Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Problems and Solutions

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach problems and solutions. 

This post contains the animated short “Taking the Plunge” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. In this animated short, the main character has a problem he must solve. Handouts, leveled for upper elementary students, with graphic organizers encourage students to think about problems and solutions. You can download the handout here. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Compare and Contrast

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

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 this free sample from Using Animated Shorts to Teach Reading and Writing Skills, students compare The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore to the movie version of The Wizard of Oz which inspired the film. Continue Reading

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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Using the Novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to Promote Reading

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 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! Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach the reading skill cause and effect. 

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 a cause and effect chain to summarize the film. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities for teaching characters and settings, 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. Continue Reading

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Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

Quick and Easy Pocket Chart - Read how to make this simple pocket chart from materials you have around the house.

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 using these pocket charts. 

Instructions for Making the Pocket Charts

Pocket charts can be made in many sizes depending on how you plan to use them. These instructions show how to create a small pocket chart that holds twelve index cards. I used a department store shirt box that has the lid connected to the bottom along one side. When the box is closed flat, it is double in thickness making it sturdy. The flattened box is 11 ½ by 15 inches. This is the perfect size to wrap in standard sized wrapping paper. Corrugated cardboard also works well. Cut it to whatever size you need. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Theme

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your theme 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. Continue Reading

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