Monthly Archive: November 2016

Nov 28

Comparing Cinderella Stories – Ella Enchanted

  Ella Enchanted is a Cinderella story with a twist. When Ella is born, a fairy named Lucinda gives her the gift of obedience. Now whenever anyone gives Ella an order, she must follow it. At first, Ella’s mother and their cook protect Ella. When Lady Eleanor dies, Ella’s father remarries. As you can imagine, this …

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Nov 21

The Giver Teaching Ideas

  Enjoy these five teaching ideas to use with your novel study of The Giver including a free downloadable activity and samples from The Giver Book Unit.   Twelve year old Jonas lives in a futuristic world where prejudice, war, hunger, crime, as well as the freedom to select a spouse has been eliminated. Jonas is …

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Nov 17

Crossword Puzzle Generators

  Literally billions of crossword puzzles can be found online or in teacher resource books, but they often don’t fit the words you are studying. In this post, I have reviewed six free crossword puzzle generators. I hope these reviews will help you find the site that best fits your needs. Each title is linked …

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Nov 14

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, so Mother must direct the Christmas pageant. Everything goes wrong when the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, are the only ones to volunteer for all the main roles. Will Mother be able to pull it all together? Read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara …

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Nov 10

Thanksgiving Activities for Big Kids

  With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, I’m sure you are looking for some activities that both celebrate the season and teach valuable lessons and skills. Check out these free Thanksgiving activities for upper elementary students. Activity #1 ~ Oreo Turkeys Your students will have a blast creating this Thanksgiving turkey from Oreos, candy corn, Hershey Kisses, …

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Nov 07

The One and Only Ivan Setting Activity

  If you haven’t read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, you are in for a real treat. The story is told from the perspective of Ivan, a silver back gorilla in a journal-like format.  The reader learns about Ivan’s past through flashbacks, his struggles in the present living in the small confined cage at the …

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Nov 03

Text Structures ~ Problem and Solution Teaching Materials

  My newest book unit Matilda contains a series of six lessons on writing a problem and solution essay. After I finished the book unit, I realized  that I haven’t seen many activities on the web for this skill, so I thought I would do a bit of scrounging and pass along what I found. Here …

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