Category: Literacy

5 Halloween Activities

Add a little fun to Halloween with these Ten Interesting Facts. Grab the facts in pdf form making them easy to share for distance learning. Great for upper elementary students.

Add a little fun to Halloween with these five activities. First, students will practice reading a table of information and then have a trivia scavenger hunt to learn some interesting facts about Halloween. The interesting topics are fun to research and to learn about. Students will also learn how to write an analogy poem. Your students won’t grumble over this unusual writing assignment. A Halloween craftivity is included. The craftivity includes a writing space where students can add their own Halloween trivia or Halloween analogy poem. The end result makes a terrific bulletin board. Finally, activities for two Halloween picture books will add a little pizazz to your classes.

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5 Analogy Activities for Middle Schoolers

Five Analogy Activities

Teaching analogies is a great way to improve vocabulary skills beginning in the upper elementary grades. The Common Core State Standards include analogies beginning in seventh grade; however, teaching relationships between words begins with the younger grades.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5.c Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.

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Five Analogy Activities

Five Analogy Activities

Analogies are such an important skill for students to master. Many standardized tests use analogies to check for vocabulary mastery. Common Core states that 4th graders should “Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).” This makes 4th grade a great time for teachers to introduce analogies. Begin by practicing with just synonyms and antonyms.

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Roald Dahl Day

Ideas and Free Resources for Roald Dahl Day

Every year Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on September 13, Dahl’s birthday. Have an exceptional Roald Dahl Day with some of these resources!

So, who was Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl was a children’s author of many best-selling children’s books. In fact, he wrote 19 of them selling more than 250 million copies worldwide. Before Dahl started his writing career, he lived an interesting life. Continue Reading

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Summarizing Strategies

Learn about summarizing. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Teaching students to summarize text can be one of the most difficult skills you tackle during this school year. This post offers six summarizing strategies to try. It also contains some general rules for students to follow as well as stem questions to look for on tests.

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Five Ways to Teach Theme in Literature

Learn about theme. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.

General Summarizing Rules

This anchor chart hangs in my classroom when I first introduce a lesson on finding the theme. The steps are really simple, but I often hear students quoting the 4 ideas for finding themes, so I know it is helpful. You’ll find these 4 ideas in the printable. Continue Reading

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The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Learn about plot development. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Plot development is often compared to climbing a mountain or riding a roller coaster. Students really relate to the roller coaster analogy. Here is how it works:

The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Exposition

When you first get on the roller coaster a voice over a loudspeaker gives background information such as when the coaster was built, how long the ride will last, or how high or fast you will be traveling. The exposition also gives background information. It is the introduction of the story. The exposition contains the setting and introduces the main characters. Readers need this information to understand a story. Continue Reading

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