Hello, I'm Ciera!​

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winter sports

Winter Sports Mentor Texts

Winter is such a unique and special time of year, that is if you live somewhere to experience it. 😉  But still, the magic of winter comes each year and with it brings unique opportunities that only winter can provide.  Winter sports, such as skiing, ice skating, hockey, and many more are traditional winter sports.  They are so popular that they are celebrated in competition every 4 years in the Winter Olympics!  Students from California to Virginia should get the experience of learning about these unique sports.  I’ve gathered some of my favorite winter sports mentor texts to share with you! (This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  This means that Amazon sends me a little pocket change, at no cost to you, if you purchase

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Constructed Response Tips and Tricks

Answering questions about a text is an obvious way to assess a student’s comprehension.  Some of those questions will be more surface-level questions and hopefully, some will be deeper, more complex questions.  But another way to really see not only what a student comprehends from a text, but also how he/she can apply that knowledge and information to their own lives is to teach constructed response.  Also known as a written response, a constructed response is basically giving students a prompt that relates back to the text.  Students respond to the prompt by writing out a longer answer than a typical comprehension question.  Let’s dive into some tips and tricks on how to help teach this important concept! Constructed response questions are typically found in

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