Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your perspective lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Oktapodi” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Rose Craft

Create this beautiful rose - super simple and fun for students.

Students will enjoy creating this beautiful yet super easy rose craft. The rose may be used as a simple craft or used to teach dozens of skills.

Teaching Ideas

Cover for Writings for The Secret Garden

Give students a series of writing prompts. The writings may be turned into a book using the rose as a cover. Here is a list of prompts: Continue Reading

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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi FREE Lesson Plans

The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.

What Level is the Story Unit?

Not only is the message a good one, but the book lends itself to covering a number of CCSS skills. The original story measures 6.1 grade equivalent; however, it is a little challenging for sixth graders with its Lexile rating at 940. Due to this, I have also included a simplified version that measures a 4.9 grade equivalent. I made sure that both versions of the story contain the same vocabulary words, making this a perfect unit for differentiated instruction. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your mood and tone lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare and contrast the film version of the story to the online storybook. “The Girl and the Cloud” interactive storybook may be found here. The handout may be found here. Continue Reading

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Boom Learning™ – Interactive Task Cards

Free Author's Purpose Digital Task Cards Hosted by Boom Learning

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for a free Boom Learning™ deck.

The Search

Teachers are so overwhelmed with hundreds of daily tasks. I wanted to add something to my book units to make their lives easier. Continue Reading

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Four Cipher Codes to use when creating Secret Messages

Four Fun Codes for Your Students to Enjoy Deciphering

Using cipher codes is a great way to get reluctant students writing. Present one or more of these cipher codes. Build up the suspense by discussing how spies carried secret assault plans through enemy lines using various codes. Be sure to grab the printable at the bottom of the post.

Caesar Cipher

Sending coded messages during times of war has been around for centuries. In Julius Caesar’s code, you shift the letters of the alphabet. In this example, the letters shift three spaces to the left. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Main Idea and Details

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your main idea and details lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short film “Lifted” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. The post contains a handout leveled for upper elementary students to help students find the main idea and supporting details for this film. Download the handout here. Continue Reading

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