Out of This World Literacy : May 2013
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A Fun End of the Year Reading Review Lesson!

Hello Friends!

I had such a fun reading workshop today with my fifth graders.  We spent a lot of time looking in our readers’ notebooks under the mini lesson section.  All year my students have copied the mini lesson statements and the date each day throughout the year.  Here is how we reviewed some of the reading strategies we have learned this year:

1.       I called out a date and students found the mini lesson from that day in their notebook.

2.       One student read the mini lesson to the class.
3.       We talked about what type of reading strategy we learned that day and how we continue to use that strategy each time we read.

4.       We picked one day from each month and followed the same steps as a review.

5.       I then sent students off to work independently, completing the graphic organizer, “My Reading Strategies.”  I asked them to read over the mini lessons from the year and choose 12 that were the most important to them.

6.       After independent work, students gathered back at the carpet.  They shared their 12 strategies with a partner. 

7.       After sharing, I asked students to look for strategies they chose that were the same as their partners.

8.       Finally, I asked students to share with the class which strategies they had in common.  We had a discussion about what is most important.  The strategy that kept coming up in my class what that readers ask and answer their own questions.  My students all felt that was a very important strategy!

Today was such a fun day!  The students were able to see the value in taking good notes all year.  They all really enjoyed looking back in their notebooks.  We had a few learning experiences about taking notes as well!  Some students were missing dates and others struggled to read their own handwriting.  These were great teachable moments about the importance of writing for meaning!!

If you would like your own copy of this and 11 other reading review lessons, come visit my store to purchase this super fun reading review pack for your own class!


I wish you all a very amazing last few weeks of school.  We all make such an impact on our students’ lives, even with the few short days we have left…make them the best!!!

Best Wishes,



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Best Wishes!


Hello Friends!!

I hope you all are enjoying a restful and relaxing Saturday morning.  I am off soon to watch my son play flag football.  He is 9 and it is just so much fun to watch him play! 

I wanted to send out a quick blog for two reasons.  First, I need your suggestions!!!  I am super excited to start a new set of resources that will support the units of study I have created.  If you are not familiar with my units of study, they are month-long reading and writing units that focus on specific genres.  They include 20 reading and 20 writing mini lessons, with extensive details for each lesson included. 

So, this is where I need your help.  I am planning to create a supplemental set of resources for each unit.  Here is what I plan to include so far:

1. Printable graphic organizers for every reading lesson (great for assessment!)
2. Printable writing organizers for each stage of the writing process
3. Grading rubrics for the final writing piece
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and so on...

If you purchase and use my units in your classroom and have any suggestions for me I would REALLY appreciate leaving me a comment.  I want to make these resources the most practical and useful for everyone!  Thank you!!

Second, if you haven't found them already, I have created three super fun end of the year resources.  My fifth graders and I are working on the time capsule writing unit right now.  It is so much fun and the kids are having a blast writing to their future selves!! 

I plan to start the reading review unit this Monday.  I made all the graphic organizers into a bound reading memory book.  I even included a couple of blank pages in the back for students to leave reading tips for their friends!

Finally, this last resource is called leave a note for the new kid.  This is so much fun!  Students fill out a questionairre about their teacher and classroom.  They leave the note in their old desk for next year's student to read.  I have done this for several years and it is always so much fun to see what the kids write!  It is also very fun to see the new kids find them at the beginning of the school year.

I hope everyone is hanging in there as they wrap up another school year.  I have 5 weeks left and I'm counting the days!!

Best Wishes to all!