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Christmas Activities

Christmas Activities

With Christmas right around the corner, students are getting excited. I have found the best way to keep students under control at this time of year is to keep them busy with fun, educational activities.

Here are two free Christmas resources you may wish to give a try this holiday season.

#1 Free Compare and Contrast Christmas

This product is a combination of several activities centered around comparing and contrasting the stories behind the songs “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty, the Snowman.”

  • The first activity includes a couple of pages for an interactive notebook. The first graphic organizer contains key words for finding and/or writing compare and contrast statements. The second organizer includes three methods for setting up compare and contrast essays.

Free Compare and Contrast Printable Activities

  • After going over key words and how to outline a compare and contrast essay, it is time to practice. My students had a great time comparing the stories behind “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty, the Snowman.”

Free Printable Compare and Contrast Christmas Activities

  • Finally a Venn Diagram foldable graphic organizer is included for student record their findings. This is a great way for students to organize their notes before writing an essay.

Free Printable Compare and Contrast Christmas Activities

 

#2 Free Prefix and Suffix I Have, Who Has Game

This packet includes two sets of cards: one with words containing prefixes and one set with words containing suffixes. You may use these as two separate activities or string them together for one long game of I Have, Who Has. 

Free Printable Prefix and Suffix I Have, Who Has Free Printable Prefix and Suffix ~ I Have, Who Has

 

Free Printable Prefix and Suffix I Have, Who Has Free Printable Prefix and Suffix ~ I Have, Who Has Free Printable Prefix and Suffix I Have, Who Has


I hope this time with your students is super fun!! I also hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

 

Gay Miller

 

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Compound Word Activities

Compound Word Activities

This simple anchor chart took just a few seconds to create. It was a wonderful teaching tool. Students had to find two words from the sticky notes that were randomly placed on the table to form a compound word, and then place them on the chart.

Compound Word Anchor Chart

Smart Notebook 15 Pages of Activities (Just click on the image to open the Smart Notebook file.)

15 Slide SmartBoard Activities on Compound Words

Free Printable Graphic Organizer

Instructions

Print the organizer onto colored paper.

Students write two words, one on each side of the organizer, that when put together will form a compound word.

In the center of the organizer, students will write the definitions of each compound word in the first row of boxes. In the second row of boxes, they draw illustrations of the compound words.

To assembly  the foldable organizer, fold the organizer on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines between the words.

See the illustration below for the completed organizer.

Free Printable Graphic OrganizerFree Printable Graphic OrganzierThis product may be purchased at Teachers Pay Teachers.

This teaching set contains cards to make 14 compound word chains. To make the chain each word forms the end of one compound word and the beginning of another.

For example:
campfire ~ fireplace ~ placecard ~ cardboard ~ boardgame ~ gameplay ~ playtime  

Compound Word Chains

Compound Word Chains

 

Compound Word Chains

[The pictures in the bottom corner of the cards are used to not only keep sets together, but also help if using the cards in a center. Once students complete the activity, they record their answers on the page provided by writing the words next to the matching image.]

Online Interactive Activities 

Here are some online resources with game-like activities for practice. Just click on the image to go to the activity.

Compound Words
Online Compound Word Interactive Activity

Crazy Compound Words
Compound Word Creator

Activities on Common Compound Words
Online Compound Word Interactive Activity

Break It Up
Online Compound Word Interactive Activity

Scrapyard SliceOnline Compound Word Interactive Activity

Learning Compound Words

Contraction Game
Online Compound Word Interactive Activity

Word Vine
Compound Word Activities

Gay Miller

 

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness

Ten Interesting Facts . . .
Surviving the Wilderness

  1. Water Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • Humans need eight cups of water each day.

    • When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty.

    • Sixteen drops of bleach will treat one gallon of water.

    • Approximately 4000 people are treated annually from drinking contaminated water in the United States.

    • A person can survive without water for three to five days.

  1. Food Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • A person can survive without food for approximately 30 days.

    • Insects and bugs are high in protein and are great survival foods.

  2. Temperature

    • Most hypothermia cases develop between 30 to 50 degrees. Body temperature only has to drop 2ᴼ for hypothermia to begin.

    • Add 37 to the number of chirps a cricket makes in 15 seconds to determine the approximate temperature.

    • The body loses heat twenty-five times faster in water than it does in air.

  1. Universal Distress Calls

    • Three is the universal signal number for distress.

    • When you discover you are lost stay where you are. Yell “Help!” or blow a whistle 3 times to signal you are lost. Wait several seconds. Then turn 90 degrees and try again. Keep doing this. If someone yells back, let him come to you. Sometimes echoes may cause you to lose your orientation. Even if someone sounds far away, keep yelling. They may sound this way because they are turned away from you.

  1. S.T.O.P.

    At the moment you realize you are lost you should S.T.O.P. (Sit, Think, Observe, and Plan). The first ten minutes of being lost is when most search fatalities make their deadly mistake. Stay calm. Use your head, not your feet. Staying calm is important to surviving. Use this acronym to remember:

S – Sit down.

T -Think.

O -Observe your surroundings.

P – Prepare for survival by gathering materials.

6. Items Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

According to the Charley Shimanski of Mountain Rescue, there are ten essential items that every hiker and backpacker should carry. They are — 

map


U.S. Geological Survey topographic map and magnetic compass

flashlight


flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs

clothes


extra clothing including mittens, hat,  jacket, and rain gear

sunglasses


sunglasses

 waterfood


extra food and water

matches


waterproof matches in a waterproof container

candles


candle/ fire starter

pocket knife


pocket knife

first aid kit


first aid kit

trash bag


space blanket or two large heavy-duty trash bags

 

  1. Rescue Incidents

    From 1992 to 2007 there were 78,488 individuals involved in 65,439 search and rescue incidents in the United States National Parks.

 

  • 2659 fatalities

  • 24,288 ill or injured individuals

  • 13,212 saves

  1. Rescue Expenses

    Search and rescue operations are expensive. On average, the United States National Park Services responds to 11.2 incidents daily. This costs around $895 per operation.

  • In 1998, Denali Nation Park in Alaska rescued eight climbers by helicopter over the course of five days. This rescue cost more than $220,000. At the time this was the most expensive rescue in history.

  • Grand Teton National Park had a record high of more than $219,000 in 2011. The park completed 33 major searches.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park spent $41,000 to rescue a hiker in May 2014.

  1. Most Common Types of Rescues

    • Hiking ~ 48%

    • Boating ~ 21%

  2. Types of Accidents

    Approximately twenty percent of the National Park Service search and rescue missions result in fatality.

Most Common Fatalities Requiring Search and Rescue

  • Hiking ~ 22.8%

  • Suicides ~ 12.1%

  • Swimming ~ 10.1%

  • Boating ~ 10.1%

Information Sources

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Get a printable version of Ten Interesting Facts
. . . Surviving in the Wilderness.

 

Free Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

Free Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary PaulsenFree Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Free Graphic Organizer to use with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Answer Key Provided

Hatchet Book Unit Samples

Hatchet Book Unit Free Samples

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

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Foreshadowing
  • Lesson 1 on Characters
  • Introduction Lesson for Descriptive Writing

Hatchet Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.Gay Miller

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