Category Archive: Teaching Idea

Feb 01

Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

Pocket Charts   Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see some ideas for …

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Jan 25

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization   This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.  Instructions Click here to download the printable.  Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto …

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Jan 04

Suffix Teaching Activities and Ideas

Suffixes Be sure to check out last week’s post “Prefix Teaching Activities and Ideas.” The prefix post contains some ideas and free printables for teaching suffixes.  Activity #1 – Activity for Google Slides This activity for Google Slides helps students practice using suffixes that change the part of speech in words. This is a “View …

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Dec 28

Prefix Teaching Activities and Ideas

Prefixes The English Language English is a mix of several languages including French, Italian, Greek and Latin, Vietnamese and so on. This makes the number of words linguists estimate the English language to have extremely large —- approximately one million words. About 170,000 of these words are in current use. The average adult English speaker …

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Oct 26

Four Cipher Codes to use when creating Secret Messages

Cipher Codes Using cipher codes is a great way to get reluctant students writing. Present one or more of these cipher codes. Build up the suspense by discussing how spies carried secret assault plans through enemy lines using various codes. Be sure to grab the printable at the bottom of the post. Caesar Cipher Sending coded …

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Oct 05

Four Word Activities with Free Printables

Word Activities Four word activities are explained. At the bottom of the post, you will find a handout link. The handout contains a printable for each activity for you to try each of these activities with your students. These word games will have your students thinking ‘out of the box’ in no time at all. …

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Sep 28

Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy

Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy Who said teaching vocabulary had to be boring? This post contains four word wheel activities for students to enjoy while learning more about words. Word Wheel #1 Set a two minute timer. Have students write down as many real words as they can using only the letters in the …

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Jul 17

The People of Sparks Teaching Ideas

The People of Sparks In The People of Sparks, the sequel to The City of Ember, the Emberites leave their cave home. After journeying for a couple of days, they come to a village called Sparks. Here they find a group of people who although aren’t openly hostile are certainly not welcoming. The two groups …

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Jul 03

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Roy Eberhardt teams with Beatrice and her brother, Mullet Fingers. They wish to stop the Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House Corporation from building a pancake house on a vacant lot. The lot has become home to a group of endangered burrowing owls. The three scheme to prevent the corporation from bulldozing …

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May 25

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2 This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here. In this lesson students are going to do the following: read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse write statements that make connections related to the text …

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