Category: Free Sample Activities

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Teaching Ideas and Book Unit Samples for I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

Lauren Tarshis writes the fifteenth book in her popular I Survived Series – I Survived the American Revolution. The series began with I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 in 2010. Since then, two books each year have been published. Readers can experience both natural and man-made disasters through this series. Fire, war, storms, and even shark attacks will keep the reader engaged. 

The Story

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 tells the story of Nate. When three-year old Theo accidentally hits Uncle Storch with a stick, Nate takes the blame. As his cruel uncle begins to choke him, Nate realizes me must run away from home in order to survive. Nate stows away on a ship. He winds up in New York City. The city is not the place Nate remembers. Boarded up buildings line the street. Soldiers build large earthen barricades. Not knowing what to do, Nate just walks. He observes all the preparations for war. Nate soon runs into an old friend who gets him a job as the camp helper for the Connecticut 15th. Through a series of events, Nate ends up on the battlefield. The thrilling story of courage is a must read. Continue Reading

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Wish by Barbara O’Connor Teaching Activities

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

After seeing a cardinal, close your eyes, spit three times, and make a wish. — You can make a wish if you clap three times before crossing a state line. — You can make a wish if you see a camel-shaped cloud.

The Story

These are just a few of the unusual things Charlie uses to make her daily wish; the same wish she has made every day since fourth grade.  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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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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The People of Sparks Teaching Ideas

The People of Sparks FREE Book Unit Samples

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. Continue Reading

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ECHO Book Activities

Compare and Contrast Activities using ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Esperanza Rising, writes another hit novel with Echo. The book tells four stories weaved together by a magical harmonica.

The book begins and ends with three fairy-tale princesses and a lost boy named Otto. Otto wanders into the woods during a game of hide-and-seek. There he meets three princesses. He is surprised because they are in the book he has been reading. Otto begins to read the book to the princesses. He soon discovers the end of his book he is reading is blank. The princesses tell Otto he must write the ending. They also give him a magical harmonica with instructions to pass it along when the time is right. Continue Reading

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Activities

Owl Crafts  to Use with the Novel  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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.  Continue Reading

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My Father’s Dragon Activities

Teaching Ideas to Use with the Novel My Father’s Dragon

My Father’s Dragon tells the story of Elmer Elevator. Elmer runs away to a Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon. There Elmer encounters fierce wild beasts. He must use items from his backpack to get out of difficult situations. These include two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, a fine-toothed comb, and other objects. Students laugh out loud at Elmer’s cleverness. The rescue mission on Wild Island turns into quite an adventure. Continue Reading

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