Hello, friends!  We are on snow day #5 today, so I have tried to be productive in my pjs this week.  ;)  I finally wrapped the final unit in my Growing Comprehension Bundle.  This one might just be my favorite!  Freddy Fact and Olivia Opinion are here to help teach fact vs. opinion to your little ones!  I am all about a craft, and this one is just too cute!  These activities would be perfect for first or second grades, especially if you are just introducing fact and opinion.  Let's take a look at each component!

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I always open the unit with an anchor chart.  If you know me, I like to prep them ahead of time.  I print the chart using the poster print setting in Adobe on my personal printer.  It prints on 4 sheets of paper, so you can trim and tape the pieces together to form a large poster.  I then laminate it to use year after year.

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For this particular one, I will write statements that are facts and statements that are opinions on sticky notes and let them sort them on the anchor chart.  As we learn more about fact and opinion, we can sort again and clear up any misconceptions.  This is a great pre-assessment!  You can also use this anchor chart throughout the week, recording facts and opinions on the chart.

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I always have posters displayed of the skill or strategy that we are focusing on for the week.  I usually display these up front by my carpet for student reference.

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On the first, we will make these fun Freddy Fact and Olivia Opinion crafts.  Students can refer to these throughout the week.  You could have each student make both, or you could split it up if that's too much for one day.

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I always include a detective case file.  You can put any applicable text inside and have students be Fact and Opinion Detectives.  These are great to use at a center for continued practice!

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I teach my students to look and listen for keywords when referring to fact vs. opinion.  Since these are little ones, I keep it simple.  You can have them glue this in their reading journal to use as a tool throughout the week.

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Text evidence is important when it comes to responding to reading.  You can incorporate text evidence by going on a hunt for facts and then for opinions.  I would do one the second day and another the third day of the unit.  Anytime they can refer back to the text, do it!

It also helps to let them use these little magnifying glasses!  You can find them through the affiliate link below:




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Some other fun tools are these bookmarks.  My students love sticking these in their books!  It helps them to keep coming back to that previous skill taught.

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This flapbook and mini-book are great to use with any book.  I give suggestions in the pack!  I love to give students pens or fun markers to use to complete these sometimes.  Whatever it takes to make it exciting!

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Finally, I always wrap up my lessons stating what we did today and what we plan to do during the following lesson.  We usually also do some sort of exit ticket or a turn and talk.  These exit tickets will help you to quickly assess who is getting it and who needs that extra support.  

As I said earlier, Fact and Opinion is the final pack in my Comprehension Bundle, but if I do decide to create more similar to this, I will go ahead and add it to the file.  If you are looking for engaging activities to use with books you already have, you can check it out below.  Have a great weekend!

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Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  I am starting to think about what I want to give my students and what they will use to store their goodies in from their Valentine's Day party.  I love doing Valentine's Day bags with my class!  I have done boxes in the past, and it's just too much.  It's also a lot to ask parents to make, as well.  So, I started using gift bags with my class.  I pick them up at a dollar store or Hobby Lobby;  there are typically several in a pack.  I really like the 8X10 brown craft bags for these particular ones...a cactus and a unicorn.  I also think it's just a really fun way to let students be involved in the creation of their bag.  Plus, it's just something extra fun to do that day!

I haven't decided which one I am going to make yet with my class.  They're both so cute and super easy to make!

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students! 

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!

What do you use in your classroom for student Valentine's Day gifts?  Hopefully, these will make your day a bit easier!  You can click any of the pics to be taken to my shop!


Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!

Valentine's Day bags for your classroom Valentine's Day party!  The cactus or the unicorn will be loved by your students!






Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Just dropping in to share February's Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for the following books:  What If You Had Animal Teeth?, Presidents' Day, How to Heal a Broken Wing, and I Am Helen Keller.  I love incorporating Interactive Read Alouds, because they allow us to teach a broad range of standards.  You can't cover an ELA standard once, and expect your students to automatically master it.  These allow you to continue to continually revisit it.  You will find that each week’s read aloud below will cover several standards, but I focus more heavily on a specific one each week while also including the others.  Each read aloud is designed to cover five days but can be condensed to four depending on your schedule.  All of my read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables.  This month includes lots of crafts and directed drawings.  Let's take a look at what my interactive read aloud looks like!


Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

I always have an anchor chart that focuses on the main standard for the week.  The first week of February is all about author's point, so this will be the anchor chart I use.  I print it as a poster in Adobe, which prints it very large on four pieces of paper.  You can then trim it up and tape it together to make a large poster.  We then laminate it, so that I can reuse it throughout the week and for the following years.  Since it is interactive, I can or students can add to it throughout the week and erase as needed.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

We will just focus on What If You Had Animal Teeth? in today's post.  I always include 3-4 vocabulary words to explicitly teach.  Other vocabulary that may be unknown in the text will only be implicitly taught.  The words above I display in a pocket chart.  I have a routine that I follow that you can find with the unit to teach these words.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

These sticky notes might be my favorite!  The questioning in the read aloud progresses throughout the week.  We progress from key ideas and details to craft and structure, and then finally to integration of knowledge and ideas types of questions.  The questions can be printed on sticky notes to stick inside your read aloud.  You are now ready to go throughout the week!  No planning!  My friend had the idea to turn the sticky notes sideways when printing.  That way, you can cut the questions apart and place them on the pages in which you will ask the questions!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Each week includes a 5-day set of scripted lesson plans.  On day one, we read through the whole text as you can see above.  But throughout the rest of the week, we will only read parts of the book that refer to that day's task.  I include everything you need to do before, during, and after reading the text.  The exit ticket component can be a written or verbal response.  I find that a lot of times, I just wrap up my lesson with a partner talk referring to the exit ticket.  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

One of the most difficult parts of planning an Interactive Read Aloud are the daily tasks.  The daily tasks all build upon one another to finally prepare students to complete their culminating task.  The daily task is almost always a written journal response.  I try to include multiples on a page to help you save paper and copies.  We all know those copies are precious!

I am all about making my Interactive Read Aloud engaging!  This month, as I said earlier, has lots of crafts and directed drawings that you can see below.  They all pair with a daily task, so you won't get in trouble for doing a craft!  ;)


Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

The Helen Keller activity above is an example of a culminating task.  This is the task you complete at the end of the week to assess if the students mastered that skill.  That particular week, I am assessing the standard that states students will be able to retell key details of the text and demonstrate understanding of their central message.  I will assess the retell part by listening to students orally retell the story, but I will mainly focus on the central message part of the standard this week.  I grade students using a rubric (which is included).  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Lots of teachers requested that I also include a multiple choice test over the story.  This test also assesses the focus standard for the week.  This is great test prep, too, since they will start taking these tests in second grade.

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!


Finally, we integrate some language instruction in through a mentor sentence.  The one above is mine that I display.  Students will get a set of the sentence's words to glue in their journal.  We highlight specific parts of the sentence, such as nouns and verbs.  Sometimes, we add details.  We always add an illustration to match our sentence.

You can check out February's Interactive Read Aloud Lesson's below, or you can save BIG below with the bundle for the entire year.  Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you!  Do you incorporate interactive read alouds into your literacy block?  

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!

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Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for First Grade | Each set of read aloud plans include anchor charts, posters, a daily lesson plan, assessing and advancing questions for partner talk and reading response, vocabulary, mentor sentences, speaking and listening checklists, vocabulary acquisition checklists, and daily and culminating task journal printables, as well as crafts and directed drawing. Get ready for an engaging interactive read aloud!  What If You Had Animal Teeth, Presidents' Day, How to Heal a Broken Wing, I Am Helen Keller