Expanding Bundles

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in comprehension, Uncategorized | 1 comment

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.

– Tecumseh

Recently I noticed a new type of product being offered on TpT. The seller, Primary Techie, calls it an expanding bundle. She starts selling the bundle before all of the items are posted. The price of the bundle  increases as more items are added. The sooner you purchase, the lower your price. You can get all the new items by uploading the new file. You need to follow the seller, because when a new component is added as a separate product you will get an email. Then you will know to check the bundle for additional items.

She says she learned about expanding bundles from another seller on TpT. I have searched but haven’t found any others. Perhaps they call them something different. Let me know if you know of or discover some. I would love to follow them.

Here’s a link to Primary Techie’s bundles;


I love her work and unique teaching ideas, especially the WTC (Watch, Think, Color) products.

Expanding Bundles

I have created an expanding bundle for this year’s Bluebonnet Book Award Nominees. In Texas the librarians choose 20 books for grades 3 – 6 to enjoy. If the students read at least 5 of the books by the voting date, usually in late January, they get to vote for the winner. Even if you aren’t from Texas, you may be interested in these reading comprehension quizzes. The books are all current trade books that many teachers have or will have in their classrooms.

Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton

Barnum’s Bones by Tracey Fern

10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits

Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan

Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Jangles: A BIG Fish Story by David Shannon

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Paradeby Melissa Sweet

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Bluebonnet Books Expanding Bundle



This convenient product will help you  ensure that students are reading and comprehending the new Bluebonnet books for this year. The bundle is a simple solution to running a powerful  Bluebonnet program this year.

This product currently contains 5 of the 20  reading comprehension quizzes that I will be posting for the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominees for the 2013 – 2014 school year. I am selling the individual quizzes for $1.00 each. The bundle currently costs $4.50. If you buy it now you will have eventually (before summer is over is my plan)  all 20 titles!

A really compelling reason to buy now is that as I finish reading each book and creating its quiz, I will add  it to this bundle and raise the price. The price of the bundle will increase as more books are added. The sooner you purchase, the lower your price. You will get all the new books by uploading the new file. Be sure to follow me on TpT so that you get each new product notice and will know when the new books are available!

You will be purchasing this bundle at a significant savings over the listed individual titles. But even better, you will be able to get all of the additional titles at NO ADDITIONAL cost!

Each title includes:

A book summary so that you can be familiar with the texts of all of the books.

16 – 20 Question Reading Comprehension Quiz with questions covering characters, setting, problem, plot, genre, text features, and theme.

A time-saving answer key is provided allowing you to check for student comprehension without reading the entire set of 20 books.

Well, what do you think of expanding bundles? I am trying to decide if this work work for more of my products.



One Comment

  1. Hello Ann!
    I am visiting you from my TPT post in the forum. Your blog is very cute and I am already finding so many new ideas.

    I had not heard of expanding bundles before, but I like the idea. I will have to be on the lookout for some (or maybe make some of my own)!

    Hanging Out in First!

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