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Take Five If you haven’t had success with peer editing and revising strategies in the past, give this one a try:

• First, a peer editor/reviser will count the number of words in the first five sentences of another student’s paragraph and record those numbers above each finger.

• Next, the first word of each sentence will be listed inside each finger.

• Then, a short reflection will be added to the palm of the hand.

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As you can see, a quick glance at the completed Take Five task sheet will show the student author that a sentence or two should be revised since three of the five sentences start with the same word.

The student author may consider shortening one or two sentences in order to add a little sentence variety to the piece as well.

It’s as easy as that.

This handy, multi-purpose, formative assessment tool also serves double duty by providing teachers with a visual springboard to use during writing conferences.

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Three Incredible Nonfiction Resources


Nonfiction Sites Every Teacher Should Know About

Nonfiction texts allow readers to experience the amazing wonders of our world. When teachers help students become more proficient nonfiction readers, they are training young minds to read more deeply, to ask more relevant questions, and to come to a better understanding of the world in which they live. And since research indicates that 85% of the material adults read every day is nonfiction, it is important for teachers to show students how to embrace and decode this genre. Here are a few sites that will make nonfiction lessons fun for students to try and easy for teachers to implement.

Site #1: NEWSELA
Why? Newsela writers rewrote each article so that teachers can differentiate assignments and assessments. Users simply change the lexile levels of articles and quizzes on the right sidebar.

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Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with daily news that’s always relevant. With one mouse click, the architects of this site make it easy for an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student. Some of the articles include common-core-aligned quizzes as well. (Link: https://newsela.com/)

Site #2: WONDEROPOLIS
Why? This site is downright fun! And what makes it even better is that every multi-disciplinary, high-interest article and video aligns to the Common Core State Standards, the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and the Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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Wonderopolis features a Wonder of the Day. Each day, an intriguing question is posed and then explored in a variety of ways. Word challenges, audio options, and comprehension checks are included with each daily article. (Link: http://wonderopolis.org/about/)

Site #3: READWORKS
Why? Lessons, evidence-based question sets and complete units are downloadable for free.

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ReadWorks provides authentic, core-aligned, research-based units for grades K-8.  This user-friendly site makes it easy for teachers to locate, print, and download stimulating fiction and nonfiction resources by 1) subject area, 2) grade level or 3) lexile level. ReadWorks does require each teacher to provide an email addresses in order to download and print from this site.( Link: http://www.readworks.org/)

So there you have it: Three nonfiction sites that will engage students and delight teachers.

Recommended book of graphic organizers for nonfiction reading and informational writing (Link: http://bit.ly/1tw5EaL):

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