Resources for teachers


    Cool Math 4 Kids Manipulatives

    *ten frames

    *base ten blocks

    *number lines

    *pattern blocks


    The Math Learning Center- Math apps


    *number frames

    *number lines


    *pattern shapes

    *money pieces

    *and more



    Mrs. Begay's class






    Summarizing requires students to determine what is important in what they are reading and to put it into their own words. Instruction in summarizing helps students:
    1. Identify or generate main ideas
    2. Connect to the main or central ideas
    3. eliminate unnecessary information
    4. Remember what they read

    Links to Summarizing Strategies

    Outline for students to summarize Informational Text


    Quick Summarizing Strategies to use in the Classroom


    Graphic and Semantic Organizers

    Graphic and Semantic Organizers help readers focus on concepts and how they are related to other concepts.

    1. focus on similarities and differences

    2. examine relationships

    3.organize in order to write summaries

    Venn Diagram

    Central Idea: Finding and Evaluating Supporting Details

    Chain of Events

    Cause and Effect Star Chart

    Cause and Effect: Events and Consequences

    Cause and Effect - Harringbone

    ABC Brainstorming

    Use this graphic organizer to activate background knowledge. Have students write down words or phrases associated with a particular topic. Consider having students work with a partner or group.

    Word Chart

    This graphic organizer allows students to explore important information about a particular word or concept by identifying the definition, characteristics, examples, and non-examples.



    By generating questions, students become aware of whether they can answer the questions and if they understand what they are reading. Students learn to ask themselves questions that require them to combine information from different segments of text. 

    Question Creation Chart

    This graphic organizer can help both students and teachers generate questions that range from factual to higher-level synthesis and application questions. The farther down and to the right you go, the more complex the question.

    Think-Pair-Share Chart

    This graphic organizer allows students to record their individual responses to questions or prompts. After discussion with a partner, students can note what their partner thought. Together they can then decide what they will share with the group. It is particularly useful for brainstorming, content review, and generating responses to critical-thinking questions. Think-Pair-Shares allow students “think time” to process their own thoughts before sharing with a partner or group.


    Question-Answer-Relationship or QAR Strategy

    QAR encourages students to be active, strategic readers of texts. QAR outlines where information can be found "In the Text" or "In my Head." It then breaks down the actual question-answer relationships into four types: Right There, Think and Search,Author and Me, and On My Own.

    Question-Answer-Relationships (QAR)

    QAR Question Prompts