Category Archive: Teaching Idea

Feb 09

Teaching Sequencing with Songs

  Last week I posted “Teaching Compare and Contrast with Songs” This week, I’m continuing the series with “Teaching Sequencing with Songs.” I’ve listened to hundreds of songs. In the comment area below, I would love to hear your suggestions. Remember the songs must be classroom friendly. Historical Events One genre to use in the classroom are songs …

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Jan 23

The City of Ember Book Activities

  The city of Ember is dying. Power failures become more frequent and longer. The sky is dark. Outside the city, darkness looms in the Unknown Regions. Lina Mayfleet finds a set of instructions she believes will help her find a way out of the city. Unfortunately, her baby sister finds the instructions first and chews holes …

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Jan 19

Prefix Spinner Game

  Teaching prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This simple game is a great way for students to practice. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for some additional prefix resources to help with you study. Download the game here. Preparation:   Plan for a small group activity. Run off the spinner …

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Jan 16

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Activities

  As Marty walks the hills of Friendly, West Virginia, he runs across a shy beagle pup. The pup follows him home. The two form an immediate friendship. Marty names the pup Shiloh after the place he finds him. He soon learns he must return the dog to its rightful owner, Judd Travers, who is unkind to …

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Jan 05

Genre Flash Cards

  Genre Flash Cards contains 21 pairs (picture cards with matching fact cards) in a ready-to-use printable format. These are a free download at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Ways to Use the Genre Flash Cards Response Cards – The picture cards may be used as response cards. The teacher reads the definition or names a …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Dec 26

Free Teaching Resources to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

  Are you looking for some ideas to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham? This post contains several free teaching resources. The Watsons Go to Birmingham reads almost like a diary detailing interesting events in the lives of what neighbors in Flint, Michigan call the “Weird Watsons.” The story is told from the perspective of …

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Dec 22

Analogy Lesson

  In this post, I am sharing an analogy lesson I created for a planned observation with a class of fourth graders. The lesson went extremely well. Students were on task which really impressed the supervisor. The full lesson can be downloaded for free at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Activity #1 I love using response cards …

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Nov 17

Crossword Puzzle Generators

  Literally billions of crossword puzzles can be found online or in teacher resource books, but they often don’t fit the words you are studying. In this post, I have reviewed six free crossword puzzle generators. I hope these reviews will help you find the site that best fits your needs. Each title is linked …

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Oct 20

Spinning Wheels – A Fun Learning Activity

Spinning Wheels is a fun classroom learning activity that gets students out of their seats and moving around while they master skills. The activity requires students to wear or hold up a card with a word or phrase. Since I use the inexpensive lanyards for grouping students, (You can read about how I group students …

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