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Instant, Yet Powerful Lesson Plans... Just Print and Teach!

Here are a few things I know about teachers.
1.  They want the absolute BEST for their students.
2.  They want to employ "Best Practices" in their classrooms.
3.  They. Are. Overwhelmed!
4.  Occasionally, they want to go home before 5 pm after school AND they would like to spend their weekends with their families instead of planning.

Does that sound like you?

We have heard from teachers all over the world who feel JUST like you.  Over the years, Deedee Wills and I have developed and refined curriculum that has been tested in our classrooms.  We have seen the power of focused instruction that allows students to develop at their own pace, while providing opportunities for MAGIC!

Writers Workshop

Many years ago, Deedee and I wrote a curriculum for writers workshop. We studied what the experts had to say (Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover) and combined with our own years of experience. Essentially, we taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lessons.  Then we repeated that process for 180 days.  We know writers workshop can feel overwhelming.  We know that some teachers spend HOURS planning and second guessing their instruction.  So we wrote concise, page-long, scripted lessons that support YOU as the teacher AND the students you teach.

We could not have been more thrilled by the results.
Writers workshop Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!

Writers workshop Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
Like I said, everything is planned.  This is the month at a glance page.  But each lesson is filled with easy to use instruction! 
Writers workshop Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
 Then each day is constructed for you ... Just PRINT and TEACH!

Math Workshop

A year later, we were frustrated with our district's math program.  It was undercooked and worksheet ridden.   Yuck!  Students don't learn math with a worksheet!

So we repeated the process.  We looked to the experts (John Van de Walle and Kathy Richardson).  Then we tapped into our own experiences in the classroom.  We taught a day, then went home and wrote out the lessons!
Math Workshop Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
 Our math lessons are FILLED with hands-on learning that is done cooperatively with a partner.  Learning is social and FUN!
Math Workshop Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
 And yes, we did include practice pages!  
Math Workshop Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!

 Guided Reading

Both Deedee and I love teaching reading in a small group.  We know this is one of the most research-based way to differentiate our instruction!  How did we begin?  You got it, we consulted the experts (Jan Richardson and Fountas & Pinnell).  Then based on our own classroom experiences, we sat down and created lessons.
Guided Reading Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
We also wrote texts so you don't have to sell a kidney to get a leveled reading room.  These books are leveled according to guided reading levels.  So students can progress at their own individual pace. 
We included word work... 
AND guided writing activities. 
Guided Reading Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
You can read a detailed blog post on these units over on Deedee's Blog.  She even has a FREE webinar that walks you through the various steps of Guided Reading and sets you up for success!   You can see that post by clicking HERE.

 Reading Comprehension

Boy, howdy... did we need something!  The experts in close reading (Fisher and Frey) lead the way!  We knew that we as teachers could NOT have a deep conversation about books, when the books themselves did not lend themselves to higher order thinking.  So we selected some GREAT books!
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
 We planned each book with questions that would spark meaningful conversations.
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
  We included text detail and retelling cards for almost every book.
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
 Each week, students use these cards to sequence events in the stories we read.
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
And naturally, we wanted students to be able to respond to the text.  Here are some examples of making text connections.
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!

Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
We created rubrics and anchor charts for each reading strategy.  
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!
Some books, like Koala Lou, also include an informational text.  This student wrote an informational text about koalas.   Swoon!
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!

What are teachers saying about these units?

Writing Units

"As an Academic Coach at our Title I school I just want to thank you for creating an excellent writing resource for my K-1 teachers. They are so looking forward to using this resource in our classroom's this year."
 "This Writer's Workshop bundle has been a game changer for me. It is so easy to follow and implement. It's perfect for both "veteran" and new writing teachers. The best thing about starting my year with the bundle is that I have created a kinder class full of kinder kids who LOVE to write!"

Math Units 

"I just wanted to take a minute to let you know something awesome! I work at a small charter school in Columbia, SC. I teach a k/1 multiage class. We are a TAP school--you may not be familiar but basically each year we are given a value added score. It's based on a scale of 1-5. 1 being when students regress, 3 is when they show a years growth and a 5 is showing significant growth. These are based on MAP scores. For the last two years I've been a solid 3 which I was thrilled with! I've been using your Writing Workshop for years and last year I added your Guiding Readers and adjusted your Guiding Firsties math so it could meet the needs of my Kinders as well. I just heard that my last year's value added was a 5!! Thanks so much for developing an awesome curriculum in all areas! I saw my kids grow SO much last year!"

Guided Reading Leveled Texts

"Worth every penny. You will never know how appreciative I am to FINALLY have the help I need with guided reading. This is what I have been needing for eight years!!!"

"I wish I could give a rating higher than A. This product is absolutely amazing. It has transformed how I do guided reading. I highly recommend it for any teacher new to guided reading and those who have done it for years. Guided reading planning and preparation is a breeze and my students are loving the stories and activities. I am so happy with this purchase. Thank you!"

