Category: Fun Stuff

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Compare and Contrast

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore to teach compare and contrast. This animated short is a beautiful award winning film. After winning 14 smaller awards, it won the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards in 2012. A picture book was created based on the film which makes it ‘fantastic’ as a compare and contrast activity.

In this free sample from Using Animated Shorts to Teach Reading and Writing Skills, students compare The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore to the movie version of The Wizard of Oz which inspired the film. Continue Reading

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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Using the Novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to Promote Reading

Welcome to the Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up.

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this spring. Links to all the posts are found at the end of this post. Before you leave, enter the rafflecopter also found at end of this post. The raffle will be open from 4/6/18 (6:00 AM EST) to 4/11/18 at (6:00 AM EST). We are giving away over $600.00 in prizes including an Apple iPad mini WiFi + gift cards for a total of 8 winners. Have a great time exploring our blog posts, and I wish you luck in the raffle! Continue Reading

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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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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. 

In this animated shorts, students will evaluate the perspective of the main characters. The handout with guiding questions may be found here. 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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