Category: Teaching Idea

Four Word Activities with Free Printables

Four Free Fun Word Activity Printables

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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Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy

Four Free Fun Word Wheel Printables

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 wheel. All words must include the center letter of the wheel. Words can be any length. Letters may be repeated or doubled. Encourage students to create long words.
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The People of Sparks Teaching Ideas

The People of Sparks FREE Book Unit Samples

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 of people must learn to get along. Meanwhile Lina takes off in search of her dream city. Continue Reading

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Owl Crafts  to Use with the Novel  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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 the owls’ home. Read the touching and hilarious novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 2 - Free Lesson using the stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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: Continue Reading

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

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for 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.  Continue Reading

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A Long Walk to Water Activities

Word Cloud with Water Facts

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 from home to the pond to fetch water. Continue Reading

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