Bees That Buzz-Freebie

Is there anything better than the Springtime? Yes, summer vacation, but for the moment the world is blossoming and so are our students!!! Bees are fascinating to children, thus making them the PERFECT material for reading, writing, close reading questions, and smart art!


The Passages and Quizzes: The beautiful thing about these passages is that I have provided 3 different formats for you to choose from.

  • Grid and numbers for Fluency Drills
  • Numbers with no Grid for Fluency Drills
  • Full Sized Fluency Grid
  • No Grid, No numbers perfect for Close reading or 2nd grade reading comprehension
  • I have written a test and formatted it in 2 ways for comprehension/ science grade or close reading.


Writing prompt, 4 thinking maps, samples, and lined pages


My favorite part…. the Smart Art. I made it smart art by having the kids write bee verbs on the lines. This year my grade level switched it up and had the kids do a math fact family on the lines so you have that option too. One of my teammates,  had mentioned our bees need to be scientifically correct with a thorax, so now we have a thorax option as well! I personally like the no-thorax-verbs-version I have used for the last 5 years, but hey, who does not like options!!! I say make it work for you!


As a tiny bonus, I added links to You Tube Videos. I know some of you cannot log onto You Tube at school. I think kids need to see little clips of the real world in action! So if you are lucky enough to be able to log onto You Tube, I like these videos. Please preview before showing, you know I cannot control the ads placed on You Tube {inset sad face}.


My grade level was asked by our district to create a performance assessment that would serve as an “exit exam” for 1st grade. We divided and conquered this task. I was in charge of creating a passage that was about a RR 16, Level H/I, and Grade level 2.0 with questions to test comprehension.  It’s a freebie for you!!! Enjoy my loves!Busy Bees Freebie From Teacher to the Core- Enjoy

Download now newIf you would like to buy this unit it is on TpT. You can click {here} or click any of the images below.

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If you have purchased the Spring Into Fluency unit below, then you already own this! I just added it to the bundle! If you want to save some money, then buy this bundle. It’s the steal of the century!

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  1. I can't get the freebie to download? Looks cute, though....:)

    1. Now it works...thanks so much! :)

  2. There is no link to your freebie. Kudos to you and your grade level!

  3. Thank you! I got it, and it will be great for beginning of my year next year! (2-3 combo)

  4. Katie, The passage is perfect and I appreciate a choice is the type of assessment. It helps me differentiate. Thank You:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  5. Katie, this looks fantastic! That craftivity is adorable! This is already in my cart! :)

  6. You rocked this out! I love all of it. Teachers can download You Tube videos at home and save them on their desktop for classroom use. (Shhhhhh it is a teacher secret).

  7. Wow! Looking good! My students love learning about bees!

  8. So glad I bought this bundle at the get-go, as it just keeps getting better and better. (Not sure how that works, exactly, since I thought the first units were fantastic!) Thank you so much!

  9. These are fabulous materials! I love your graphic style and your layout of all the items your unit has to offer!

  10. Thanks for linking up - this looks AMAZING! :)


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