April 2018 archive

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 Teaching Ideas

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, Lauren Tarshis’s twelfth book in her popular I Survived Series, tackles the Joplin Tornado of 2011. Eleven-year old Dex runs into an old college pal of his dad’s, Dr. Gage, while out riding his bike through the streets of Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Gage has become famous with his television show, …

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Standardized Testing – Motivational Ideas for Test Day

Are you looking for some motivational ideas for test day?   Motivational Ideas for Test Day – Candy Notes Ginger Snaps has created super cute motivational notes to pair up with candy.  These fantastic labels from A Classroom for All Seasons are sure to make your students work hard on testing day. Word Rocks Dabbles …

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Authentic Learning – A Teaching Strategy

Authentic Learning – A Teaching Strategy What is an authentic learning task? Authentic learning provides tasks that allow students to learn through real-life situations. Students apply what they have learned in class to realistic circumstances. Often students go outside the classroom. This could include field trips. For example, students studying finance may visit a business …

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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Teaching Ideas

Lauren Tarshis’s eleventh book in her popular I Survived Series tackles the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Eleven-year old Oscar lived in Castle, Minnesota with his father and mother. After his father died in a blizzard, Oscar became the ‘man of the house’ looking after the farm. Mr. Morrow, who was an artist for a …

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful award winning film. After winning 14 smaller awards, it won the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards in 2012. A picture book was created based on the film which makes it ‘fantastic’ as a compare and contrast activity. In …

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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Welcome to the Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up. The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this spring. Links to all the …

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The Wild Robot Escapes Activities

The Wild Robot Escapes   The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. This sequel beautifully wraps up the story. Roz works on the Hilltop Farm for the Shareef family. The family needs Roz because Mrs. Shareef died …

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