Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach the reading skill cause and effect. 

This post contains the animated short film “Feast” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download the handout, leveled for upper elementary students. Students create a cause and effect chain to summarize the film. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Characters and Settings

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities for teaching characters and settings, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains animated short film “Geri’s Game” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download this handout, leveled for upper elementary students here. Continue Reading

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Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

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

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 of this post to see some ideas for using these pocket charts. 

Instructions for Making the Pocket Charts

Pocket charts can be made in many sizes depending on how you plan to use them. These instructions show how to create a small pocket chart that holds twelve index cards. I used a department store shirt box that has the lid connected to the bottom along one side. When the box is closed flat, it is double in thickness making it sturdy. The flattened box is 11 ½ by 15 inches. This is the perfect size to wrap in standard sized wrapping paper. Corrugated cardboard also works well. Cut it to whatever size you need. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Theme

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your theme lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short film “Mater and the Ghostlight” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. Download the accompanying handout leveled for upper elementary students here. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your perspective lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Oktapodi” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Rose Craft

Create this beautiful rose - super simple and fun for students.

Students will enjoy creating this beautiful yet super easy rose craft. The rose may be used as a simple craft or used to teach dozens of skills.

Teaching Ideas

Cover for Writings for The Secret Garden

Give students a series of writing prompts. The writings may be turned into a book using the rose as a cover. Here is a list of prompts: Continue Reading

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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi FREE Lesson Plans

The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.

What Level is the Story Unit?

Not only is the message a good one, but the book lends itself to covering a number of CCSS skills. The original story measures 6.1 grade equivalent; however, it is a little challenging for sixth graders with its Lexile rating at 940. Due to this, I have also included a simplified version that measures a 4.9 grade equivalent. I made sure that both versions of the story contain the same vocabulary words, making this a perfect unit for differentiated instruction. Continue Reading

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