You can improve your students’ writing by teaching the differences between passive and active voice. This post includes an anchor chart going over the differences, a sorting activity, and a writing activity.
Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on a nonfictional story of a young girl who was stranded for 18 years on an island off the coast of California during the 19th century. The story was turned into a children’s novel by Scott O’Dell in 1960. For years students have enjoyed reading this fantastic tale of courage.
With this post, I have included some constructive response question samples. I hope you will enjoy them. At the bottom of this page, you can follow the link to find the full unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.Continue Reading
Tuck Everlasting is about ten year old Winnie who is stifled by the strict rules her family has set. She decides to run away into the nearby woods. There she finds the Tucks. This family is extremely different from her own. The anchor chart below helps students see some of these differences.
Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a 10 year old orphan whose mother died four years earlier. The year is 1936. This is during the Great Depression. Bud is taken in by the Amoses who think Bud is a troublemaker. They lock him in the shed, and Bud runs away. Bud goes to the library looking for Miss Hill. She has moved away. Instead Bud sees his friend Bugs who is running away out west. Bud joins him hoping to find his father. Bugs and Bud get separated when Bud is too slow to catch the train. Bud goes to the library to research the walking distance to Grand Rapids where he believes his father is. While walking to Grand Rapids, Bud meets Lefty Lewis who gives him a ride. Bud finally reaches Grand Rapids and finds Herman Calloway, the man he believes is his father. Herman Calloway is an old coot who denies he has a son.
Why Read the Novel?
Bud, Not Buddy is a terrific choice for a class novel study for several reasons:Continue Reading
Check out these great upper elementary compound word activities. A detailed word list shows when to close or hyphenate a number of compound words. The foldable organizer words well with advanced or simple words. Games and activities will make learning fun.
Compound Anchor Chart
This simple anchor chart took just a few seconds to create. First write a words that can be turned into compound words on sticky notes. Then place these in a random fashion on a table. Students come to the table and select two words that will form a compound word. Next the student places the sticky notes on the chart.Continue Reading