Monthly Archive: January 2017

Jan 30

The Cay Activities

  Set during World War II, The Cay tells the story of Phillip, an American from Virginia. While trying to return home from Curacao, Phillip’s ship is torpedoed by a German submarine. Phillip and Timothy find their way to a raft. After floating on the ocean for several days, they land on an island. Timothy says they …

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Jan 26

Story Mapping

  Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down text. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.   Common Core Creating a story map helps students practice a large …

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Jan 23

The City of Ember Book Activities

  The city of Ember is dying. Power failures become more frequent and longer. The sky is dark. Outside the city, darkness looms in the Unknown Regions. Lina Mayfleet finds a set of instructions she believes will help her find a way out of the city. Unfortunately, her baby sister finds the instructions first and chews holes …

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Jan 19

Prefix Spinner Game

  Teaching prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This simple game is a great way for students to practice. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for some additional prefix resources to help with you study. Download the game here. Preparation:   Plan for a small group activity. Run off the spinner …

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Jan 16

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Activities

  As Marty walks the hills of Friendly, West Virginia, he runs across a shy beagle pup. The pup follows him home. The two form an immediate friendship. Marty names the pup Shiloh after the place he finds him. He soon learns he must return the dog to its rightful owner, Judd Travers, who is unkind to …

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Jan 12

Sentence Problems Unit (Combining Sentences and Correcting Run-Ons)

This Sentence Writing Unit includes a PowerPoint and set of graphic organizers that teach students about sentence problems, combining sentences, and correcting run-on sentences.  Inclusion Classroom Activity As an inclusion teacher, I was responsible for creating/planning every other unit. One unit I created was a series of lessons on sentences. I used themes and sample sentences …

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Jan 09

The Cricket in Times Square Teaching Activities

  The Cricket in Times Square tells the story of a cricket named Chester who is trapped in a picnic basket, travels on a commuter train from the Connecticut countryside, and ends up in Times Square. While in the city, he makes friends with a cat, mouse, and young boy. In this heart warming tale, …

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Jan 05

Genre Flash Cards

  Genre Flash Cards contains 21 pairs (picture cards with matching fact cards) in a ready-to-use printable format. These are a free download at Teachers Pay Teachers.   Ways to Use the Genre Flash Cards Response Cards – The picture cards may be used as response cards. The teacher reads the definition or names a …

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Jan 01

Where the Red Fern Grows – A Winter Mentor Text

  Welcome to the Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Blog Linkup When thinking about a winter related book to use as a mentor text, I immediately thought of Where the Red Fern Grows. In the novel, Billy has to battle the winter weather in life and death situations twice. In Chapter 10, Little Ann falls …

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