Category Archive: Anchor Charts

Feb 06

The Whipping Boy Activities

  Prince Horace, nicknamed Prince Brat, constantly creates mischief. But because of the custom of the time, he does not receive punishment. A whipping boy steps in to receive the whipping. Prince Horace becomes bored with his circumstances, so he forces his whipping boy Jemmy to run away for a little adventure. The two are soon …

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Dec 15

Reference Materials Mini Lesson

  This free Reference Materials Mini Lesson contains three activities designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.  Activity #1 In the first activity, students create a foldable graphic …

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Nov 07

The One and Only Ivan Setting Activity

  If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, you are in for a real treat. The story is told from the perspective of Ivan, a silver back gorilla in a journal-like format.  The reader learns about Ivan’s past through flashbacks, his struggles in the present living in the small confined cage at the …

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Nov 03

Text Structures ~ Problem and Solution Teaching Materials

  My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I thought that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for this skill, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found. Here …

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Sep 22

Text Structures ~ Ordering

  Sequencing Activity Instructions: 1. Print the cards (Full color and black line cards are available.) onto card stock or heavy weight paper. Laminate for repeated use. 2. Place students into small groups or with partners. 3. Provide each group with one set of cards. 4. Each student will randomly order the cards and then …

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Sep 15

Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart

  This text structures anchor chart has been one of the most popular anchor charts at Book Units Teacher. Because of this, I have decided to provide printables, so you can quickly create your own text structures anchor chart. Here is what the completed anchor chart will look like. Both color and black line illustrations …

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Sep 08

Three Anchor Chart Opportunities

    I hope your school year is off to a great start! I know how busy everyone is at this time of year, so I’ll keep this short as possible. #1 ~ 100+ Anchor Charts for Inspiration I am constantly amazed at how much students learn from anchor charts. These colorful, to-the-point classroom displays …

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Sep 01

Free Activities for Greek and Latin Roots

  Teach students Greek and Latin roots with short [10-minute] daily activities. The Routine Monday [Day 1] Introduce the “Root Word of the Week” by using the anchor chart. Students complete the first page of their practice booklet by writing the meaning of the root word and listing words containing the root during the discussion. Tuesday …

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Aug 18

Teaching Humor Devices

Understanding humor devices will not only improve students’ writing skills and comprehension, but will help students understand how to respond in social situations. Lessons This lesson focuses on three humor devices: An understatement is when something is stated or presented with modesty or restraint, as to create a subtle or ironic effect. A hyperbole is an obvious …

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May 19

Teaching Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

One important skill for fourth and fifth graders is to know the differences in firsthand and secondhand accounts. This skill is not difficult for students to understand with a little practice. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.6 …

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