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Feet and shoes are the topics of this Informational Texts Pack. Titles of the four original articles are

Arguments for Feet Appreciation
Where Did You Get Those Shoes?
Extraordinary Feet
Speaking of Feet. . .

The goal of this teaching resource is to inform and to entertain—lots of humor to keep students interested, especially “Speaking of Feet. . .” For the teacher, there are 10 CCSS aligned questions in a variety of formats for each of the four articles.

The Teacher’s Resources section offers one or more complete writing prompts for all four texts, links to internet sites and YouTube videos for more in-depth study, research topics, and the e-bibliography used in writing the articles.

Full answer keys with specific CCSS alignments are included.  Twenty-five total pages.



Poinsettias and mistletoe—two familiar Christmas plants—take center stage in this duo of original Informational Texts.

“The Red Flower from Mexico,” traces the poinsettia’s journey from a wild shrub growing in Mexico to the most popular potted plant in the United States and Canada.

“Kissing under the Hemiparasite” takes a look at mistletoe’s ancient reputation as a magical plant and its perceived mystical qualities that somehow managed to jell into our modern kissing-under-the mistletoe tradition.

Each article is accompanied by a variety of 15 CCSS aligned question. Full answer keys, including short answer questions, are provided.

Both articles are written for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, although some high school classrooms and gifted 4th and 5th graders will also enjoy the contents.

Great seasonal resource for teaching Informational Text reading skills or for skills assessment.


This Informational Text Pack celebrates Drinking Straw Day.  Yes!  No kidding!
Though not an official, Congressionally sanctioned, national celebration, January 3 is set aside as Drinking Straw Day—a time to acknowledge the importance of this little necessity.  It also commemorates Marvin Stone’s patent for the world’s first paper drinking straw, which was granted by the U. S. Patent Office on January 3, 1888.
Get your students in the Drinking-Straw celebration mode with the three articles in this file:
(1)  “Drinking Straw Day” chronicles the rather surprising history of the drinking straw with a focus on  the two inventions that brought it to its modern form.  This article has 15 CCSS Aligned  questions.

(2)   “Addendum 1:  Patent No. 375,962″ presents the original diagram drawing and specifications included in Marvin Stone’s paper straw patent from 1888.  The 10 companion CCSS aligned questions require students to study both the diagram and the specifications.  Several questions refer to information in “Drinking Straw Day.”

(3)  “Patent No. 2,094,286″ includes the original diagram drawing and specifications from Joseph Friedman’s flexible straw patent in 1937.  The 10 CCSS aligned questions for this document refer to the diagram, the specifications, and information from the other two documents.
A set of “Drinking Straw Facts” and another group of “Facts about Patents” are included as a little something extra that teachers and students can use as they see fit.

18 pages of script.  20 total pages including cover and Credits.
Full Answer Keys are included.  (Specific CCSS are listed here, and not in the questions themselves)
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This Informational Text Pack begins with “January 24th:  National Peanut Butter Day in the U.S.”.  The article focuses on one of our favorite foods and traces its development from its South American roots, through its growth in popularity, to its debut as a homogenized smooth or crunchy commercial product.  It also introduces students to “arachibutyrophobia,” the terrible, awful, debilitating fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of one’s mouth.

The second article “How the Peanuts Gang Got Its Name” takes a look at how Charles Schulz was forced to give up the original name he attached to his famous cast of characters and accept one he never warmed up to—“Peanuts!”

Each text is two pages long and comes with a set of 15 CCSS aligned questions.
Full answer keys, with specific CCSS alignments listed for each question, are included.

As a bonus, I have added a two-page list of left-over peanut and peanut butter facts that students can use to write their own informational texts.   Or, teachers can easily transform them into task cards.

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Treat your students to a new view of February 14th with “Hearts and Ferris Wheels.”

This Informational Text’s first article, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter,” starts in ancient Egypt for the beginnings of the mix-ups and misconceptions about the human heart that were finally unscrambled less than 500 years ago.  Still, they keep hanging around in our language as idioms, which we dust off and wear out each Valentine’s day—bless our hearts!

Bet you didn’t know that February 14th is also Ferris Wheel Day!  “The Engineer with Wheels in His Head” tells the story of the world’s first Ferris Wheel, built by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (born on February 14th) for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (aka The Chicago’s World Fair.)

Each text is accompanied by 15 CCSS aligned questions.  Full answer keys are included.  CCSS alignments are listed in the answer keys, not the questions.

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In honor of March’s U.S. designation as National Umbrella Month, the first portion of this text pack is about this very necessary item.

Barbie, the first teen fashion doll, made her debut on March 9, 1959, at the New York Toy Fair.  Since then, she has reigned at the world’s most popular doll.  To commemorate her 50+ years of extreme fame, controversy, and legal entanglements, the second article tells the story of Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Each article is three pages of script with 15 CCSS aligned questions.  The target skills are listed in the answer keys, and not with the questions.

This file is 17 total pages, including 12 pages of script, 2 pages of answer keys, a table of content, a cover page, and an e-bibliography with clipart art credits.

Full answer keys are included.

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The month of September with its Labor Day festivities and a host of other fun events is the focus of this figurative language activity pack. The original study sentences are organized into three lessons with 25 items each. Students are challenged to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms, and personification.

An introductory reference page with definitions and examples of the five featured figures of speech can be used as a wall poster or a student handout.

This download is sixteen total pages including full answer keys, a cover page, the reference page, and a section of links to companion products.

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The month of October is the focus of this figurative language activity pack. Organized into three different lessons with 25 items each, students are asked to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, hyperboles, idioms, and personification. An introductory reference page with definitions and examples of the five featured figures of speech can be used as part of the student handout. Full answer keys are included.

Twelve pages including cover page.

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This figure-of-speech study is constructed around the loosely woven story of a family’s Thanksgiving get together. Organized in three sections (Appetizers, Main Course, After Dinner Activities) of twenty-five items each, the original sentences feature a menu of six figures of speech: similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.

Full answer keys are included.

Fifteen total pages counting cover.

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This holiday-themed study of figurative language is composed of a series of original sentences, popular song lyrics, and a verse from a familiar Christmas poem. Organized into three parts with twenty-five items each, students are challenged to identify and interpret the six featured figures of speech–simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.

A total of 16 pages–including full answer keys, a list of the targeted figures of speech with definitions and examples, and the cover page.

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