Category: Teaching Idea

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

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for 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.  Continue Reading

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A Long Walk to Water Activities

Word Cloud with Water Facts

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. Continue Reading

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Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Bandwagon

Teaching the Persuasive Technique Bandwagon with Commercials

Last month I created a series of four posts with songs that could be used to teach text structures. Because of the positive comments, I have planned a similar series. This time on persuasive techniques. Each Thursday in March, you can read about one persuasive technique or propaganda device. Posts feature commercial examples for each device. The series includes bandwagon, testimonials, loaded terms, and name calling.  

Bandwagon Definition

This technique encourages the hearer to think that because everyone else does something, you should too or you will be left out. In literature, bandwagon is used to persuade the reader to agree with the argument of the writer. Continue Reading

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Teaching Sequencing with Songs

Songs for Teaching Sequencing

Last week I posted “Teaching Compare and Contrast with Songs” This week, I’m continuing the series with “Teaching Sequencing with Songs.” I’ve listened to hundreds of songs. In the comment area below, I would love to hear your suggestions. Remember the songs must be classroom friendly.

Historical Events

One genre to use in the classroom are songs that tell about an event in history. You can’t go wrong with sequencing events from the Battle of the Alamo. Here are some songs you might try: Continue Reading

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The City of Ember Book Activities

The City of Ember Activities

The city of Ember is dying. Power failures become more frequent and longer. The sky is dark. Outside the city, darkness looms in the Unknown Regions.

Lina Mayfleet finds a set of instructions she believes will help her find a way out of the city. Unfortunately, her baby sister finds the instructions first and chews holes in them. Lina and her friend, Doon Harrow, race against time and a corrupt mayor to piece together the clues in these instructions to save the people from their dying city. Read this novel by Jeanne DuPrau to see if Lina and Doon are successful in their quest. Continue Reading

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Prefix Spinner Game

Free Prefix Spinner Game

Teaching prefixes can be both fun and challenging. This simple game is a great way for students to practice. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for some additional prefix resources to help with you study.

Download the game here.

Preparation:  

Plan for a small group activity. Run off the spinner boards for each group onto cardstock. Add spinners to the center of each. These may be purchased spinners or simply a brad and paperclip will work.  Continue Reading

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Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Activities

Activities to use with the book Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

As Marty walks the hills of Friendly, West Virginia, he runs across a shy beagle pup. The pup follows him home. The two form an immediate friendship. Marty names the pup Shiloh after the place he finds him. He soon learns he must return the dog to its rightful owner, Judd Travers, who is unkind to his dogs. After doing so, Shiloh turns up at Marty’s home for a second time. Marty decides to hide him on the hill behind his house. This leads to all kinds of trouble for Marty. Read Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor to see how Marty deals with each obstacle. 

Activity #1

In this interactive online activity, students are asked to solve eight math problems related to the contract between Judd and Marty. The quiz is in a multiple choice format. Students are given immediate feedback for right and wrong answers.  Continue Reading

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