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  • Informational Text: 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Christmas Songs


    “5 Things You Didn’t Know about Christmas Songs” is a set of five different informational texts.  Each one features a little-known fact about a particular song.In many cases, events from American history were involved in shaping the song, and sometimes, the song shaped history. Think of this product as a history/music/reading resource.

    The articles, each two-pages of text with 10 CCSS-aligned questions, are written for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders although some younger and older students will also enjoy the material.

    Songs features in this set are:
    “White Christmas”
    “Jingle Bells”
    “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
    “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
    “The Chipmunk Song

    Answer Keys are included.

    25 total pages of text counting Answer Keys.

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  • Informational Text Pack for January: Peanuts and Peanut Butter


    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.

    Download the sample pages HERE.  (Use back arrow to return to this page.)

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  • Informational Text Pack for February: Hearts and Ferris Wheels


    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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  • Informational Text Pack for March: Umbrellas and Barbie


    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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  • Informational Texts Pack: Feet and Shoes


    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.


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