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Four Word Activities with Free Printables

Word Activities

Four word activities are explained. At the bottom of the post, you will find a handout link. The handout contains a printable for each activity for you to try each of these activities with your students. These word games will have your students thinking ‘out of the box’ in no time at all.

Activity #1

 Four Free Word Work Printables for Upper Elementary Students

In this activity students put words together to form new words. The trick is they must determine if the word they are adding goes at the beginning or the end of the word.

Let’s start with an easy example.

Add day to:

light —> daylight

every —>everyday

dooms —> doomsday

dreamers —> daydreamers

birth —> birthday

Here’s another example:

Add rot to:

ten  —> rotten

or  —> rotor

par  —> parrot

ate  —> rotate

car  —> carrot

Activity #2

Four Free Word Work Printables for Upper Elementary Students
An anagram is a word or phrase made by changing the order of the letters in another word or phrase.

Here are a few examples:

bread  —> bared, beard, debar

care  —> acre, race

tassel  —> slates, steals

 

Activity #3

Four Free Word Work Printables for Upper Elementary StudentsA homograph is a word that is spelled like another word but is different in origin, meaning, or pronunciation.

Here are a few examples:

bow   —> part of a ship

bow   —> a weapon that shoots arrows

Have students make drawing of homographs.

Activity #4

Four Free Word Work Printables for Upper Elementary Students

A pun is a humorous way of using a word or phrase so that more than one meaning is suggested. Many jokes are puns. Write and illustrate a pun.

Handout

Four Free Word Work Printables for Upper Elementary Students

 

Click here to download the handout containing the word activities. I hope your students have fun with these.Gay Miller

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Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy

Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy

Who said teaching vocabulary had to be boring? This post contains four word wheel activities for students to enjoy while learning more about words.

Word Wheel #1

Set a two minute timer. Have students write down as many real words as they can using only the letters in the wheel. All words must include the center letter of the wheel. Words can be any length. Letters may be repeated or doubled. Encourage students to create long words.

Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.
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Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.
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Word Wheel #2

The wheel contains an eight-letter word. Fill in the missing letter to complete the word. The word may go clockwise or counter-clockwise.

 

Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.
Word Wheel #3

Students are only given the center letter to begin the puzzle. All the spoke words must begin with the letter in the center of the wheel and must be exactly five letters in length. All words going around the outside of the wheel must begin and end with the letters at the end of the spokes. They must also be exactly five letters in length. These words circle in a clockwise direction. This example is a possible solution to the word puzzle..

Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.

Word Wheel #4

This word wheel is a great way to teach vocabulary. Students must write about seven different properties of the word.

Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.

Handout

Engage students with these word wheel activities. The post includes a free printable to give each method a try.

Click the image above to download the handout containing the word wheel activities. I hope your students have fun with these.Gay Miller

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The People of Sparks Teaching Ideas

The People of Sparks

In The People of Sparks, the sequel to The City of Ember, the Emberites leave their cave home. After journeying for a couple of days, they come to a village called Sparks. Here they find a group of people who although aren’t openly hostile are certainly not welcoming. The two groups of people must learn to get along. Meanwhile Lina takes off in search of her dream city.

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau is a must read novel for all lovers of The City of Ember.

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Resources on the Web

Community

Once the Emberites come to Sparks, the community is divided in two. The people in Sparks do not wish to give up their vital resources. They fear their winter supplies will be too low. The Emberites have no concept of winter. They cannot understand why the villagers are being stingy. The villagers provide the refugees with only the bare essentials for living. Over time the quantity and quality of the food provided reduces. Eventually, the Spark’s leaders vote to stop having the Emberites in their homes for dinner.

Communication is low. Hostility grows between the two sets of people. The Emberites learn they will be ejected from the village in the middle of winter. Negative feelings escalate. Petty exchanges of revenge take place. Finally the groups are at war. Ben brings out the ‘Terrible Weapon.’ The machine gun explodes. This creates a threatening fire. 

Discussion Questions

  • How does greed effect the community?
  • By what means does the community support itself? Is raising food a problem?
  • How does the community govern itself?
  • Why is communication vital?
  • How does Sparks compare to other communities in literature?

Refugees

Refugees are people who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons. Most leave their homeland because they fear their safety. Estimates show that at least 60 million people were displaced in 2015.

Another reason for fleeing a region is global climate change. Water and food are scare in some parts of the world. Have students compare the Emberites to a group of refugees in today’s world.

Resources for Further Study

Discussion on the Effects of War

The reader learns that the Builders took a group of people underground to prevent the race from completely dying. Four wars and plague had nearly destroyed the population. What effects does war have?

Here is a little information to get you started:

Revolutionary War Statistics

Small Pox

George Washington had all his forces vaccinated for small pox. After this the death rate by this disease decreased from 17% to 1%.

