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Making Inferences Worksheets

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Upgrade Your Teaching Toolbelt with These Free Downloadable ‘Making Inferences’ Worksheets Want to teach your students to think for themselves? These free worksheets are a great place to start! Download the worksheets Today’s special at the cafe: a guide to teaching inferences and a free worksheet set! Our best tip? Reignite creative learning and develop critical thinking using a classroom…

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Teaching Text Features: K-8

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Teaching Text Features (K-8) Text Features – Teach essential reading strategies and improve students’ reading comprehension with this new resource for teachers. Each grade level has two sets of pages, and callout boxes aimed at the student identify and explain the text features on the book’s pages. A teacher chart included with each set of pages helps you articulate how…

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Critical Nouns – Common Core Vocabulary

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Critical Nouns – Common Core Vocabulary Below is a list of critical nouns students must comprehend for the Common Core State Standards K-12. Alliteration Analogy Argument Central Idea Conclusions Connections Connotative Language Details Evidence Figurative Language Illustrations Interaction Metaphor Mood Point of view Rhetoric Simile Stanza Structures Theme Tone  

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Critical Verbs – Common Core Vocabulary

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Critical Verbs – Common Core Vocabulary Below is a list of critical verbs students must comprehend for the Common Core State Standards K-12. Analyze Articulate Cite Compare Comprehend Contrast Delineate Demonstrate Describe Determine Develop Distinguish Draw Evaluate Explain Identify Infer Integrate Interpret Locate Organize Paraphrase Refer Retell Suggest Support Summarize Synthesize Trace Verb Definitions analyze – the act of separating…

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Common Core ELA Online Games

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Common Core ELA Online Games Common Core ELA Online Games – A collection of Common Core standard-alined reading games designed to reinforce the skills your students have gained throughout the year. CCSS.ELA-Literacy – English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » K-5 Can cover all CCSS ESL standards so that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and…

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K-12 Book Reviews

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K-12 Book Reviews   Reading – Hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books reviews.  It covers K-12.  You can choose a category such as “Award Winners” or “Nonfiction Book Reviews”, as well as many others. Great place to start when looking for a good children’s book.

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Online Reading Games

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Online Reading Games PBS Kids – Dozens of free online reading games covering several standards. Games are mostly for beginning readers or primary K-2.  Games cover: record a story, rhyme games, comic creator, letter recognition, opposites, and more. CCSS.ELA-Literacy – English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » K-2 Can cover many CCSS ESL standards so that students gain adequate…

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Reading Comprehension – Online Passages & Quizzes

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Reading Comprehension: Online Passages & Quizzes Read Theory – Sign up for free and gain access to over 1,000 reading comprehension exercises. The program teaches students to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer the meanings of useful vocabulary words. The class creation process allows teachers to manage students, track progress, and…

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Online Children’s Books – Fiction & Nonfiction

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Online Children’s Books: Fiction & Nonfiction We Give Books – A new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. Tons of free fiction and non-fiction (informational text) that can be read online in full color and text. You must sign-up with…

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Online Children Educational Magazines

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Online Children Educational Magazines Highlights – The online children’s magazine has many free stories with audio and highlighted  words as it is read for elementary students. Ranger Rick – Monthly articles on animals, forests, and more. CCSS.ELA-Literacy – English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » K-5 Can cover all CCSS ESL standards so that students gain adequate exposure to…

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Wildlife Books, Games, Coloring and Curriculum

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Wildlife Books, Games, Coloring and Curriculum Online Books The Wold and the Dog – Informational text for grades 3 to 7. Wild Animals that Need our Help – Informational text for grades 3 to 7.  Includes printable word searches, crosswords and coloring pages. Penguins – Preschool to Kindergarten. Tigers – Kindergarten to second grade. Polar Bears – Second grade to sixth…

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Read Alouds: Children’s Animated Stories

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Read Alouds: Children’s Animated Stories Mighty Book – Free and paid subscription for books, music, art and games. Hundreds of original stories, songs, games and puzzles, plus scores of classic books, poems and songs including many free. Everything is illustrated, animated and read out loud. Complete lesson plans and quizzes are included with many of the books and songs.  …

