Christmas Fun in the Classroom – Happy Snow Day!

I must say finding out we had a “snow day” this morning was quite a treat.  🙂  I am enjoying the day off with my husband who is also a teacher, so I thought I would share some Christmas fun in the classroom.  A couple years ago I cut the lights off of a strand of Christmas lights to use in my resource room, and they are super fun.

christmas lights

I have found so many ways to use them.  Students use them for markers in ABC Bingo, or markers for roll and cover sight word activities.  I’ve also used them as manipulatives for Touch Math counting activities and for sorting by color!  The kids love them.  Of course I have working Christmas lights shining in my room too.

A few weeks ago I found this very cute “Countdown to Christmas” chalkboard plaque at the One Spot at Target.  It was $1.  And I changed it to the “Christmas Break” countdown and put it in my classroom.  I’m sure all teachers keep track of how many days until Christmas Break, but I thought this was fun, cute and cheap.  I let the students write down the number of days left and they like that.  Enjoy your December teaching.  It goes so fast!


Merry Christmas and Happy Snow Day!

“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’…”

Job 37:6

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Fluency & Comprehension Reading Intervention Bundle for Grades 1-3

I created this bundle for those of us who provide reading intervention for multiple grade levels.  This bundle includes the Fluency and Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons First, Second and Third Grade Packets.  Click on the picture for the link to the product in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


bundle 4 bundle 3 bundle 2

Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Levels range from 1.1-1.9 for the first grade packet, 2.1-2.9 for the second grade packet and 3.1-3.9 for the third grade packet.  They are all in chronological order.

Each of the 3 packets contains 35 original fluency passages I wrote and 2-3 comprehension and extension activities to accompany each one. Using one fluency passage per week, this would provide interventions for the whole school year, for 3 grade levels.  For each passage there is a teacher copy that you can print in color and reuse. There is also a black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. The comprehension questions and activities allow students to spend time on each selection and participate in close reading strategies to build reading skills. It draws upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage higher levels of thinking skills.

*How to Use*
These fluency passages, comprehension questions and extension activities were designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. For each week and fluency passage, it would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, comprehension questions or activity (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

It is always my goal to design the intervention to follow this format, but it is easier with some text and activities than others.
These materials could be used in other ways as well including as whole group fluency instruction or as homework. The genres of the fluency passages include poetry, fiction and informational text. The materials in this packet are aligned to several First, Second and Third Grade Common Core Language Arts standards.

I also try to make the fluency passages a little more fun than other ones I’ve used. I included my fluency progress monitoring graph to track students’ fluency progress with this packet. I also included labels for file folders to create “fluency files” for each student. For each packet there are also 3 pages of ideas for creation/extension activities for day 3.

Of course, I wanted to make this a great value for you. You are getting the 3 grade level packets for over 20% off the discounted price and over 40% off the original price.

***This packet includes any First, Second or Third Grade Fluency Passage that is sold individually in my store. ***

~If you like this, please rate me on TpT or follow me. Ask any questions before purchase please. You can e-mail me at ckeimer@hotmail.com or use the questions link on TpT. If you already purchased the grade level packets individually, just email me.  I am so happy to share this with you!


“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”

Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Take care.  😉