Category: Fun Stuff

One Small Step – Teaching with Animated Shorts

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film One Small Step follows  a young Chinese American girl from age six when she first witnesses a rocket launching to her success in finally walking on the moon. Continue Reading

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Educational Classroom Games

Educational Classroom Games - 10 Questions - A Fun Learning Activity

Can we play a game? Students ask teachers this question daily. Finding great educational classroom games challenges teachers to think outside the box. 

Tips for Playing Educational Classroom Games

    1.  Ask Siri on an any Apple Device.

    Talking to Siri is a quick way to get things done. Siri can flip a coin, pick a card, or roll a dice. Siri will also pick a random number. Ask Siri to set a timer. Students can also use Siri to search the web for answers to questions they don’t know. Continue Reading

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Teaching with the Animated Short Crow: The Legend

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

Crow The Legend is a phenomenal animated short film. It features an all-star cast, is beautiful, and teaches a great lesson. Continue Reading

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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays Idea 1 - Quick and Easy Pocket Chart - Read how to make this simple pocket chart from materials you have around the house.

Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’

Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts 

Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts.  Continue Reading

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Animated Short Distracted versus Dear Alice

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated shorts Distracted and Dear Alice tell similar stories of two young girls who crave the attention of their parents. The parents are too distracted by their cell phones to give their daughters the attention they need. 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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Chocolate in the Classroom

Teaching Ideas using Chocolate

Do you want to keep students excited about learning? Try using the theme of chocolate. Students will love reading books about chocolate. Playing games with a chocolate theme is fun. Eating chocolate is also a must. Check out the newly updated “Chocolate in the Classroom” section of the Book Units Teacher website for ideas. Here’s what you will find. 

Chocolate Timeline

In the “History of Chocolate” you will find a timeline. A group of my students created this timeline as part of a project a number of years ago. Unfortunately, it is six pages long. YIKES! Students would be bored-out-of-their-minds trying to read through the timeline. Because of this, I created a scavenger hunt to make finding details fun. Students skim through the facts to find specific dates or information from these webpages. They add the information to the printable creating their own mini-timelines. Download the free printable here to get started. Students can use the timeline to write a paragraph similar to this one. Continue Reading

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