I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

Eleven-year old Hugo holds his little sister Gertie in his arms as they wait to board the Hindenburg. Hugo and his family have lived in Kenya for the past year while his parents who are science professors study the lions in the Thika Valley. Unfortunately, Gertie was bitten by a mosquito and got malaria. Hugo’s family must quickly get back to the states for Gertie to receive treatment. Riding the Hindenburg is the quickest way to travel in 1937. Continue Reading

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Proverbs and Adages

Teaching Proverbs and Adages

Teaching students to understand proverbs and adages improves reading comprehension. These sayings have meanings beyond what can be understood in their individual words.

A proverb is a simple statement of practical wisdom popularly known and repeated. These common sense statements express some truth often giving advice to the listener. Adages are a well-known proverbs that have been used for a long time. Because these two terms are so closely related, the terms are often used interchangeably. Continue Reading

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Snowball Technique – A Teaching Strategy

Free Printables to Practice using the Snowball Technique in Your Classroom

The Snowball Technique is a way for students to teach each other important concepts and information. Students begin by working alone. Next they collaborate with a partner. Partners form groups of four. Groups of four join together to form groups of eight. This snowballing effect continues until the entire class is working together as one large group.

Read these instructions to see if you would like try this teaching technique in your classroom. Continue Reading

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Teaching the Greek Myth Orpheus and Eurydice

Free Mini Lesson for Orpheus and Eurydice

The Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post.

Orpheus

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Problems and Solutions

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach problems and solutions. 

This post contains the animated short “Taking the Plunge” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. In this animated short, the main character has a problem he must solve. Handouts, leveled for upper elementary students, with graphic organizers encourage students to think about problems and solutions. You can download the handout here. Continue Reading

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Teaching Conflicts in Literature

This blog post contains ideas for teaching 'Conflicts in Literature.' It includes an anchor chart and free materials including a foldable organizer and PowerPoint lesson.

When I realized that I have a number of resources on ‘Types of Conflict in Literature,’ but they are scattered throughout my website and blog, I decided to create one post with information plus links to help people find the materials.

Defintions

In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Continue Reading

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Teaching the Greek Myth Daedalus and Icarus

Free Mini Lesson for Daedalus and Icarus

The Greek myth Daedalus and Icarus is perfect for teaching a number of Common Core literature standards. Read the myth. Then enjoy the mini-lesson covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing. Look for a link to the handout at the bottom of the post.

The Gift

Daedalus wanted to honor the newborn princess with a special gift. He created a mechanical bird that chirped when the sun rose. This was quite a gift in the age of using sun dials to tell time. Everyone who saw the mechanical bird was amazed. King Minos came to Daedalus and asked if he could help with a special project. He was seeking a way to keep the Minotaur imprisoned. This half-bull and half-man creature was dangerous. Continue Reading

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