Spring Fluency Close Reading Passages & Comprehension Activities {Garden Bugs}

This bundle contains 5 original fluency passages I wrote and 3-4 comprehension and extension activities to accompany each one. The theme is garden creatures and it is just right for spring time!  The passages are all nonfiction informational text and I used real photographs of nature to illustrate the text!

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Using one fluency passage per week, this would provide interventions for 5 weeks.  You could also focus on one fluency passage per day, depending on your needs and schedule. These materials could be used as whole group or small group fluency instruction or as homework.  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.

Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Levels range from 4.2-4.5 and are in chronological order. They are all on a fourth grade reading level.

*Suggestion for Use for Small Group Intervention*
These fluency passages, comprehension questions and extension activities can be used 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).

The genres of the fluency passages are all non-fiction, informational text. The materials in this packet are aligned to several fourth Grade Common Core Language Arts standards.

I tried to make the fluency passages a little more fun and interesting 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.

I also tried to make this a great value for you!

If you like this, please rate me or follow me.  I am so happy to share this with you!

“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come…”

{Song of Solomon 2:12}

Love,

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My Turn! {Special Education Blog Hop FINAL Day!}

Welp, here we are! The last day of February and my turn to spread a little Special Education love in the form of *FREEBIES!*

Today only, I am sharing not one, not two, but three fantastical freebies from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

1) Because telling time is an essential life skill!

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2) Because teaching social skills and replacement behaviors is

Just. So. Hard.

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Aaaaaaaaaaand…

3) Because spring is right around the corner!  {Praise the Lord!}

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If you download, please show me some LOVE in the form of feedback and follows.

I hope you have all had a great month and enjoyed the blog hop! So many talented teacher authors and bloggers coming together. How awesome! I have definitely gained some great ideas and resources!

Don’t forget to show love all year round.

“A friend loves at ALL times…”

(Proverbs 17:17)

Love Always,

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Special Education Teacher Binder Editable {Templates, Data Collection & More}

I created this product because I am an Intervention Specialist who likes (tries) to be organized and who likes things to be pretty. This folder contains 2 editable PowerPoints and I also added the main 2 fonts I used to create the documents for your convenience. You can use the fonts to edit your binder and for any other personal and classroom use.  Click on the picture for the link to the item in my store!

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Contents:
One portrait PowerPoint (46 pages) that contains 10 binder divider pages including 2 cover pages, IEPs, 504 Plans, Condensed IEPs, Behavior Plans, Student Data, Calendars, Parent Communication Log, and Lesson Plans. There are also templates to use in each of those sections of your binders. Additionally, there are 6 editable binder divider pages in this PowerPoint, and 3 pages of inspirational quotes.

One landscape PowerPoint (47 pages) that contains 12 calendar templates (for each month) and additional templates to use in each of the divider sections. There are also 6 pages of landscape editable binder divider pages.

A main component of this file are the progress monitoring forms (49 total) that are in both slideshows. These forms are for tracking progress various skills for students K-5. All the pages are editable in the slideshows by adding textboxes wherever you’d like to add text. I have already added textboxes on the editable binder divider pages, but not on the other templates. If you want the text you add to match the binder divider pages, download and install CKRounded and CKPurple, which are both included in the file. I created most of the progress monitoring forms to be printed and written on, which is how I use them when I assess students. For other templates, such as the behavior plan template, etc. you can add textboxes to edit the documents. If you’d like the fonts to match, download CKFonts (sets 1-5) available for free in my store for personal and classroom use, and match them to the document you are editing.

I hope you love this file and that it helps you keep things organized and pretty! 😉 If you need any help, email me at ckeimer@hotmail.com. If you like it, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your feedback and follows.

Have a great school year!

With special education teacher love,
Courtney Keimer

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This is my first day at home with my beautiful new baby girl and my amazing 2 year old little boy.  They both fell asleep at exactly 1:50 and I feel like Superwoman.  Praise the Lord!

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad it in!”

(Psalm 118:24)

A Milestone Achievement and a *MONSTERS* Flash Freebie to Celebrate!

