Category: Fun Stuff

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Roy Eberhardt teams with Beatrice and her brother, Mullet Fingers. They wish to stop the Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House Corporation from building a pancake house on a vacant lot. The lot has become home to a group of endangered burrowing owls. The three scheme to prevent the corporation from bulldozing …

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Book Activities

  Gregor the Overlander Before she wrote The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins wrote the Underland Chronicles. In the first book of the series is Gregor the Overlander.  Gregor and his baby sister fall through a grate. In just moments, they go from their apartment building in New York City to a fantastical subterranean world. This kingdom, known …

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Scar Island

  Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart is the perfect book for reluctant middle school readers. This gripping adventure story is an easy read (Lexile rating of 610). Twelve year old Jonathan has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys. Jonathan thinks he deserves going to to this remote island just large enough to …

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