digital text

ELA: Mother’s Day

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What a busy week! Teacher Appreciation, School Nurse Day, and Mother’s Day all packed into one. Check out this video produced by HarperCollins Publishers. It features some of our students’ favorite authors thanking their moms!

HarperCollins also has a great collection of Mother’s Day books and resources on their Pinterest Board.


ELA: Sample Performance Task Questions

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Looking for a few sample Performance Task questions? Try this site suggested by Prairie View teacher Tammy Gay during this morning’s session on Digging Into Informational Text!


The Reading & Writing Project is a collaborative project that provides teachers with tools designed to help students become skilled readers, writers, and thinkers. It is headed by Lucy Calkins, a respected reading researcher and author.

As part of the Reading & Writing Project, Teachers College at Columbia University created a bank of ELA performance task questions for the State of New York. A large bank of questions is available by grade level and most of the tasks include digital videos, photographs, informational text, paired text, and rubrics. This is a great resource for high-quality digital text!

Performance tasks on this site are also perfect for first and second grade teachers looking to introduce these skills to students for the first time. Sample performance task items are currently available for K-8.

To access the performance tasks click on – RESOURCESASSESSMENTSPERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS. Then choose a school year and grade.

Know another great resource? Let me know!jennifer-signature

ELA: Informational Text Sources for February

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Need leveled informational text sources? Try these four sites for free reading materials for students K-12!


Newsela: (Must create a free account to view resources.) Change Lexile range of each article using the toolbar on the right hand side of the screen.

Library of Congress:

Discovery Education: (Must sign-in to view resources.)