Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful award winning film. After winning 14 smaller awards, it won the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards in 2012. A picture book was created based on the film which makes it ‘fantastic’ as a compare and contrast activity. In …

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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Welcome 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 …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect 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 film “Feast” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download the handout, leveled for upper elementary students. Students create …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings

Characters and Settings If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains animated short film “Geri’s Game” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download this handout, leveled for upper elementary students here. Great Animated Short for Characters and …

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Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

Pocket Charts   Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see some ideas for …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Theme

Theme 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 “Mater and the Ghostlight” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. Download the accompanying handout leveled for upper elementary students here. Animated Short Mater and …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective 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 “Oktapodi” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  In this animated shorts, students will evaluate the perspective of the main characters. The …

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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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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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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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