Category Archive: Printables

Aug 14

The Secret Garden – Chapter 4 Martha

  The audio file for Chapter 4 “Martha” is 30 minutes 32 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 4 Martha When she opened her eyes in the morning it was because a young housemaid had come into her room to light the fire and was kneeling on the hearth-rug raking out the cinders …

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Aug 10

Four Corners – A Teaching Strategy

What is Four Corners? Four Corners is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to discuss controversial topics. The teacher asks students a question or provides a debatable statement. Students then express their opinion to the topic by moving into groups with students who have similar opinions. How to Implement this Strategy The teacher …

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Aug 03

Compare and Contrast Mini Lesson

Compare and Contrast Mini Lesson In Chapter 2 of The Secret Garden, Mrs. Medlock tells Mary about her uncle. Mary is reminded of a French fairly tale called “Riquet a la Houppe.” This fairy tale was new to me, so I investigated. “Riquet a la Houppe” is French for “Ricky of the Tuft.” While reading it, I …

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Jul 31

The Secret Garden – Chapter 2 Mistress Mary Quite Contrary

  The audio file for Chapter 2 “Mistress Mary Quite Contrary” is 15 minutes 0 seconds in length. Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 2 Mistress Mary Quite Contrary Mary had liked to look at her mother from a distance and she had thought her very pretty, but as she knew very little of her she could …

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Jul 24

The Secret Garden – Chapter 1 There is No One Left

  The audio file for Chapter 1 “There is No One Left” is 12 minutes 26 seconds in length.   Handouts The Secret Garden Chapter 1 There is No One Left When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was …

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Jun 01

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3 This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here: Lesson #1 Lesson #2 In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. The Lesson Aladdin Story Included …

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May 29

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Book Activities

  Gregor the Overlander Before she wrote The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins wrote the Underland Chronicles. In the first book of the series is Gregor the Overlander.  Gregor and his baby sister fall through a grate. In just moments, they go from their apartment building in New York City to a fantastical subterranean world. This kingdom, known …

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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 21

The Wild Robot Writing Activities

  The Wild Robot The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. The outcome is a book that is both charming and exciting. There is no question about it; your students will love this book! Writing Ideas for the Book …

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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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