Category Archive: Fun Stuff

Dec 07

The Secret Garden – Rose Craft

  The Secret Garden Rose Craft Students will enjoy creating this beautiful yet super easy rose. The rose may be used as a simple craft or used to teach dozens of skills. Teaching Ideas Cover for Writings for The Secret Garden Give students a series of writing prompts. The writings may be turned into a book …

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Nov 30

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season. What Level is the Story Unit? …

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Nov 09

Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone

Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare …

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Nov 02

Boom Learning™ – Interactive Task Cards

Boom Learning™ – Interactive Task Cards Be sure you click on the link at the bottom of this post for a free Boom Learning™ deck. The Search Teachers are so overwhelmed with hundreds of daily tasks. I wanted to add something to my book units to make their lives easier. Many of my units contain …

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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 12

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Main Idea and Details

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Main Idea and Details If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains the animated short film “Lifted” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. The post contains a handout leveled for upper elementary …

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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 14

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Peck Pocketed” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. You can also download a handout containing a graphic organizer to help students write …

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Aug 24

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference If you are looking for some high interest activities, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short film “Lonely Island” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  In the accompanying handout, students will summarize, infer, and make predictions. You can download the handout …

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Jul 27

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day September 13, 2017 Have an exceptional Roald Day with some of these resources! Resource #1 Download this free printable. Students will have a great time comparing the main characters of six of Dahl’s most famous books. Resource #2 Register for a free party pack at the Dahl Day website. All you have to do is …

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