Category Archive: Teaching Idea

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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May 15

Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom.  Peter becomes angry that …

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Apr 17

A Long Walk to Water Activities

  A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on a true story. The book tells the stories of Nya who lives in Southern Sudan in 2008 and Salva who lived in Southern Sudan in 1985. Each chapter begins with Nya’s story and jumps to Salva’s story. Ten-year old Nya spends her days walking …

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Mar 02

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Bandwagon

  Last month I created a series of four posts with songs that could be used to teach text structures. Because of the positive comments, I have planned a similar series. This time on persuasive techniques. Each Thursday in March, you can read about one persuasive technique or propaganda device. Posts feature commercial examples for each device. The series …

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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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