Category Archive: Printables

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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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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Dec 29

Expanding Vocabulary

  When students use the same tired words over and over, their writing becomes dull. The Internet is full of lists you can provide students; however, students learn by creating their own “Wow Word” lists.  First, decide what you wish to call overused words: Dead Words Other Ways to Say … Worn Out Words Use …

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Dec 26

Free Teaching Resources to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

  Are you looking for some ideas to use with The Watsons Go to Birmingham? This post contains several free teaching resources. The Watsons Go to Birmingham reads almost like a diary detailing interesting events in the lives of what neighbors in Flint, Michigan call the “Weird Watsons.” The story is told from the perspective of …

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Dec 15

Reference Materials Mini Lesson

  This free Reference Materials Mini Lesson contains three activities designed to help students determine which reference materials are needed to locate specific types of information. The lesson goes over six types of reference materials. These include dictionaries, thesauri, manuals, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.  Activity #1 In the first activity, students create a foldable graphic …

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Oct 17

Teaching Out of My Mind Book by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is an amazing story about an eleven year old girl with cerebral palsy. Although Melanie is extremely bright, her physical limitations prevents her from communicating. With this activity, students can experience some of the frustration Melanie has when she tries to let others know what she needs.  Activity: …

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Oct 10

Esperanza Rising Character Trait Cards

Students will enjoy making these character trait cards. The cards may be turned into an interactive notebook page using the two included pockets. Once students write a brief description of each character, they sort the cards by where the characters were born: Mexico or the United States. This is a great way to help students …

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Sep 26

Summarizing Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Summarizing Booklets In this free printable, you will receive six mini-books that students can use to summarize Woods Runner. Book 1 ~ Exposition Samuel Smith is a 13 year old boy who lives in western Pennsylvania in 1776. He hunts for the people in his small settlement in exchange for his neighbors helping his parents …

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