Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Christmas Shorts to Teach Mood and Tone

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your mood and tone lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short “The Girl and the Cloud” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. In this exercise, students will compare and contrast the film version of the story to the online storybook. “The Girl and the Cloud” interactive storybook may be found here. The handout may be found here. Continue Reading

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Boom Learning™ – Interactive Task Cards

Free Author's Purpose Digital Task Cards Hosted by Boom Learning

Be sure you click on the link at the bottom of this post
for a free Boom Learning™ deck.

The Search

Teachers are so overwhelmed with hundreds of daily tasks. I wanted to add something to my book units to make their lives easier. Continue Reading

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Four Cipher Codes to use when creating Secret Messages

Four Fun Codes for Your Students to Enjoy Deciphering

Using cipher codes is a great way to get reluctant students writing. Present one or more of these cipher codes. Build up the suspense by discussing how spies carried secret assault plans through enemy lines using various codes. Be sure to grab the printable at the bottom of the post.

Caesar Cipher

Sending coded messages during times of war has been around for centuries. In Julius Caesar’s code, you shift the letters of the alphabet. In this example, the letters shift three spaces to the left. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Main Idea and Details

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

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

This post contains the animated short film “Lifted” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. The post contains a handout leveled for upper elementary students to help students find the main idea and supporting details for this film. Download the handout here. Continue Reading

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Four Word Activities with Free Printables

Four Free Fun Word Activity Printables

Four word activities are explained. At the bottom of the post, you will find a handout link. The handout contains a printable for each activity for you to try each of these activities with your students. These word games will have your students thinking ‘out of the box’ in no time at all.

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your summarizing lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Peck Pocketed” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. You can also download a handout containing a graphic organizer to help students write a “Somebody Wanted But So” statement.

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Inference

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities, try using animated shorts to teach inference skills. This post contains the animated short film “Lonely Island” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. 

In the accompanying handout, students will summarize, infer, and make predictions. You can download the handout here. Continue Reading

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