Reading Comprehension

"These lessons perfectly address every need I have to teach guided reading to my first graders. Your extensive attention to detail is untouchable. I teach first grade. I have taught at university and worked for a state department of ed, I highly recommend your work to ANY K-1 teacher. This bundle is exactly what is needed to teach young readers to be successful and excited about reading. I urge primary teachers everywhere to purchase this and see for themselves the magic that happens when it is used in the classroom."

"WOW! We are loving this. My K kids are drawing things about stories that I did not think possible! I have had numerous visitors who cannot believe the conversations that my children are having about the books that we have read - love the quick letter review, my children are so excited to begin blending!"
Writers Workshop, Math Workshop, Guided Reading, and Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Simply Print and TEACH!

We are extremely proud of these units and how they have changed the way teachers teach.  
We want to offer you a special deal... now through March 4th, you can snag these at a significant discount.

Guiding Reading/Leveled Text Bundle 1 and Bundle 2
Reading Comprehension "Guiding Readers"  Bundle 1 and Bundle 2

FREE Curriculum Guide

If you want to learn more about the curriculum map we created (which includes a ton of great free resources and a few sample lessons), you can grab your copy below.



CVC Computer Games! AND MORE

I am so excited to share our latest collaboration!   
Deedee Wills and I have rolled up our sleeves again!  

We created CVC computer games.  

This video will show you how they work.
NOTE:  You need to have PowerPoint in order for these games to run.

In addition to the games, we have lots of fun printables to help you with assessment and instruction. Exit tickets are a great way to monitor and assess your students.  These could be used once the student has completed the game OR they could serve as an assessment.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
We also included a variety of CVC books (one for each vowel).  Each book has three levels of differentiation. 
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 There are two different formats for each of the vowel books so you can select the one that works best for your classroom.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 We also added some puzzles for fun.  These would work well as a center or as part of your small group lessons.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 There is also an interactive notebook option for each vowel.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 Students simply sort the pictures by their vowel sounds.   
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
Click HERE to see this unit.  This unit will remain discounted through Saturday at midnight (CST).

We do not have immediate plans to create a bundle with these games. 

CVC Computer Games! AND MORE

Tacky the Penguin Lesson Plans (plus a free download)

January is such a fun time!  Some of my favorite activities center around January themes!

Several years ago my friend Deedee Wills and I sat down and discussed some of our favorite January read alouds.  Deedee mentioned that she felt as if she was skimming the surface with her read aloud and that she was looking for ways to make her instruction more intentional.  She felt like she was bouncing from one idea to another and not going deep enough.  Does this sound like you?

What we came up with was Guiding Readers.  This transformed her classroom!   Now 2 years later, I'm reaping the benefits of these units that we created in my own classroom.  We also love hearing how other classrooms were transformed.   Listen to this sweet feedback:

“I used one of [your] lessons for my observation a few weeks ago and scored the highest possible rating you can get in my state. My principal LOVED it. I normally do these units, so my kids really rocked it. Thank YOU! You have totally changed my classroom. Teaching is fun again, and my kids are exceeding my expectations!!!!”

When asked if we could share her testimonial, this is now she responded:

“Absolutely yes! And use my whole name if you want to! I feel very strongly about the quality of your reading units! They ROCK! They really can change the way you teach. My biggest eye opener was that my students are capable of so much more then I gave them credit for. They know what an inference is. They can use a Venn diagram. Of course, there are varying levels of readiness, but the presentation of your reading units allow for differentiation. They really move kids along! And did I mention the fun? Thank you again!”

Thank you, Betsy Walsh, for making our day!

A glimpse inside

Each week we focus on one read aloud, and we read it multiple times.  Each day we focus on a different reading comprehension strategy as we peel back the text and go deeper.

For Tacky the Penguin, we start the week with making predictions.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

On the second day, we work on recalling text details and retelling the story.  Students work together to put the story in the correct order.
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
Once the story is in the correct order, the students practice retelling the story orally with their partner.  They can use the class display to support them if necessary.    Then students create their own retelling strip!
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
We also work on unpacking the vocabulary of the text.  This was the word companion.
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
With this book, we worked on making connections (plus a cute craft).

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
I am a good artist because I like art.
We infer!
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
Yes, because Tacky saved the day.  It was good.  He was glad.
And naturally, we offer our opinions!
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
I liked it when he gave him a good slap on the back because it was funny.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
I like the end part because of how they loved Tacky.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
I liked when he was an odd bird because it was funny.

Want to try it for FREE?

We created a free version of our Guiding Readers for the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.  You can grab your copy by looking at the end of this post.
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.

You can find all of our Guiding Readers resources by clicking HERE.
Winter close reading with your favoite books.  Perfect for kindergarten and first grade.  Reading comprehension, opinion writing and more.  Tacky the Penguin and FREE lesson plans for The Mitten by Jan Brett.
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