Try it Free Tuesday {Close Reads}

Thanks for stopping by week two of Try it Free Tuesday 2014!
Each Tuesday this summer, I will be featuring a product or two that you are able to try out for FREE!
The products will be available for free for one day only! Of course, you will be able to purchase them on TpT after that.
{button by the fabulous Lyndsey Kuster}

I'm so very excited to share all of these awesome products with you!

Today I have an awesome product to share with you from one of my very best blogging besties, Tara from Little Minds at Work.
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Tara lives and teaches in a small Missouri town.  This will be her fifth year teaching Kindergarten.  Her heart truly is for her sweet, little Kindergartners!  They have a love for school, learning new things, and most importantly...their teacher!  This past year she started doing close reads during her whole-class reader's workshop time.  After the first week she knew she had found something great!  Every week the kids would get SO excited for the latest close read, and honestly they never tired of looking at the same book for the week... it was actually fun for them! She is really passionate about close reading and thankful for Miss Kindergarten giving her the chance to share it with her fabulous fans!

Today, Tara is offering a week's worth of close reads for free! Tara is pretty much the queen of kindergarten close reads. She has got it down!

Tara explains, close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get a week's worth of explicit close read lesson plans. There are 5 days of lesson plans for each week. The weeks follow the same format for ease of teaching. 

Day 1: Cold Read
Day 2: Introduce Unknown Vocabulary
Day 3: Students answer text-dependent questions
Day 4: Students work collaboratively on an essential question
Day 5: Students take their knowledge of the close read to a cumulative writing activity

This week will focus on the book Each Kindness.

Each kindness makes the world a little better

This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.

If you've been itching to try close reading with your class, nows the time! Download this amazing freebie today, July 8th ONLY! Be sure to tell your friends before time runs out!
And come back next week to download some great products from some of my favorite bloggers!

18 comments

  1. This is *brilliant*! Thanks for the freebie!

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  2. Close reads are a valuable asset to a balanced literacy program. Smiles and stop by anytime.

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  4. Thanks so much! I've been interested in close reading for awhile and this freebie will be a huge help! I have a question though. We were told by someone at one point, that if you miss a day in the close reading (for example, no school on Tuesday) that you have to go back and start all over. Is that true? It doesn't make very much sense to me to do that but that's what we were told by 'someone who knows'.

    My Kinder-Garden

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    1. Hi Crystal- Tara West here...I don't think that it is necessary to completely start over each day. Naturally during a close read lesson each day I will "review" what we've learned so far for the week. I think a simple.."Remember on Monday we were learning about..." would be sufficient. Hope that helps! :)

      Tara

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    2. Thank for answering Tara! I was really interested in close reading but really turned off by her insistence that it had to be started over if you missed a group!

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  5. I have been wanting to try close reading in my Kindergarten class! This is just the thing to get me started ... Thanks!

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  6. This is such a gift! I teach first grade, but can see it working very well with my class. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely put your other close reads on my wish list!
    Julie
    heyjbales@sbcglobal.net

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  7. Is this used instead of a curriculum, or with a curriculum? This looks way better than my curriculum last year, but with my schedule last year, there wouldn't have been time to do both. Just curious :)

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    1. Hi there Aubrey- Tara West here...I think this question would depend on what your district is asking of you. I personally think that close reads are WAY more beneficial than what is found in a reading series. Usually in a reading series you read a book once and put it away...the students are learning, but could you do more with that one book? Yes! If you are limited to a reading series you could write your own close read lesson plans using their books. You could also try these close read lessons during your small group time! Hope that helps :)

      Tara

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  8. Yeah!!! I read a previous post about this book and want to buy it. I can't wait to try this out with my kinders!!

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  9. I can seriously do this with my second and third graders at the beginning of the year. Thank you!

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  10. Really excited to try this. Thanks for giving me the push to try.

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  11. This is great! Thank you very much for sharing!

    Camp Kindergarten

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  12. Thank you for the freebie! I wanted to learn more about Close Reading and this is a good start.

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  13. Thank you, Tara!! And...thank you, Hadar, for hosting this fabulous weekly event!!! Close Reading is the MAIN THING that I want to get better at this year!
    Thank you for your help!

    Carrie
    i Heart Second

    The Think Aloud Cloud

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  14. I want to echo many of the other commenters...Thanks for sharing! I've heard a lot about close reading this year, but wasn't exactly sure what it looked like...especially in a K classroom. This post and your freebie have been really helpful. Thanks!

    -Amanda
    Kindergarten Teacher at the Wheel

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  15. Missed out on the freebie! Really learning how to do close reads in my kindergarten. Hoping to see something like this again soon! abagley@westwarwicpublicschools.com
    Amanda

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