Sarcasm Definition and Examples

This figurative language lesson on irony includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

Sarcasm is a difference or contrast between expectations and realities in a circumstance.  Irony is often only recognized well after an original statement or occurrence since it often takes current events to realize the previous remark was completely wrong.

Sarcasm is a remark that people use to say the opposite of what’s true with a purpose to amuse or hurt someone by making them feel foolish. Continue Reading

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Word Find – An Online Boggle Game

Students play this word find game through Google Slides. Students play using both individual ‘secret’ boards and a group board for competition..

Keeping students motivated during distance learning is a real challenge. Learning games are a great way to keep students enthused in addition to providing brain breaks from the routine. Download a free sample of Word Find, a free online Boggle game. This Google Slide activity is set up for distance learning using both individual and shared slides.

The bonus game is simplified. The full set contains 21 games set up in rounds. The game is set up for 4 players; however, it can easily be played with 2 or 3 players. The object of the game is to spot more unique words than your friends. This video provides great instructions for playing. Continue Reading

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Irony Definition, Examples, and Lesson

This figurative language lesson on irony includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

Irony is a difference or contrast between expectations and realities in a circumstance.  Irony is often only recognized well after an original statement or occurrence since it often takes current events to realize the previous remark was completely wrong.

Examples

#1 – Otto Lilienthal, creator of a flying glider, was killed by his own invention after declaring that it was one of the safest ways to travel. Continue Reading

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I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018

I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018

Lauren Tarshis delivers once again with a hit your students are sure to love. I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 contains breath holding moments, likable characters, and a recent disaster that your students will remember from the news.

The Story

Mom and Josh take a trip to Northern California to visit cousins. Josh later learns the trip is to get him away from television and cell service, so he can’t see his dad’s trial. On the day Mom and Josh are to head home, Josh sees Aunt Nicole’s laptop and decides to check out the Yankee scores. Josh discovers an article from the New York Times that says his dad is going to prison for eight months. Continue Reading

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Pun Definition and Examples

This figurative language lesson on puns includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

A pun is a joke misusing  the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings. Continue Reading

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Educational Google Slides Game

Interactive Vocabulary Activity for Google Slides

With many schools starting back at least partly with distance learning, my focus is to create educational Google Slide activities that students will enjoy while learning. These activities are perfect for distance learning and will work well in the classroom when school resumes it normal routine.

This game is based on Scrabble with a few changes. Continue Reading

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Learning with Games

Free Educational Games for Google Slides


For the new school year, many schools will be starting back at least partially with distance learning. Learning with games is a great way to start off the new school year. To help teachers with this, I am creating a set of digital game activities for Google Slides. To know what was already available, (There is no point in reinventing the wheel.) I searched the internet. I found many free resources including templates for creating great educational games for Google Slides. This post is about sharing some great finds.

When the link sends you to a Google Slide you can’t edit, all you need to do is make a copy to your Google Drive. Do this by clicking File > Make a Copy. This makes the activity yours and you can edit it to meet the needs of your subject and students. Continue Reading

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