November 2017 archive

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi FREE Lesson Plans

The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.

What Level is the Story Unit?

Not only is the message a good one, but the book lends itself to covering a number of CCSS skills. The original story measures 6.1 grade equivalent; however, it is a little challenging for sixth graders with its Lexile rating at 940. Due to this, I have also included a simplified version that measures a 4.9 grade equivalent. I made sure that both versions of the story contain the same vocabulary words, making this a perfect unit for differentiated instruction. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 19 It Has Come!

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 19

Chapter 19 It Has Come!

The audio file for Chapter 19 “It Has Come!” is 19 minutes 10 seconds in length.

Handouts

Of course Dr. Craven had been sent for the morning after Colin had had his tantrum. He was always sent for at once when such a thing occurred and he always found, when he arrived, a white shaken boy lying on his bed, sulky and still so hysterical that he was ready to break into fresh sobbing at the least word. In fact, Dr. Craven dreaded and detested the difficulties of these visits. On this occasion he was away from Misselthwaite Manor until afternoon. Continue Reading

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Great Books for Teaching Students About Empathy

Books that Teach Empathy

Great Books for Teaching Students About Empathy

Just last week, the 317th mass shooting took place this year in the United States. A gunman in California drove through a locked gate. He then shot through the windows of the elementary school killing four people. Teaching students empathy is more important than ever in this time we live in. If students better understand diversified populations some of this violence may be curtailed. Health problems, learning challenges, and racial or cultural differences are just a few of the topics children’s authors have tackled in literature. Here are some great books for today’s classroom. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 18 Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 18

Chapter 18 Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time

The audio file for Chapter 18 “Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time” is 12 minutes 12 seconds in length.

Handouts

Of course Mary did not waken early the next morning. She slept late because she was tired, and when Martha brought her breakfast she told her that though. Colin was quite quiet he was ill and feverish as he always was after he had worn himself out with a fit of crying. Mary ate her breakfast slowly as she listened. Continue Reading

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Semantic Feature Analysis – A Teaching Strategy

Teach semantic feature analysis with these free printables including ones for the novel The Westing Game..

Semantic feature analysis (SFA) uses a grid to help students visualize how topics are related to one another. Learners complete the grid to see connections between items, make predictions, or categorize topics. 

When to Use SFA

Use semantic feature analysis any time students have a list of topics to compare and contrast. This strategy is helpful to use when: Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 17 A Tantrum

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 17

Chapter 17 A Tantrum

The audio file for Chapter 17 “A Tantrum” is 13 minutes 09 seconds in length.

Handouts

She had got up very early in the morning and had worked hard in the garden and she was tired and sleepy, so as soon as Martha had brought her supper and she had eaten it, she was glad to go to bed. As she laid her head on the pillow she murmured to herself: Continue Reading

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Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your mood and tone lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare and contrast the film version of the story to the online storybook. “The Girl and the Cloud” interactive storybook may be found here. The handout may be found here. Continue Reading

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