2019 archive

Broken: Rock Paper Scissors

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film Broken: Rock, Scissors, Paper brings to life the child’s game with three fantastical characters.  Continue Reading

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Sharing Our Blessings – A Thank You Giveaway

Sharing Our Blessings - A Thank You Giveaway

When asked what I am thankful for, the first thing that comes to mind is family. A terrific husband, two of the best kids ever. Plus grandparents who are now in heaven, parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and and hopefully one day grandkids. 

Sharing our Blessings – A Thanksgiving Gift for You

In honor of this time of sharing our blessings, this group of upper elementary bloggers are hosting this special blog hop! The first part includes sharing a paid resource for just two days [Sunday 11/24 and Monday 11/25]. See the end of this post for the other blogger’s posts with great freebies. Here is the link to my free product. Remember, it won’t be free until Sunday. 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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Different Ways to Start Sentences

FREE Teaching Ideas & Activities for Teaching Different Was to Start Sentences from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Students should use different ways to start sentences. Teaching students to use a variety of sentence structures can greatly improve their writing. Begin by having students write a short passage. This can be on any topic including narratives or nonfiction. Next have students use highlighters to underline the first word in each sentence. Students will be surprised that their sentences often begin with the same words repeated over and over.

Go over some ways to begin sentences other than the typical subject-verb sentence structure. Then have students rewrite their passages making sure that every sentence begins with a different word. Turn the activity into a challenge by seeing how many different sentence beginning methods students can use in their passages. Continue Reading

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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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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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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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