Do you struggle to find age-appropriate materials that are at the right academic level and age-appropriate for your self-contained classroom? Is everything you do find either too difficult for your students or styled with images that have a babyish feel?
However, most materials that are age-appropriate and often too difficult for our students require hours of adapting.
Look no further: Our Level B Made For Me Literacy aims to change that. By investing in age-appropriate clip art, high-quality stock photo subscriptions, and selecting topics on par with grade-level curriculums, we take lesson planning to a whole new level.
4-Week Lesson Plans
Our pre-prepared monthly plans take the headache out of lesson planning. With a day-by-day format, we’ve got four weeks of literacy content planned for you!
Read-Alouds and Graphic Organizers
While we’ve kept many of the same components as our previous Level B bundles, many items have had a significant update. Our beloved story map is included, but the less cutesy version is perfect for older students! Our read-alouds contain adapted story pieces and digital and printable comprehension assessments.
We’ve also included some excellent graphic organizers to help tie in important literary concepts such as sequencing, facts and opinions, and problem and solution.
This month’s texts include:
Penguins by Kate Riggs
A Penguin Story by Antionette Portis
There’s no shortage of anchor charts in this bundle! Whether you print and assemble them as a whole group or use the digital version on Google Slides, we’ve got everything you need for these hands-on lessons!
This month’s anchor charts include:
- Class Graphs Students will love polling the class and marking their answer choices on our fun class graph anchor chart.
- Life Cycles: Life cycles are always a hit with students! Follow along the life cycles of our favorite flightless birds.
- Penguin Diagram: Practice labeling skills as students label the anatomy of their penguins.
- Little Penguin Poem: Read our little penguin poem and sequence the events using visuals.
- Penguin Learning: Sort the vocabulary into what penguins “can” and “can’t do,” “do” and “don’t have,” and “are” and “are not.”
- Penuign Vocabulary: Practice key vocabulary terms with this real-picture vocabulary anchor chart
Easy Art + Writing
Okay, we get it. The term “crafts” is often associated with preschool activities. But as with most of our Level C bundle, we’ve given these classroom staples a major upgrade, making them more age-appropriate for older students. With step-by-step visual directions, students can follow along as a whole group or practice these skills independently!
This month’s crafts and writing includes:
- Let it Snow: Easy art – collage activity.
- Parts of a Penguin: Easy art- cut out and label activity.
- Penguin: Directed drawing and a class book page.
- If We Were Penguins: – Creating a class book.
- Penguin Learning – Collage, cut, and sort activity.
- Puffy Paint Iceburgs: Make your very own puffy paint and add the cut and color penguins!
- All About Penguins Flip Book:
Centers & Digital PDFs
To help students practice independent skills, we’ve included eight task boxes, eight file folders, and eight digital centers which can be accessed as Boom Cards or as an interactive PDF).
Every activity includes an expansion activity or higher-level task.
This month’s printable centers include:
- Shape Match Task Boxes
- Shape Names File Folders
- Fishy Subtraction Task Boxes
- Vocabulary Posters
- Opposites File Folders
- Mystery Sight Words Task Boxes
- Short e-Word File Folders
- Same & Different Task Boxes
- Short a CVC File Folders
- Comparing Numbers File Folders
This month’s digital centers include:
- Which One is Different?
- Ten Frames
- Short Words
- Penguin Vocabulary
- Shape Match
Skill Practice Worksheets
We’ve invested in some more age-appropriate clip art for all of these skill practice worksheets. So not only are they more challenging concepts than our previous Level B units, but we also have the clip art to match.
The no-prep worksheets are already differenciated, with two levels of difficulty. In addition, they help to develop fine motor skills as students practice cutting with scissors and using appropriate amounts of glue.
Visual and Sensory Recipes and Science Experiments
We love visual recipes! Not only are they super motivating for students, but they also provide opportunities to focus on many important skills, such as following directions, counting, speech and language skills, math, science, and so much more!
This month’s recipes and experiments include:
- Blubber Experiment: Discover how different icy water feels when you have bare hands instead of a warm “blubber” glove.
- Fake Snow: Create a fake snow winter wonderland and help your penguins explore!
- Penguin Cookies: A tried-and-true favorite, this Oreo penguin recipe is a huge win!
- Frozen Penguins: Create frozen penguin balls and enjoy exploring in the firefly sensory bin.