Category Archive: Free Sample Activities

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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Jun 08

The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

The Westing Game Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices. Once the tenants move in, sixteen are …

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Jun 05

The Dark is Rising Teaching Ideas

The Dark is Rising is an exceptional contemporary fantasy on the Common Core Standards Grades 6-8 Exemplars List. The novel tells the story of Will Stanton who on his eleventh birthday learns he is one of the Old Ones who is destined to save the world from the Dark. Will must collect six Signs and …

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May 15

Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom.  Peter becomes angry that …

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