This week I am celebrating a “milestone” on Teachers Pay Teachers!  To celebrate, I made my MONSTERS Fluency Passage, Comprehension Activities & Craft Outlines FREE for one week only as part of the celebration.  This product was featured on TeachersPayTeachers.com, posted yesterday, August 19 with this comment:

“Spookily cool! MONSTERS Fluency Passage, Comprehension Activities & Craft Outlines is free for a moment in celebration of a recent milestone achievement. Well played, Courtney Keimer!”

Check it out here!

MONSTERS Feature Link!

Click on the picture for the link to the ***Flash Freebie*** in my TPT store!

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Additionally, I was featured on the Teachers Pay Teachers Newsletter and Blog on August 17 as a “Milestone Achiever!”

Here is the link if you’d like to check it out!  {I am #9!}

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I am so humbled and beyond excited about this opportunity.  Teachers Pay Teachers is such a blessing!

And I love this verse…

“May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.”

(Deuteronomy 32:2)

Test Passing Rap Fluency Passage and Comprehension Activities

State testing is coming up, here in Ohio at least!  Just about six weeks left to prepare students.  I wrote this Testing Passing Rap to try to make it a little fun for them.

3 Day Fluency/Comprehension Reading Intervention

This is an original fluency passage I wrote and comprehension/extension activities to accompany it. This package includes a teacher copy that you can print in color and reuse.  It also includes a black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. There are low level comprehension questions, higher level comprehension questions, and a short writing activity.

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*How to Use*
This was designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy.  It would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, first page of comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, second page of 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).  On this day I would have students do the test taking tips writing activity to use as a reminder to read before tests.

I wrote this passage to help prepare my third graders for state testing, which they take in the fall and in the spring. I hope you like it! You can use my fluency progress monitoring graph available for free in my store to track students’ fluency progress with this passage.

I am so happy to share my stuff with you!  Good luck on state testing!

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:9)

Teachers Pay Teachers Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale: It’s Coming!

Hi teachers!

Hopefully you are enjoying the day off and preparing yourself to give thanks and eat lots of food!  I myself am feeling blessed beyond measure and excited to eat!  I wanted to let you know that I will be having a HUGE sale this coming BLACK Friday through CYBER Monday.  I love Christmas, I love shopping and I love sales so it only seemed fitting.  This will be the biggest sale in the history of my TpT store.  All items in my store will be 20% – 50% off.   Also, be on the look out for Flash Freebies, as certain items will be posted in my store for FREE for one day only, Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  Click on the picture for the *link* to my store.

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Here are some items I recently posted:

***Fluency and Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons – Fourth Grade Level

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***Addition and Subtraction Practice: S’more Games, Worksheets & Assessments

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Addition-and-Subtraction-Practice-Smore-Games-Worksheets-Assessments-987172

***Christmas Alphabet Activity – Letter Identification, Sequencing & Sounds

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-Alphabet-Activities-Letter-Identification-Sequencing-Sounds-975690

I hope that if you purchase or download anything, you love it!  If you have some time, please take a minute to rate my items.  I love to read that teachers and students can use the items I’ve created and that it helps them!  Reading thoughtful and kind feedback literally makes my day.  Additionally, if you would ever like me to alter a product to fit your needs, I am happy to do that.  I would also be happy to try to create an item for you if there is something specific you need.

 Thank you so much for following me.  Your support is amazing and humbling.

God bless you and merry Christmas!

Fluency & Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons: Fourth Grade Level

This bundle 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 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.

Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Levels range from 4.1-4.9 in chronological order. They are all on a fourth grade reading level.

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*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 Fourth 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. There is also 3 pages of ideas for creation/extension activities for day 3.

***This packet contains any fourth grade level fluency passage with comprehension activities sold in my store individually.***

I wanted to make this a great value for you. One fluency passage and comprehension questions is $2.00 in my store and in this bundle each passage and accompanying activities are less than $0.50 each, when they are not on sale.
If you like this, please rate me on Teachers pay Teachers 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. I am so happy to share this with you!

Take care and God bless!