As easy as Pi? Yes, that’s right….. Pi, as in 3.14 and an infinite number of numbers following that 4 in the hundredths place. To celebrate Pi Day on March 14th, I am linking up with my good friends at Upper Grade Memoirs to bring you a bunch of great freebies that will help make your life as a teacher as Easy as Pi!
Informational text is not always a fun thing for my fifth graders. It is a necessary skill, though, so we have to practice reading nonfiction articles on a regular basis. I have had difficulty finding passages that hold my students’ attention. I’m sorry…..but the writers of our reading textbook just do not seem to understand that certain topics, such as oil, do not engage or intrigue 11 year olds. Ughh……
While I know that there are times in life that we must read essential nonfiction text that is as boring as dirt, but I hold strong to the belief that students must first learn to enjoy reading before we teach them to dig down and endure through the drudgery of certain passages.
So, I have been very busy this past year writing a ton of informational passages that are of high interest to intermediate-level students. Each of my Monthly Reading/ELA Resource Packets has 4 passages that relate to special events and days of that particular month.
One passage, “Jellybeans: A Sweet Treat” is my FREE treat for you to help make teaching informational text as “Easy as Pi!” The free download also includes some fun jellybean-themed bookmarks!