Checkbox Challenge, a Bunny Hop and a freebie!

Hey everyone!  It's been a wee while!  I have been busy enjoying my spring break - a whole 2 weeks off school - it has been great!  Luckily the weather has played ball so far - the sun has been shining very day, so of course I have been on the beach with Blue - he loves the water!  I have been having a good old clear out at home - I love spring cleaning!  Having time to catch up with friends and family has been great!  I even managed to go clothes shopping and get all my appointments fitted in.  I feel like I have been catching up on many months of a 'to do' list - which never seems to get 'done' when I'm at school!  I have my little Easter display up ready to greet family as they arrive tomorrow for our big Easter dinner!

On the TpT front, I finally got a new product finished!  I'm afraid I had lost my mojo for a while and hadn't posted any teaching products since the beginning of February!  I have lots of ideas hidden away in 'work in progress' folders - they seem to take months to see the light of day!  I was so happy and excited to finally get this product posted, as it has been simmering away for soooo long.  I have to thank my bloggy friends who helped keep me on the path of correct American English - what a minefield!  

Ta-da!  Here it is........

If you check my facebook page, I am currently giving away 2 packs!  It is also 50% off in my TpT store.  The preview has a freebie text, should you wish to try it out.

I created this pack to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

• The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
• The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
• These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed.

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.


Polar Bears
The King of the Jungle
Ancient Egyptians
Community Helpers
Planet Facts
Earth Day
The Water Cycle
The Four Seasons
Weather Forecasting
The Journey of the Banana
Teddy Bears

Some bloggy friends and I are also having a facebook hop!  We are giving away some resources from whole packs, that might help you along on those last few months of the school year.  The freebies are complete in themselves, but belong to larger resources that you can win!  At the end of the hop, you will find a rafflecopter to enter.  The grand prize is an 'Easter basket' of all the complete products!  Just click the pic below to join the hop - look for the 'bunny hop' tab.

Lastly, something fun for tomorrow, if you have little ones to entertain after they have completed their egg hunts!

Our curriculum does not allow colouring in as a stand alone - it is seen as a waste of time.  However, what little one doesn't love to color in?!  It's also great for honing those fine motor skills and working on students' presentation of their work.  I have an untidy bunch this year, but the promise of an Easter egg prize does a lot to sharpen those skills!  This was the outcome - I just had to share here because they are so bright and colorful, they just make me smile!

I'm afraid the egg was hand-drawn on an uneven desk, so there are a few lumps and bumps here and there!  However, you are more than welcome to download it, if you think you might have a little one who would enjoy coloring it!  Click on the colored egg below to download the blackline.

Finally - I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!  I hope you get time to spend with loved ones!

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