Race Strategy for Better Open-Ended Question Answers

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Answering open-ended response questions is an important task and often difficult for students.  To help my students answer open-ended questions we use the RACE strategy. 

Steps to the RACE Strategy: 

  • First students restate the question,
  • Then answer the question, 
  • Next, find evidence from the text to support their answer, 
  • Lastly, they explain how the evidence supports their response. 

I have seen such significant growth since we began using the RACE strategy. 

You can download a free copy of the RACE Strategy posters with examples to use in your classroom or home by clicking here or on the picture. The posters have an example of each step and a completed response using the RACE Strategy. 

The posters are color-coded to help students see each step. To help students who are struggling still, I will suggest they highlight each section. That usually helps them to see they are missing something. 
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below! 

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Fluency Assessment Practice and Additional TN 2nd Grade Assessment Resources

In Tennessee, the second grade assessment will include a fluency section aligned to Tennessee standard 2.RF.4.a: (RF) Reading Foundational Skills.  To help 2nd grade teachers, I have created several practice assessments as well as shared some much-needed information below.

Practice: Click here or on the picture to download the practice fluency set.

Read aloud directions for teachers:  “Here are 20 sentences. Read each sentence and ask yourself: Is this sentence true? Mark YES or NO to answer the question for each sentence. Do not start until I say “Go.” Do as many as you can before I say “Stop.”

Testing Format for TN 2nd Grade Fluency Section Assessment: Students will have a set of twenty sentences in their test booklets, varying in length from four to eight words (four each with four, five, six, seven, and eight words per sentence). Each sentence includes words that are at or below the second grade reading level. Each sentence is structured to present a statement that is easily recognizable as true or not true. Students will have one minute to read the sentences and mark YES or NO as directed

Additional TN 2nd Grade Assessment Resources: 

Thank you for reading. Please comment below if you have any questions or need additional resources.


Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Freebie

  It’s that time of year when we start thinking about reviewing for our yearly testing. Instead of mind-numbing practice tests, I have been working on activities to review when the snow finally melts, and we go back. Subject-verb agreement is a skill students need lots of review.

Subject-Verb Agreement Practice

               I’ve created 30 sentence strips that have a sentence with either correct or incorrect subject-verb agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement Practice
I will cut each sentence out and then laminate them. After that, I will attach a magnet to each strip. I’m lucky, and I have a magnetic whiteboard in my classroom. I’ve listed below how I’m going to use them in my room, but you can use them in many different ways.

Correct or Incorrect Activity: 

  1. Review subject-verb agreement and review a few examples
  2. Make a t-chart on the board with a correct and incorrect section.
  3. Give each student, at least, one sentence strip. 
  4. Give students two minutes to attach their sentence to the correct part of the t-chart.
  5. Discuss the sentences in the correct section of the t-chart. 
  6. Split the class into groups. 
  7. Then give the groups about five minutes to correct the incorrect sentences. 
  8. Then ask groups to share how and why they fixed the sentence. 

      Hope everyone can find a use for these subject-verb agreement sentence strips. Click here to download them.  I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to subject-verb agreement resources. Check out the board here. Since I’m snowed in, I’ll be working on more activities and sharing them. 


Memes To Introduce Rules with a Freebie

     My first day of school is tomorrow! I’ll be posting my classroom reveal tomorrow. Tonight I have my classroom rules Power Point to share with you. I have a collection of memes on Pinterest that you can find here. I’m using some of those memes to introduce my class rules.

      The Power Point has 13 slides, but you can edit it after you download it. Click here to download for free! Good luck to all of my readers that return to school tomorrow and next week.


5 Favorite Freebies on TPT & a Giveaway


      My cart is getting pretty full of items that I’m planning to buy before school starts. While I was filling my cart I found some awesome freebies I wanted to share with all my readers.

Non-Fiction Text Features Posters
The first freebie comes from Primary Punch. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it. 
I have.. Who has? Prefixes (pre, re, un, im)
This freebie is from The Center Based Classroom. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.
Figurative Language Puzzles {FREEBIE}
This freebie is from The Brown Bag Teacher. Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.
Three Fact and Opinion Games with Recording Sheets
This freebie is from The Classroom Game Nook.  Click the picture to head to TPT to download it.
Close Reading Freebie
The last freebie is from Rachel LynetteClick the picture to head to TPT to download it.

    Be sure to enter to win a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card. 


Back to School Freebies: Point of View Pronoun Sort

I am joining Teacher’s Take Out for a Back to School Linky Party! I’ve created a Point of View Pronoun sort. I laminate the sorting mat and cut and laminate all the pronouns. I use these in small group. I time the students and then they try to beat their time. They really enjoy it.  Click on the image to download your freebie. Then head over to the linky to grab some more freebies! 
I have reached 100 followers on my Facebook page. To celebrate I’m giving away a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Card to enter click here


Freebie Friday….Contraction I Have…Who Has Cards

 Freebie FridayTeaching blogs share freebies all the time and at Teaching Blog Addict, we give you the place to find them all in one spot! Be sure to come back each week to see what's new! Find free downloads and teacher resources for kindergarten, first grade ,second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade.
      I am joining Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. After you finish grabbing my freebie from my blog be sure to head over and check out some other great blogs. Also, I’m always looking for new freebies to create. If there is something you need, feel free to comment below! 
My freebie is a contraction I have…Who has set! Click the picture to download!


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