I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018

I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018

Lauren Tarshis delivers once again with a hit your students are sure to love. I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 contains breath holding moments, likable characters, and a recent disaster that your students will remember from the news.

The Story

Mom and Josh take a trip to Northern California to visit cousins. Josh later learns the trip is to get him away from television and cell service, so he can’t see his dad’s trial. On the day Mom and Josh are to head home, Josh sees Aunt Nicole’s laptop and decides to check out the Yankee scores. Josh discovers an article from the New York Times that says his dad is going to prison for eight months. Continue Reading

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Pun Definition and Examples

This figurative language lesson on puns includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

A pun is a joke misusing  the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings. Continue Reading

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Educational Google Slides Game

Interactive Vocabulary Activity for Google Slides

With many schools starting back at least partly with distance learning, my focus is to create educational Google Slide activities that students will enjoy while learning. These activities are perfect for distance learning and will work well in the classroom when school resumes it normal routine.

This game is based on Scrabble with a few changes. Continue Reading

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Learning with Games

Free Educational Games for Google Slides


For the new school year, many schools will be starting back at least partially with distance learning. Learning with games is a great way to start off the new school year. To help teachers with this, I am creating a set of digital game activities for Google Slides. To know what was already available, (There is no point in reinventing the wheel.) I searched the internet. I found many free resources including templates for creating great educational games for Google Slides. This post is about sharing some great finds.

When the link sends you to a Google Slide you can’t edit, all you need to do is make a copy to your Google Drive. Do this by clicking File > Make a Copy. This makes the activity yours and you can edit it to meet the needs of your subject and students. Continue Reading

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Oxymoron Definition, Examples, and Lesson

This figurative language lesson on oxymoron includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

Oxymoron is a figure of speech which contains words that seem conflicting to one another. Continue Reading

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Writing Lesson Plans that Work

Get your Sunday afternoons back by ignoring the newest trend for lesson plan writing. Find a plan that works for you and stick to it.

Have you ever noticed how quickly educational trends change? Today the best program, fad, or technique is a must and even a requirement for teachers. A year or two later, take out the old and bring in the new. Teachers can soon become overwhelmed with keeping up. Writing lesson plans is one area this is obvious. Continue Reading

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Malapropism Definition, Examples, and Lesson

This figurative language lesson on malapropism includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

A malaprop is a mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect. The term came from the eighteenth-century play The Rivals by Richard Sheridan. Throughout the play, Mrs. Malaprop purposely made blunders by mixing up similar sounding words for humor. From this came the new words: Malaprop and malapropism.

Over time the definition of Malaprop has been refined. A Malaprop must contain three features: Continue Reading

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