Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Guest Blogger Lisa from Growing Firsties - AWESOME Resource & a Giveaway! :)

Hello Sweet Kelly Followers! I'm so happy to "meet" you! I'm Lisa from Growing Firsties and I'm so excited to guest post for Kelly today!

Make sure to stay tuned to the end of the post, as I'd love to have a little giveaway for you. :)

Outside of....






I was hunkered down deeeeeeep...



Common Core has me freakishly wanting to get my kids to be more automatic in citing evidence for their thinking.

This pack is a companion pack to...

Click here if you want to learn more in-depth about STAR Readers...

(You can do one without the other, promise...though if you want me to bundle the two together, I can...just give me a holler about it and I'll google the heck out of how to bundle them and then I'll upload them as a bundle to TpT with some overall savings...)

K...back to Finding Proof...

So, in the ideal world, our readers will be enthusiastically expanding their critical thinking skills by citing evidence from the text left and right to support their answers to questions...

All in their own instructional and independent texts.

But...I teach in the real world.

And that's why I made this pack.

It's my goal for them to do all that in their own text, BUT in my experience, they need scaffolding, guidance and repetition with something a bit more laid out.

Finding Proof has four parts in a progression of skills, each with five different practice pages.

A close-up of the first page in that section....

 A close-up...

A close-up...

And lastly...

Each page comes with an answer key.

This week I have begun teaching the mini-text passages...I began with #1 in Whole Group, working together to find evidence. I'll use #2 in Small Group, providing feedback and coaching. Some groups will also have #3 in Small Group. I'll try #4 as homework and then give #5 independently is a mini-assessment...

I'll follow a similar plan with the other sections and I'm hoping this will majorly bump my kids up on their final MAP test in a few weeks since they'll be so attentive to the text! (crosssssssing fingers!)

If you use it, I'd sooooo love to hear from you on how it's going! I'm always, always, always open to feedback and suggestions. Feel free to shoot me an email at growingfirsties@gmail.com with your questions & suggestions!

GIVEAWAY....I'd love to give away a copy of Finding Proof to one of you! If you'd like it, please leave a comment on Kelly's blog....she'll choose a winner soon. :)

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  1. Would love to win a copy! The packet looks great for meeting those standards!


  2. This is so beneficial, as our reading series (grrr...) gives tests where all you have to do is skim for a key word and copy. Which defeats the purpose of reading carefully (heck, you wouldn't even NEED to read the selection) and forming an answer based on that.

    Hope you choose really soon, as this is on my wishlist for the big sale, but I would love to win it!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  3. I'd love to win this. It would be perfect to try out at the end of this year when I have a lot of stuff packed up, but I still want them to think so their brains don't turn to mush, yet.

  4. I've always loved Lisa's packs so I hope to win this one! :)


  5. I am reviewing this with kiddos. This would be fabulous to use in my room! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  6. This looks like a great resource for teaching important skills. Good luck on the MAP test. We have happily finished for this year.

  7. This looks awesome! If I don't win it I will def. have to buy it!!

  8. Your new pack looks great! I would love to have it for my classroom. Thanks for sharing it in this giveaway!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  9. Excellent post!!! I would love to win any of Lisa's products! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

  10. Great to see you on here, Lisa! Hugs and love, girl! xo

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  11. What a great guest post! My smartie first graders are definitely ready for Lisa's "Finding Proof" pack. And how psyched will those 2nd grade teachers be with their awesome reading skills and strategies?!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  12. More fab resources from one heck of a fab first grade teacher!
    Love it!

  13. looks like an awesome resource!


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