Category Archive: Free Sample Activities

Feb 12

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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Feb 05

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis The Series Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through …

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Jan 29

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Teaching Activities

Wish by Barbara O’Connor After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud. The Story These are just a few of the unusual things …

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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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Jul 17

The People of Sparks Teaching Ideas

The People of Sparks In The People of Sparks, the sequel to The City of Ember, the Emberites leave their cave home. After journeying for a couple of days, they come to a village called Sparks. Here they find a group of people who although aren’t openly hostile are certainly not welcoming. The two groups …

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Jul 10

ECHO Book Activities

ECHO Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Esperanza Rising, writes another hit novel with Echo. The book tells four stories weaved together by a magical harmonica. The book begins and ends with three fairy-tale princesses and a lost boy named Otto. Otto wanders into the woods during a game of hide-and-seek. There he meets three princesses. He is surprised because they …

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Jul 03

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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Jun 26

My Father’s Dragon Activities

My Father’s Dragon My Father’s Dragon tells the story of Elmer Elevator. Elmer runs away to a Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon. Elmer must use two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, a fine-toothed comb, and other objects to tame fierce beasts. The rescue mission on Wild Island turns into quite an adventure. Teaching Ideas …

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Jun 19

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice is a historical fiction novel. After the Removal Act of 1830, the U.S. government hires a man, known as Weasel, to remove the Shawnees from the Ohio Territory. Once all the Native Americans have fled, Weasel stays in Ohio. He then turns on the white settlers.  One of Weasel’s victims is eleven-year-old …

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Jun 12

The Tiger Rising Book Activities

The Tiger Rising As twelve year old Rob walks through the woods near his Florida home, he stumbles upon a caged tiger. The same day, he meets a girl named Sistine Bailey. Rob is full of bottled up emotions. Before long, he begins confiding his feelings with Sistine. Rob even shows Sistine the tiger. When she sees it, she …

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