Category: Free Sample Activities

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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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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Stargirl Book Teaching Ideas

Stargirl Teaching Ideas, Free Activity, Book Unit Samples

Stargirl starts on the first day of eleventh grade for our narrator, Leo Borlock. The buzz around the school is, “Did you see the new girl?” Stargirl goes to school for the first time as a tenth grader. Up till then, she had been home schooled. Due to Stargirl’s unusual behavior including carrying her pet rat to school, singing while playing the ukulele at lunch, wearing strange clothing, and so on, most students peg her as an outcast even though she is extremely friendly to everyone. Leo develops a crush on Stargirl. He even follows her one day after school just to see where she is headed. He discovers that she is delivering a congratulations card to a stranger.

After attending a football game in which Stargirl runs across the football field playfully cheering and stirring up the crowd, she is asked to join the cheer leading squad. Students began to like her. At this point, students love Stargirl’s upbeat, quirky actions.  People begin attending the football games, not to watch the game, but to see Stargirl’s playful antics including cheering for the opposing team. By Thanksgiving, Stargirl is the most popular person at the school. Continue Reading

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster

Sweep: the Story of a Girl and her Monster Free Book Unit Samples

  Activities for Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster
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I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944

I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 Teaching Ideas

In I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944, eleven-year old Paul lived a carefree life until the Nazis invaded his town in Normandy, France. Soon, his father and best friend Gerard were sent to work camps in Germany. Paul sees his favorite teacher, Mr. Leon, get shot and killed right before his eyes. Food and money are scarce. Nazi soldiers are everywhere and life is difficult.

The novel opens at the climax… Continue Reading

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Activities

Teaching Activities for Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys begins with the death of twelve-year-old Jerome Rogers and slowly unfolds through a series of flashbacks. Jerome lives in an improvised neighborhood in Chicago. His walk to school is dangerous including going past drug dealers. Jerome is bullied for being a good student.

One day a new kid comes to school, Carlos Rodríguez. Jerome knows right away that he is going to be a target for bullies. Jerome decides to help Carlos by showing him how to grab his lunch then eat it in the upstairs restroom. Unfortunately, the bullies find the two and begin beating on Carlos. Jerome draws the attention of the bullies away from Carlos. When he does, Carlos pulls out a gun. The bullies back down and leave. Carlos tells Jerome the gun is just a toy made from plastic. He carried it to school because he was afraid. Continue Reading

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How to Eat Fried Worms Book Unit Ideas

How to Eat Fried Worms Book Unit

In How to Eat Fried Worms, Billy makes a bet with his friend Alan that he can eat 15 worms, one each day, for fifteen days. Tom plans to be Billy’s second, or witness. Joe is going to be Alan’s second. Joe and Alan plan all sorts of schemes to win the bet. In one funny part of the story, Billy pretends that eating the worm has made him crazy. He goes around flapping his arms like a chicken. Students will love reading this hilarious book. 

FREE Teaching Ideas for How to Eat Fried Worms

Activity #1 Pom-Pom Worms

While reading How to Eat Fried Worms, students made worms from pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and wiggly eyes. Every year after I know the novels I plan to teach, I love browsing the pages of Oriental Trading to see what cute, easy projects they provide. Their craft kits are very reasonable priced. Here is a link if you would like to check out this company. Continue Reading

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