Category: Free Sample Activities

I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Teaching Ideas

Lauren Tarshis’s eleventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Eleven-year old Oscar lived in Castle, Minnesota with his father and mother. After his father died in a blizzard, Oscar became the ‘man of the house’ looking after the farm. Mr. Morrow, who was an artist for a …

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The Wild Robot Escapes Activities

The Wild Robot Escapes   The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. This sequel beautifully wraps up the story. Roz works on the Hilltop Farm for the Shareef family. The family needs Roz because Mrs. Shareef died …

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I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 Teaching Ideas

I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888  The Story Lauren Tarshis’s sixteenth book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Children’s Blizzard. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how John will survive. John Hale was an eleven-year-old boy whose family had moved from Chicago to Dakota in 1886. They wanted …

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Prisoner B-3087 Teaching Ideas

Prisoner B-3087  The Story Ten-year-old Yanek entertains his family with an after dinner light show when the Germans invade his hometown of Kraków, Poland. Days later a wall is built forming the Jewish ghetto. After this, a series of rules change Yanek’s life. No school for Jews. – His father’s business is taken. – Food …

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman Activities

Coraline The Story Neil Gaiman created an incredible book when he wrote Coraline. It contains just enough unusual and creepy events taking place to keep students begging for more. Coraline’s family moves into a large house in the country. The house is divided into four apartments. Upstairs lives the crazy old man who talks of …

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Activities for the Book Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart by Gordon Korman Late in the summer before Chase’s eighth grade year, he wakes up in the hospital surrounded by people who say they are his family. Chase has no memory of them or the fall from the roof of his home that caused him to be unconscious for several days. He has a …

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Fish in a Tree Teaching Activities

Fish in a Tree  The Story Lynda Mullaly Hunt tells a fantastic story in her book Fish in a Tree. Told in first person point of view, the book follows Ally through her sixth grade year as she overcomes many obstacles. Ally does a great job keeping the secret that she can’t read until Mr. …

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I Survived Series Growing Bundle

I Survived Series Growing Bundle I am super excited to announce this Growing Bundle for the I Survived Series. When you purchase this bundle, you will receive a total of ten book units for the series. Each novel study will include vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing organizers, and four skill lessons. Questions What is …

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I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863  The Story Lauren Tarshis’s seventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Civil War. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how Thomas will survive. Thomas receives injuries from an explosion. Moments later he is shot in the chest. After reading the …

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate writes a beautiful story with a unique main character. Wishtree is told from the first person perspective of a 216 year old oak tree named Red. Red is special in several ways. People write wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches each May. Because of …

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