March 2018 archive

ACE – A Writing Strategy

What is the ACE Writing Strategy?   Help students organize their writing by using the ACE Writing Strategy. This teaching device helps organize the answers to short answer/constructive response questions. It prevents students from guessing the answers by providing a structured response to the question. The acronym stands for… A – Answer all parts of …

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I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 Teaching Ideas

I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888  The Story Lauren Tarshis’s sixteenth book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Children’s Blizzard. Readers are on the edge of their seats waiting to see how John will survive. John Hale was an eleven-year-old boy whose family had moved from Chicago to Dakota in 1886. They wanted …

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RUNNERS – A Test Taking Strategy

What is the RUNNERS Strategy?   Help students succeed when answering multiple choice questions with the RUNNERS Strategy. This acronym teaching device helps students break down reading passages, so they can more easily answer multiple choice questions. By implementing this strategy, students will have a better understanding of what they read causing them to more …

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Prisoner B-3087 Teaching Ideas

Prisoner B-3087  The Story Ten-year-old Yanek entertains his family with an after dinner light show when the Germans invade his hometown of Kraków, Poland. Days later a wall is built forming the Jewish ghetto. After this, a series of rules change Yanek’s life. No school for Jews. – His father’s business is taken. – Food …

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Academic and Testing Vocabulary

What is an academic vocabulary?   Academic vocabulary consists of words that are not commonly used or frequently encountered in everyday conversation. These words include specialized content vocabulary for specific subjects such as reading/language art, science, social studies, or math. Academic vocabulary also includes terms found on standardized tests.  When students understand testing vocabulary, test …

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman Activities

Coraline The Story Neil Gaiman created an incredible book when he wrote Coraline. It contains just enough unusual and creepy events taking place to keep students begging for more. Coraline’s family moves into a large house in the country. The house is divided into four apartments. Upstairs lives the crazy old man who talks of …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills.  This post contains the animated short film “Feast” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download the handout, leveled for upper elementary students. Students create …

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Activities for the Book Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart by Gordon Korman Late in the summer before Chase’s eighth grade year, he wakes up in the hospital surrounded by people who say they are his family. Chase has no memory of them or the fall from the roof of his home that caused him to be unconscious for several days. He has a …

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D Reading and Thinking Strategy

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. 1. Devise Ask students to brainstorm a general topic that you plan to study in the near future. Students will devise a list of everything they know about the …

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