February 2018 archive

Fish in a Tree Teaching Activities

Fish in a Tree  The Story Lynda Mullaly Hunt tells a fantastic story in her book Fish in a Tree. Told in first person point of view, the book follows Ally through her sixth grade year as she overcomes many obstacles. Ally does a great job keeping the secret that she can’t read until Mr. …

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I Survived Series Growing Bundle

I Survived Series Growing Bundle I am super excited to announce this Growing Bundle for the I Survived Series. When you purchase this bundle, you will receive a total of ten book units for the series. Each novel study will include vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing organizers, and four skill lessons. Questions What is …

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I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863  The Story Lauren Tarshis’s seventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Civil War. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how Thomas will survive. Thomas receives injuries from an explosion. Moments later he is shot in the chest. After reading the …

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Inverted Pyramid Story

Inverted Pyramid Story What is an Inverted Pyramid Story? News reporters use Inverted Pyramid Stories to relay information quickly to readers. Both newspapers and web writers use this approach. News is written in order of importance. The most essential information is placed in the lead paragraph. The purpose for writing using this method is to …

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate writes a beautiful story with a unique main character. Wishtree is told from the first person perspective of a 216 year old oak tree named Red. Red is special in several ways. People write wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches each May. Because of …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings

Characters and Settings If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains animated short film “Geri’s Game” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download this handout, leveled for upper elementary students here. Great Animated Short for Characters and …

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I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis The Series Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through …

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Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

Pocket Charts   Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post to see some ideas for …

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