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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Leveled Valentine Passages

Do you know Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B? She used to be a classroom teacher and focused a lot on math. Now she is teaching ESOL kids and she really wants to be sure that you know she has ventured out and making many other products. She was so kind to let me try out her Valentine Leveled Passages. And even though Valentine's Day is so near, you can still use these after the actual Valentine's Day. Or grab them for next year. 

Currently I am not working with ESOL kids (We call them ESL for English as a Secondary Language), but I am working with 2nd graders who are having trouble with reading. 
I wanted to see if this would work with other kids besides ESOL. I found out that it does!
There are 10 different leveled passages that can be used by a variety of grades. (Because we all know that within our own classes, we have a gap between our lowest and our highest readers!)

The levels range from Text Level A or Lexile -220 up to Text Level L/M or Lexile 500.

Elizabeth has given very clear lesson plans of how to use these for 3 days.


The first thing they do is read the passage.

 Then they have to search for vocabulary words and circle them with a specific color. This is a great skill to teach kids. They need to know how to skim what they read to look for information.  Because they have to color, this also helps kids who may be unsure of their color words.

(Let me stop here for a minute. This product comes in color pages and black & white. So you can save your color ink if you need to or you can use the color pages, laminate them, and use a visa-vi marker on them.)
When finished their paper looks like this with many colored circles around the vocabulary.
Another part of this product is the vocabulary cards with pictures. Great for helping those kids identify the words.

 This young fellow is looking at all the vocabulary words (without pictures) while I read the definition to him. Once he matches it up, I gave it to him to place beside the word.
There is another piece that helps them connect to the reading. They have questions to answer that they can find right in the text. (In the old days, we call those Right There questions!)

The last part asks them to use some of their own thoughts. "Why do you think? What would you like?" type questions. I love that part because it lets the student give their own thoughts that don't have to be RIGHT! 
The final part of this package is a game board to practice reading those vocabulary words. I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to try this out. 
(I don't work on Thursdays and we have this Friday and Monday off for Mid Winter break. but I'm not trying to rub that in to you. . . . much!)

But it sure looks like fun! 

If you are interested in grabbing this, it is on sale right now. . . HALF OFF!  You can get it for $2.00. That's it! (42 page$ for $2.00 i$ a ma$$ive $aving$!)

You can click here to go to her store.







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