Causalities of the Revolutionary War

Number
Battle Casualties 6,824
Americans Wounded 8,445
Deaths from Disease approximately 10,000
Died in British Prisons 8,500
Americans Captured 18,152
Casualties from Battle and Disease 24,000

 The People of Sparks Book Unit

The People of Sparks Free Book Unit SamplesIf you would like to try out The People of Sparks Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Squencing
  • Activities and Discussion for Chapters 1-2
  • Story Mapping
  • English – Lesson 1 – Understanding Sentences

 

The People of Sparks Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Gay Miller

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Roy Eberhardt teams with Beatrice and her brother, Mullet Fingers. They wish to stop the Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House Corporation from building a pancake house on a vacant lot. The lot has become home to a group of endangered burrowing owls. The three scheme to prevent the corporation from bulldozing the owls’ home. Read the touching and hilarious novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. 

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Compare the Movie to the Book

This free printable contains organizers to help students compare the book to the movie.

Comparing Books to Movies

Hoot on the Web

Owl Bag

Owl Treat Bag - Simple easy craft to use with the book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.This idea came from Sweet and Living Simple. You will find step-by-step instructions on her site.

Owl Crafts

 

 

 

 

 Hoot Book Unit

If you would like to try out the Hoot Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Setting
  • Constructive Response Question – Characters
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

 

Hoot Book Unit

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.

Gay Miller

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text

Lesson #2

Bloom's Taxonomy

This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here.

In this lesson students are going to do the following:

  • read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse
  • write statements that make connections related to the text
  • state the type of connection that is made
  • compare characters from The Town Mouse and the County Mouse to characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • read statistics about the rich and poor in America
  • make connections between what is taking place in the world to the texts 

The Lesson

Activity #1 Making Connections with Text

Free Printables to Use with Teaching Making Connections with TextPrint the handout provided. Read The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. A short version of this story is provided on the handout. If you prefer, you can have students read another version of the story.

Have students complete the handout by writing statements about the text. For each statement, students must select which type of connection is being made.
 

 

 

Activity #2 Making Text-to-Self Connections

Free Printables to Use with Teaching Making Connections with TextIn the next printable provided, students select one of the characters from The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. They then complete the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast
themselves to the character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity #3 Making Text-to Text Connections

Free Printables to Use with Teaching Making Connections with Text

Two printables are provided. The first contains short excerpts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for students to know a little about the characters Veruca Salt and Charlie Bucket.

The next handout contains a Venn Diagram for students to compare The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity #4 Text-to-World

A final handout is provided with a couple of links. These go to statistical information and facts about the richest and poorest Americans. Students can use this information to make connections to The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Get the printable here.   

Students use The Town Mouse and the County Mouse PLUS characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to make self – text - world connections.

Gay Miller

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Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa

In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom. 

Peter becomes angry that Grandpa will move into HIS room. Shortly after moving in, Peter  devises a series of pranks to drive out Grandpa. Grandpa does not give up easily causing a “war” between the two.

Ideas for the Book

Watch the Movie

An adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book will be in theaters on October 20, 2017. The movie began filming May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert De Niro is playing the part of Grandpa. The cast will also include Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Christopher Walken, and Cheeech Marin. Peter is being played by Oakes Fegle from Pete’s Dragon

Compare and Contrast the Book to the Movie

Free Organizers to Use When Comparing the Book to the Movie

These organizers may be used to compare any book with its movie. .

Comparing You and Grandpa

This link contains a printable Venn Diagram from students to compare themselves with a grandparent.

Family Timeline

This week long set of lessons from readwritethink includes some terrific ideas. Students not only create a family timeline, but also interview a family member. The lesson are designed for 3-5 graders which matches perfectly with The War with Grandpa.

The War with Grandpa Book Unit

Free Book Unit Samples from The War with Grandpa

If you would like to try out the The War with Grandpa Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-3
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3
  • Constructive Response Question – Point of View
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks LikeThe War with Grandpa Teaching Ideas

The War with Grandpa Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.

Gay Miller

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A Long Walk to Water Activities

 

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on a true story. The book tells the stories of Nya who lives in Southern Sudan in 2008 and Salva who lived in Southern Sudan in 1985. Each chapter begins with Nya’s story and jumps to Salva’s story.

Ten-year old Nya spends her days walking from home to the pond to fetch water.

When the Sudanese Civil War came to 11-year old Salva’s village, he became separated from his family. He eventually became one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. These were refugees who walked miles across Africa from Sudan to Ethiopia and then to Kenya searching for safety. 

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Water Facts

Have students complete a small research project to learn about water. Here are some good places to start:

Word Cloud

Word Cloud with Water Facts

Have each student take one or two interesting facts about water and turn them into a word cloud. 

Sites for Creating Word Clouds

The example pictured above was created using Tagul. This site has the water drop shape as one of its built in options. The site also allows users to place quotation marks around words to keep phrases together.

Videos

Book Trailer: A Long Walk to Water

This short video [1:29] plays music while you view a collage of images with some overlaid text. The video would make a good introduction to the book.

An Interview with Salva Dut

While this is an excellent video, I would not show it until the end of the book. It contains photos of Salva building wells. This might spoil the surprise ending of the book for your students who are super observant.

More Teaching Ideas

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parks: With Lesson Plans

 

Free Samples from A Long Walk to Water Unit

Free Samples from A Long Walk to Water Book Unit

If you would like to try out the A Long Walk to Water Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains the following free samples:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Character Traits
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

A Long Walk to Water Book Unit

A Long Walk to Water Book Unit

A Long Walk to Water Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing, and skill practice.

 

Gay Miller

 

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