January 2018 archive

Wish by Barbara O’Connor Teaching Activities

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud.

The Story

These are just a few of the unusual things Charlie uses to make her daily wish; the same wish she has made every day since fourth grade.  Continue Reading

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Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

This post teaching Silhouette Characterization. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

Instructions

Click here to download the printable. 

  1. Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto a piece of ordinary paper.
  2. Option 2 – Show students the ‘Bean Character Clipart.’ found on pages 9 and 10. Students then draw their own silhouette people in a similar fashion.
  3. Option 3 – Print the sample organizers found on pages 3-7.

Activity #1 –

Students draw a silhouette figure in the center of their page. Out from the silhouette, students draw rays. In each shape formed by the rays, students write facts about the character. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 27 In the Garden

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 27

Chapter 27 In the Garden

The audio file for Chapter 27 “In the Garden” is 30 minutes 56 seconds in length.

Handouts

In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any century before. In this new century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live. Continue Reading

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Choice Boards (Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, & 1-3-5)

Free Choice Board Templates

(Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, and 1-3-5)

Units of study that provide students with the option to choose tasks is a great way to differentiate instruction. Activities are placed on graphic organizers for students to select. Tasks may be organized based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, the complexity of the tasks, learning styles, or multiple intelligence.

Some advantages include — Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 26 It’s Mother

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 26

Chapter 26 It’s Mother

The audio file for Chapter 26 “It’s Mother” is 17 minutes 44 seconds in length.

Handouts

Their belief in the Magic was an abiding thing. After the morning’s incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Theme

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your theme lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short film “Mater and the Ghostlight” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. Download the accompanying handout leveled for upper elementary students here. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 25 The Curtain

Free Teaching Materials to use with The Secret Garden Chapter 25

Chapter 25 The Curtain

The audio file for Chapter 25 “The Curtain” is 12 minutes 59 seconds in length.

Handouts

And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles. In the robin’s nest there were Eggs and the robin’s mate sat upon them keeping them warm with her feathery little breast and careful wings. At first she was very nervous and the robin himself was indignantly watchful. Even Dickon did not go near the close-grown corner in those days, but waited until by the quiet working of some mysterious spell he seemed to have conveyed to the soul of the little pair that in the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves—nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them—the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs. If there had been one person in that garden who had not known through all his or her innermost being that if an Egg were taken away or hurt the whole world would whirl round and crash through space and come to an end—if there had been even one who did not feel it and act accordingly there could have been no happiness even in that golden springtime air. But they all knew it and felt it and the robin and his mate knew they knew it. Continue Reading

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