The Tiger Rising Book Activities

Teaching Ideas to use with the novel The Tiger Rising


In the novel, The Tiger Rising, twelve year old Rob walks through the woods near his Florida home, he stumbles upon a caged tiger. The same day, he meets a girl named Sistine Bailey. Rob is full of bottled up emotions. Before long, he begins confiding his feelings with Sistine. Rob even shows Sistine the tiger. When she sees it, she insists they let it go. This leads to tragedy.

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Character Traits

Have students use easek.ly to create character maps of Sistine and Rob. Continue Reading

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The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

Teaching Ideas to use with the novel  The Westing Game

Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices.

Once the tenants move in, sixteen are invited to a reading of Sam Westing’s will. The heir who can figure out how he died wins Westing’s entire fortune. Continue Reading

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The Dark is Rising Teaching Ideas

The Dark is Rising Teaching Ideas

Will Stanton, the seventh son of a seventh son, learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the last of the ‘Old Ones.’ These are people with ancient knowledge of the Light. The Old Ones have special powers and a destiny to save the world. Will receives instructions to go on a quest to collect six signs. These six signs form a the completed Circle to ward off the forces of the Dark.

Readers cheer Will in hopes that he will be able to collect the signs in time to beat the Dark. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 3 - Free Lesson using the story of Aladdin


This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here:


In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. Your students will love reading this great story. Go to the end of the post for handouts. Everything is provided for a print and go lesson.
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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Book Activities

Gregor the Overlander - Teaching  Ideas for the Book

Before she wrote The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins wrote the Underland Chronicles. In the first book of the series is Gregor the Overlander.

Gregor and his baby sister fall through a grate. In just moments, they go from their apartment building in New York City to a fantastical subterranean world. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 2 - Free Lesson using the stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here.

In this lesson students are going to do the following: Continue Reading

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Activities to use with the Book The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Teaching Ideas for The Goldfish Boy

In The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, twelve-year-old Matthew suffers from OCD. He is afraid to leave his bedroom where he has complete control over how clean the space is. Matthew spends his days looking out his bedroom window at the neighbors in the cul-de-sac, cleaning his room, and recording what the neighbors are doing in a notebook.

One day two small children come to stay with his next door neighbor, their granddad, for the summer. The young girl, Casey, calls Matthew the goldfish boy because he stays behind his glass window watching but never interacting with the neighbors. Continue Reading

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