Category: Graphic Organizer

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Free Concept Web Practice

Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students.

What is a Concept Web?

Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. Continue Reading

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Roald Dahl Day

Ideas and Free Resources for Roald Dahl Day

Have an exceptional Roald Dahl Day on September 13 with some of these resources!

Resource #1

Download this free printable. Students will have a great time comparing the main characters of six of Dahl’s most famous books. Continue Reading

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The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

Teaching Ideas to use with the novel  The Westing Game

Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices.

Once the tenants move in, sixteen are invited to a reading of Sam Westing’s will. The heir who can figure out how he died wins Westing’s entire fortune. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 3 - Free Lesson using the story of Aladdin


This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here:


In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. Your students will love reading this great story. Go to the end of the post for handouts. Everything is provided for a print and go lesson.
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Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text - Three Free Lessons

This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — Continue Reading

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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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The Wild Robot Writing Activities

Teaching Ideas to Use with The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. The outcome is a book that is both charming and exciting. There is no question about it; your students will love this book!

Writing Ideas for the Book

CHARTING THE STORY 

This free printable with answer key included helps students keep track of the story. Students use the chart to write details about how Roz helps the animals on the island and then how they in return help her. After students complete the chart, it may be used create a T-Chart to compare and contrast the animals to Roz. Continue Reading

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