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Teaching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Teaching Activities

Who doesn’t love Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? With likable characters, magical events, scary moments, and humor, the novel is a hit. In fact, it has sold over 120 million copies making it one of the best sellers of all time!

Summary

Shortly before Harry’s eleventh birthday, letters begin flooding into the Dursley’s home addressed to Harry. Mr. Dursley does everything he can to keep Harry from getting one of the letters. He even takes his family and flees to a secluded island on the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday. At midnight, someone bangs on the door. Hagrid enters and personally gives Harry a letter. The letter is an invitation for Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Continue Reading

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The Bridge Home Teaching Ideas

The Bridge Home Teaching Activities

Are you looking for a great novel to read with your students? The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is a great choice.  

With its empowering story, positive message, and captivating plot, The Bridge Home is a a perfect classroom read aloud or book club novel. Continue Reading

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Teaching Ideas

Activities to do with the Novel Hatchet

Are you looking for a great novel to read with your students? Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a winner. At the end of each school year, I have my students do a survey called The Top Five. Students list their top favorites or dislikes depending on the questions…What are your top favorite projects?…Which activities did you enjoy the most or the least?…I always include the question…List your top five favorite novels of the school year. Hatchet is always in the top five and averages number 1 in most classes.

So, why do students love Hatchet? Continue Reading

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Allies by Alan Gratz

Allies by Alan Gratz

Did you love Alan Gratz’s novel Refugee?  He writes another winner with his newest book Allies. In this book, Gratz tells six separate stories following six different D-Day operations through six different perspectives. If you are looking for a novel your students will love, look no further.

Operation Neptune  – Dee

Sid and Dee arrive at Omaha Beach. As soon as the door to the Higgins boat opens, German machine guns blast the soldiers. When Dee gets out of the boat, he realizes they are in deep water. Sergeant Taylor yells for help because he can’t swim. Dee goes to help him. By the time the two reach shore, Taylor has died from a gunshot wound in Dee’s arms… Continue Reading

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I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919

Lauren Tarshis writes a hit your students are sure to love. I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 contains breath holding moments, likable characters, and an unusual disaster.

When Carmen was three years old, an earthquake shook her Italian village. This was just the beginning a terrifying day. Soon tidal waves swept over the land. Papa scooped up Carmen and tried to outrun the sea, but it soon caught up. He grabbed a shutter and climbed on. Papa placed Carmen on his back and told her to hang on. Continue Reading

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Frindle Novel Study using Boom Learning

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study

Check out Boom Learning Task Cards, a self-scoring interactive tool, with Frindle Novel Study.

What is Boom Learning℠?

Boom Learning℠ takes task cards to the next level. They live in the cloud. Boom Cards can’t be printed. They play on most modern browsers, Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. It is a win-win situation. 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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