Category: Free Sample Activities

Bud, Not Buddy

Free Printable Bud, Not Buddy Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

Bud, Not Buddy is a terrific choice for a class novel study for several reasons:

  • Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a young boy living during the 1930’s Great Depression. Through this story students get a feel for this time in American history. The story tells of poverty, hardships, orphanages, hunger, soup kitchens, train hopping, and Hoovervilles. Continue Reading

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Winter Figurative Language

Free Winter Figurative Language

For my January “Free Product of the Month,” I created Winter Figurative Language, four printable activities that focus on winter figurative language. Just click on the image below to download the file.

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Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee - Pairing Anchor Charts with Constructive Response Questions

Maniac Magee is a great unit for teaching both theme and character change. Jeffrey Magee, later nicknamed Maniac, goes to live with Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan after his parents die in a trolley accident. After years of living with his aunt and uncle, who hate each other, Jeffrey decides he has had enough. Jeffrey simply runs away.

After a year of running, Jeffrey ends up in a fictional town called Two Mills. In this town, Hector Street divides the town between the East Side where the African Americans live and West side where the White population lives. Continue Reading

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A Wrinkle in Time Activities

A Wrinkle in Time Anchor Chart Paired with Writing Activity

From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.

In this book three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. The children are helped by three witches, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatist, and Mrs. Which who provide gentle advice through thoughtful quotes: Continue Reading

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Frosty vs. Rudolph

Free Compare and Contrast Christmas uses the high interest stories of

Frosty vs. Rudolph

I love Christmas! The students’ excitement is magical 

‘The TEST’

Early last year as I was listening to the requirements of our writing assessment . . . . read two informational texts . . . . compare and contrast . . . . write a narrative based on the texts . . . . I decided that I would use the magic of Christmas to practice for the test. After all, half the battle of students performing well on this type of assessment is to build up confidence levels. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to compare the stories behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman?” I began researching. Wow! I hit a gold mine. I was surprised to discover that the story behind Rudolph is heartwarming, and there is definitely a connection between the two back stories. Continue Reading

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Five Main Idea Teaching Activities

Main Idea Teaching Activities

Activity #1 – Introducing Main Idea

  • I love to start teaching main idea and supporting details with photos and illustrations. You need pictures with a lot of activities taking place such as a circus scene. Ask students to tell you what is taking place in the photo. Write each of these on the board. You should get many details. Once you have a dozen or so details, ask students to sum up the picture in five words or less. This should be your main idea.

  • Another way to introduce main idea is to have students tell you about their weekend in 5 words or less. They must choose these words carefully so that you know what took place. Continue Reading

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