Project Idea and Text Feature Chart

Hey everyone! I feel like it's been FOREVER since I blogged! I am trying to get all of my parent conferences complete. Hopefully I will have WAY more time to create stuff for you all to use once those are out of the way! 

Over the next week, we are doing a Science and Social Studies combined project to get a major grade in both areas. While I attended the SC Social Studies conference, I heard about this menu idea to give students an alternate and differentiated assessment. Even if you don't teach in South Carolina, you could create your own and adapt it for your own needs! Here is an example...
For those of you who teach in South Carolina and would like a copy of this, please just click the picture above to download it. I included two of the same page so you can print two to a page if you wish. 

For those of you non-SC teachers, you can also download a copy because I have included a blank template page for you so you can adapt it for yourself!

We are also working on non-fiction text features this week so I created this chart for students to use during their independent reading. Each day, we will look at two text or graphic features on the promethean board and then while they read their books, they will fill in the corresonponding sections we worked on with the title of the book and page number they found an example of each feature on. They will also write how it helped them while they were reading. I will take it up for a grade at the end of the week! 

In other news, I am working on a new product that I know I am in desperate need of: The ULTIMATE Early Finisher Pack for Math. It will be Common Core aligned. I am working on the 3-5 version right now and then I will start on the K-2 pack! I plan on using the Common Core standards for each grade level and each CC standard domain as a guide to complete this massive file! 

Eventually I hope to complete one for ELA, Science, and Social Studies as well! Here is a preview!

I have only complete the cover page so far. I am still in the brainstorming phase. I'm trying to figure out what all you would like to see included, so you upper elementary teachers, this is where you come in!

What kinds of activities would you like to see included? For example, Sudoku puzzles and number searches...Games? Practice sheets? etc...

Have a great Sunday!! Who else is excited about The Walking Dead tonight!?  


  1. Oh Ginger, I can't wait for you to finish that packet:) And the Walking Dead...LOVE IT. I just bought the graphic novel book 1 yesterday! It is awesome!

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  2. I love the Menu idea! Thank you for sharing!

    :) Kaitlyn
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  3. You've been boo'd! Go to my blog to see what to do next!
    :) Dana

  4. I can't wait to see your finished packet. I would love for you to include games and activities. Most of my students who finish early don't need any more practice sheets. They also tend to look at them as a "punishment" for finishing early.


  5. The early finishers pack sounds amazing! I can't wait for it!!!! This is every teachers stress..."I'm done what do you want me to do now?" Maybe a list of websites with directions, log-in info so that they could access the computer independently. Also some ideas of independent research projects the students could do...with an open-ended outline for researching. Do you have a gifted teacher in your building/district that you could get idea/resources from? I did this a few years ago it got a lot of ideas. So excited to see the finished product.


  6. The menu is a great idea! Your blog is filled with awesome stuff. Thanks for taking the time to share it. I'm now a follower!

  7. I love your fonts. Thank you for sharing with us. WHAT a CUTE blog you have. Can I ask, what font are you using for your blog posts? It is clean to look at but still has charm! I pinned your blog button. So sweet!

  8. I am always looking for fun project ideas. I love this one :)

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