When I was student teaching, I created this PowerPoint presentation while I was teaching the novel Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse. Two ailments the main character suffers from are Typhus and Ringworm. I wanted my students to better understand these illnesses, so we completed definition maps as
The unit for grades 6 - 9 consists of short studies of novels written in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century by authors such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley.
Such novels are considered classics and were probably considered fantasy at the time of their writing, but so
Social studies, science, reading and writing activities!
This is a cross-curricular unit on Antarctica to accompany the classic, "Mr. Popper's Penguins" by Richard and Florence Atwater. The story is one that I enjoyed in first grade, and now I read it aloud to my first graders!
In addition to act
An excellent and complete reading comprehension packet for the high-interest, low-level book from the Disaster Strikes series, Tornado Alley by Marlane Kennedy! (available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from Scholastic, to name a few)
My students love this book, and these questions help me det
Research an endangered species that most people have never heard of--the tuatara! Based on the included article, students research and fill out a worksheet as if they are "interviewing" the animal itself.
The Nocturnals Science Guides for The Ominous Eye contain lessons and activity sheets that are
Tunnel Through Time. Lester de Rey. Novel Study.
Tunnel Through Time is a great science fiction novel that mixes fact with fiction in a way that fascinates adventure loving boys and hooks them into reading. Written by American science fiction writer Lester de Rey, it is a time travel adventure bac
Engage students in a conversation or discussion about the deeper connections that Mitty's favorite song, Heroes, has in context of the story.
Suggestion: play the song or music video for students before the discussion.
Handout includes the song lyrics and two discussion questions. Enjoy!
This novel is about a young Scottish doctor in the 1920's and his struggle with the medical issues and ethics of his day. This novel is great for generating discussion of work ethics, medical ethics and other modern issues. The packet includes homework questions for each chapters, three tests for
Before I read Jane Goodall's "My Life with the Chimpanzees" with my class, I have them watch Disney's documentary "Chimpanzee" to help them visualize the setting and key ideas of the novel.
This documentary companion guide has just a few simple questions that will both help students hone their lis
Unleashed a Swindle Mystery by Gordon Korman novel study. This includes comprehension questions for each chapter. This novel study includes lines for your students to write in. Easy to use; just print and go. This has 21 pages total including the answer key. Great to use with guided reading, homewor
This lesson was designed as a reading activity for Chapter 2 of the novel Hachiko Waits.
- explain the responsibilities of pet owners, specifically how pet owners can raise a happy, healthy pet.
- refer to details from informational articles to support their opinions and ideas about
Imagine that you had just finished the sixth grade, and you were all set to have a fun summer of basketball with your buddies. Then, your parents break the news to you. You are going to get to go to Grandma's house just outside of Forest Lawn, Washington! The last time you saw her you were just a to
GET READY FOR A HILARIOUS INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE FAIR!
The direction of science in future centuries is limited only by the imagination. Science fairs provide fertile soil for imaginative young scientists, but how do you design a creative science fair project and then control it once you do?
Here is a compare and contrast map to use as part of a Historic Novel Study.
I encourage students to write at least 5 points in each category. They should be encouraged to write distinct differences rather than opposites of each other in the difference columns.
This map can be tied into SOLO work
Awakening on the damp, cold floor of a black-as-midnight cave, a young man struggles to free his hands that are bound behind him.
Why is he here? As his hands break free, he reaches up to touch his eyes. Is he blind? He fingers a binding that covers his eyes. He hears a voice. Whose voice is it? It
This is activity uses articles from Newsela.com to expand students' understanding of disease outbreaks like the one depicted in the novel. Article links and a rubric are included. A free newsela.com account is required.
Articles can be leveled to make this a heterogeneous group project. It can