Once again, let me tell you how much I LOVE summertime. I have been busy busy busy creating brand new products that I'm super excited about! Here's my latest ah-ha moment!
So, last April, I created a set of Assessment task cards for Non-Fiction Text Features. I wanted a quick way to assess whether my students understood the different features, and could recognize them when asked in different ways.
1) The first option gives them a picture and a Multiple Choice format.
2) The second option gives them the definition and a Multiple Choice format.
3) The third option gives them a picture and an open ended question where they have to remember the Text Feature Vocabulary word.
I printed these regular sized on 8 1/2 x 11 white card stock and used them during the lesson to introduce and teach each of the Text Features. Then I printed these 2 to a page on white card stock, laminated them, and then hole punched them in the corner to put on a ring. As students came up to check out their books, I would flip through the questions and assess their learning.
So you're probably wondering why am I showing this NOW, and what does it have to do with creating things over the summer? Well, let me explain.
I was working on my lesson plans for this coming year, and I realized that I always spend a lot of time teaching the difference between Fiction books and Non-Fiction books first because it is such an important skill, especially in the younger grades. In the past, I’ve always created an anchor chart on paper with the information along with the students. Sometimes, in my rush, my poster had mistakes or was not the neatest as I must have missed the day they handed out the “teacher handwriting gene”! That always bugged me, because I would refer back to the poster for several weeks.
So, this summer, I decided to create an anchor chart that I could BUILD with the students, but have the pieces already printed out, including cute graphics to help my kindergartners know what the words were. (I also missed the “being able to draw and have people recognize what it is” gene!)
1.Take the two posters and blow them up to a 24x36 size.
Copy the other pages on white cardstock, and then laminate everything. Finally, cut all the pieces apart. I like to use Velcro to attach them, but you can also just use tape.
I’ll use the pieces to BUILD the poster with the students on the empty clipboard poster. Once we’ve done that for a few lessons, I’ll have the filled in clipboard available to hang as a reminder to use in subsequent lessons. Cool, huh?
As I was doing this I had an AMAZING revelation...Did you know that when you tell the kids that reading Non-Fiction books is reading for "iNFormation", the word iNFormation actually has the letters NF which correlates to Non-Fiction!!!! I'm been teaching 20 years and this is the first time I've seen that. Either I'm a genius or I'm super slow on the uptake! LOL!
Anyway, I hope you find this post helpful! By the way, all my products will be 20% off at my TpT store and Teacher's Notebook starting on Friday, July 25th through Sunday July 27th. Think of it as an early "Christmas in July!"