Effect vs Affect – How many times have students struggled with this troublesome pair? How many papers have you graded that confused these words? Before Common Core State Standards, our state standards gave a long list of troublesome word pairs students had to learn. Teaching this skill was monotonous for both students and teachers. Because of this, I experimented with different teaching methods. This skill hasn’t gone away with Common Core. Instead, it has become more general.
Not only can you get these free Johnny Appleseed vocabulary activities, but check out a slew of additional apple activities for big kids on my updated apple webpages here.
These webpages include figurative language, facts, and teaching ideas. Apple quotes are great for teaching Common Core figurative language standards. Students can refer to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly (another Common Core Standard) with a great list of apple facts. Have students write creatively using apples as a theme. Students can learn to follow directions with the classroom apple recipes. Continue Reading
Get The Gift of the Magi Unit over 4 blog posts. This third post The Gift of the Magi Questions contains constructed response writing questions with organizers for students to plan their writing. Questions include summarizing, theme, course of action, and comparing different versions.Continue Reading
Get The Gift of the Magi Unit over 4 blog posts. This second post The Gift of the Magi Comprehension Questions includes 16 questions including everything from recalling details to sequencing to story elements. The story is also included in this download.
The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who sell their most prized possessions to have money to buy gifts for the other. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.Continue Reading