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Children’s Classic Books Online

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Children’s Classic Books Online Children’s Online  Books – Thousands of classic children’s books available free. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.  Download and read the real books.  Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Jungle Book,…

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Read Alouds – Aesop Fables

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Read Alouds: Aesop Fables Aesop Fables – Listen and view four of Aesop’s most famous fables: The Tortoise and the Hare, A Lesson for a Foolish Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Fox and his Shadow.  They are read with a modern interpretation. Key Ideas and Details CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events…

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Learn to Read English Online

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Learn to Read English Online Starfall – Free learn-to-read web site. Free online tutoring, practice, games & more. Learn ABC’s, learn to read. Different levels of reading. Students click the words & it is reads to them. E-Holiday & activities. Great for ELL’s. Free printouts, phonics & writing activities. Learn to read with a systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with…

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Children’s Digital Library

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Children’s Digital Library Children’s Library – A free collection of digital books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Many cultures and languages represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.  Books can be searched by title, language or/and by ages.  Registering is optional. Users who…

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Read Alouds – Free Audio Stories for Children

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Read Alouds: Free Audio Stories for Children Light Up Your Brain – Free downloadable MP3s that will play on virtually any audio device. List of the audio stories that we’ve created especially for you, with the words to follow. Click on the story title to visit that story’s page, where you can read along and download the audio file. CCSS.ELA-Literacy…

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Fluency Passages: Grades 1-5

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Fluency Passages (Grades 1-5) Fluency Practice Passages – *Pay site, but two week free trail.  Sign up and download all the passages you want for free.  Improve reading speed and accuracy with repeated readings of Fluency Practice Passages. Students orally read passages designed for one-minute readings several times with appropriate expression and smoothness to increase reading rate, resulting in improved…

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Elementary Science Videos

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Elementary Science Videos Science Videos – Free elementary K-6 science videos. Life, Earth, Physical, Process. Each Science A–Z video is accompanied by Video Discussion Questions.  

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BookRix

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BookRix BookRix – Read Free Books Online and Download eBooks for Free. thousands of books to read online and download free eBooks. Discover and read free books by indie authors as well as tons of classic books. Browse categories to find your favorite literature genres: Romance, Fantasy, Thriller, Short Stories, Young Adult and Children’s Books. CCSS.ELA-Literacy – English Language Arts…

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Online Storytime

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Online Storytime Online Storytime – Free online stories read by authors and celebrities. Stories include: The Kissing Hand, Pinkalicious, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Guess How Much I Love You, Green Eggs and Ham, Tickle Monster, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Splish, Splash Splat, Charlie the Ranch Dog, Strega Nona, The Polar Express, Where the Wild Things Are, Olivia,…

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Free Online Book Quizzes with Reports

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Free Online Book Quizzes with Reports Book Adventure – Free, online resource to encourage young people to read more. It is free and easy to sign up whether you are a student, teacher, or parent. Search for books to read in the Book Finder to match with a book you have. Then then go back online to take the quiz.…

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Online Elementary Reading Stories

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Online Elementary Reading Stories Speakaboo Stories – Original and classic stories read by professionals and celebrities. Categories include: Holiday, Espanol (Spanish), Bedtime, Nursery Rhymes, Fairy tales and much more.  Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music.  Choose by theme, author or celebrity. Each story comes with educational worksheets, activities,…

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Converting Fractions and Decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths) Worksheets

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Converting Fractions and Decimals Converting Fractions and Decimals (Tenths) – Free printable math common core worksheet that gives students the repetitive practice to change fractions into decimals and decimals into fraction. Converting Fractions and Decimals (Hundredths) – Free printable math common core worksheet that gives students the repetitive practice to change fractions into decimals and decimals into fraction. Converting Fractions…

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Decomposing Fractions Video Lessons

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Decomposing Fractions Video Lessons Decompose Fractions Lesson 1 – Video lesson where you will learn how to decompose a fraction by breaking up the fraction into a sum of fractions. Decompose Fractions Lesson 2 –  Video lesson where you learn how to decompose fractions by using addition. CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.B.3 Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of…

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