example of teacher chart
  • Student PDF for both kinder and first grade
  • Student samples
  • Link to art connection

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The Nutty Squirrel – Grades 3-8

The Nutty Squirrel unit focuses on students analyzing the narrative genre of writing through the passage The Nutty Squirrel. In these lessons, students will begin with annotating IMG_7420the passage, summarizing, creating a book cover that includes beginning, middle, and end on the narrative diamond, analyze the story critical elements, and end with a narrative writing extension task. This download is everything you need to teach the salient skills of the narrative genre and create strategic readers in your classroom. 

  • Complete Lesson Plans
  • The Nutty Squirrel PDF
  • My Annotation Example from class
  • Examples of my modeled chart
  • Narrative Book Cover PDF ( can be used for any narrative book!)
  • Examples of completed student samples of book cover
  • Story Critical Elements Student Page PDF
  • Narrative Extension Task PDF

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IMG_7340Fall K-1 Unit: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

We all love using the Little Old Lady Books in our classrooms! I got to spend the day in kindergarten last week teaching this lesson on recognizing narrative story patterns and stretching out the middle of a story. This will be a fun addition to your classroom. Make your teacher version with Velcro pieces and laminate to put in a station with the book!  Students can continue to practice as the month goes on!

This ready to print unit includes:

  • Complete Lesson Plan
  • EW’s Character/Problem/Solution Summarizing Framework
  • Old Lady’s face template
  • Sequencing Cards (Leaves Book)  for both kinder and first grade
  • Student sample and teacher sample of stretching out the middle of the story
  • Beginning, Middle, End template and teacher modeled example
  • Student completed sample and bulletin board picture

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