Category: Book Units

Amal Unbound Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas for Amal UnboundAisha Saeed in her book Amal Unbound tells the fascinating story of a twelve year old girl who becomes a servant for the evil Jawad Sahid, the son of the Khan family. Continue reading

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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

Eleven-year old Hugo holds his little sister Gertie in his arms as they wait to board the Hindenburg. Hugo and his family have lived in Kenya for the past year while his parents who are science professors study the lions in the Thika Valley. Unfortunately, Gertie was bitten by a mosquito and got malaria. Hugo’s family must quickly get back to the states for Gertie to receive treatment. Riding the Hindenburg is the quickest way to travel in 1937. Continue reading

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I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, Lauren Tarshis’s twelfth book in her popular I Survived Series, tackles the Joplin Tornado of 2011. Continue reading

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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871Lauren Tarshis’s eleventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Eleven-year old Oscar lived in Castle, Minnesota with his father and mother. After his father died in a blizzard, Oscar became the ‘man of the house’ looking after the farm. Continue reading

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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Using the Novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to Promote ReadingWelcome to the Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up.

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this spring. Links to all the posts are found at the end of this post. Before you leave, enter the rafflecopter also found at end of this post. The raffle will be open from 4/6/18 (6:00 AM EST) to 4/11/18 at (6:00 AM EST). We are giving away over $600.00 in prizes including an Apple iPad mini WiFi + gift cards for a total of 8 winners. Have a great time exploring our blog posts, and I wish you luck in the raffle!
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The Wild Robot Escapes Activities

The Wild Robot Escapes

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. This sequel beautifully wraps up the story.

Roz works on the Hilltop Farm for the Shareef family. The family needs Roz because Mrs. Shareef died in an accident on the farm, and Mr. Shareef injured his leg. Because Mr. Shareef can no longer do farm work, he scrapes together enough money to purchase a refurbished robot to run the dairy farm. Roz works with the animals and makes sure the equipment runs smoothly, all the while planning an escape to return back to her wild island home.

There is no question about it; your students will love this book! Continue reading

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I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888The Story

Lauren Tarshis’s sixteenth book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Children’s Blizzard. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how John will survive.

John Hale was an eleven-year-old boy whose family had moved from Chicago to Dakota in 1886. They wanted to get the 160 acres of free land promised to settlers in the Homestead Act of 1862. Continue reading

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