Boom Learning Hashtag Sale

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study

I have some sensational super exciting news that is going to make you skip and jump. Starting tomorrow Boom Learning℠ is having a hashtag sale.

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Teaching Vocabulary with Index Cards

FREE Mini Posters for Teaching Types of Words - Turn them into an anchor chart. The included black-lined copies make great interactive notebook reference pages.

Teaching vocabulary with index cards is a fun yet effective method. Here’s how:

Step #1

On one side of the index card, students write the vocabulary word in large letters so that it may be used as a response card. For daily practice, students spread their index cards with the words facing up on their desktops. The teacher calls out definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or sentences with missing words. Students locate the correct word and hold up the card. This is a great way for the teacher to check to determine if students need additional practice or if most know the words. Also, each student is participating with each teacher request – ‘the every student, every time theory.’ Continue Reading

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Johnny Appleseed Free Teaching Materials

Vocabulary from Gay

Not only can you get these free Johnny Appleseed vocabulary activities, but check out a slew of additional apple activities for big kids on my updated apple webpages here.

These webpages include figurative language, facts, and teaching ideas. Apple quotes are great for teaching Common Core figurative language standards. Students can refer to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly (another Common Core Standard) with a great list of apple facts. Have students write creatively using apples as a theme. Students can learn to follow directions with the classroom apple recipes.  Continue Reading

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Ancient Egypt Unit for Upper Elementary

Ancient Egypt Unit with Free Unit Sample

Are you looking for a unit to teach Ancient Egypt? Look no further. This unit has it all. Digital, printable, and interactive activities make this unit both engaging and flexible.

Ancient Egypt Unit Routine

This unit contains nine lessons on Ancient Egypt. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 10 is set aside for a unit test and for students to present their individual/group projects. Continue Reading

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Teaching Measurement – Free Interactive Resources

Measurement Unit - Many FREE Activities to use with Students

Teach measurement with these device response, interactive web pages. I am super excited about my measurement activities. Years ago when I was first learning how to build web pages, this was one of my first projects. The programs and codes I originally used were so outdated that only about a third of the pages worked. Now everything is in full working order, device responsive, and interactive. YEAH!  Here’s what you will find.

Reference Materials

Several reference charts provide illustrations for each measurement unit. Continue Reading

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Teaching Reading using the Animated Short The Box

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film The Box is based on real events that are taking place in Syria. The film is meant to educate the world about the struggles the Syrians are facing.  Continue Reading

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Tracker by Gary Paulsen Teaching Ideas

Tracker by Gary Paulsen Teaching Ideas

Two weeks prior to the first scene in the book, Grandpa learns the doctors have done everything possible to rid him of his cancer. Doctors give him a few months to live. This devastates his grandson John. John came to live with his grandparents on their farm in northern Minnesota after the death of his parents in a plane crash when he was four.   Continue Reading

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