Category Archive: Fun Stuff

Feb 08

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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Feb 01

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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Jan 11

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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Dec 14

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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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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