December 2017 archive

Prefix Teaching Activities and Ideas

Games, Anchor Charts, Foldable Organizers and More to Teach Prefixes

Are you searching for some new prefixes activities? This post is loaded with ideas and free printables.

The English Language

English is a mix of several languages including French, Italian, Greek and Latin, Vietnamese and so on. This makes the number of words linguists estimate the English language to have extremely large —- approximately one million words. About 170,000 of these words are in current use. The average adult English speaker has a vocabulary between 20,000 to 35,000 words. Ninety-five percent of everyday writing and speech in newspapers, most books, movies, etc. use only about 3,000 words. So…how do we prepare our students for college entrance exams when everyday life exposes them to so such a narrow list of vocabulary words? —- We teach students prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 23 Magic

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 23

Chapter 23 Magic

The audio file for Chapter 23 “Magic” is 24 minutes 20 seconds in length.

Handouts

Dr. Craven had been waiting some time at the house when they returned to it. He had indeed begun to wonder if it might not be wise to send some one out to explore the garden paths. When Colin was brought back to his room the poor man looked him over seriously. Continue Reading

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Learning Log – A Teaching Strategy

Enjoy these free printables to teach students how to create learning logs.

What is a Learning Log?

A learning log is a specialized type of journal. Unlike typical journals, students record responses to the material they are learning.

Learning logs may include: Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 22 When the Sun Went Down

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 22

Chapter 22 When the Sun Went Down

The audio file for Chapter 22 “When the Sun Went Down” is 10 minutes 36 seconds in length.

Handouts

When his head was out of sight Colin turned to Mary. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your perspective lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Oktapodi” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 21 Ben Weatherstaff

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 21

Chapter 21 Ben Weatherstaff

The audio file for Chapter 21 “Ben Weatherstaff” is 19 minutes 49 seconds in length.

Handouts

One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun—which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in some one’s eyes. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Rose Craft

Create this beautiful rose - super simple and fun for students.

Students will enjoy creating this beautiful yet super easy rose craft. The rose may be used as a simple craft or used to teach dozens of skills.

Teaching Ideas

Cover for Writings for The Secret Garden

Give students a series of writing prompts. The writings may be turned into a book using the rose as a cover. Here is a list of prompts: Continue Reading

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