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Only three weeks left before your excited students begin the summer? This bundle is a survival kit for tired teachers! 80 games, 15 mysteries, a movie, planning their own film locations, sorting characters from their most recent book into a Hogwarts House and making a mini-memory book of their year will keep your classes busy and entertained. All of this fun and challenge comes without creating any work or marking for you.
80 ELA Games
80 fun, educational games are crammed into the vibrant pages of this resource. There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly speeches and riddles to solve. The preview provides peeks into most of the sections. The resource includes a bonus card game: literary devices SNAP! It can also be purchased separately.
Here is a list of just the individual games. All games have an answer key! Most involve speed; the first person to finish is the winner.
Non-rude parts of the body that have three letters.
Words of 4 letters out of the word ‘holiday’
Names of countries that can be made into other words
9 words that can be made from Washington
The longest list of 11 letter words that begin with ‘e’.
The longest list of sports
Book titles and matching author names
The longest word
Anagrams of jobs and professions
10 alternatives to ‘big’
25 alternatives to ‘said’
Top 10 lists, such as biggest countries in the world, the fastest animal in the world, most popular food and drinks, etc.
Literary terms bingo.
Brain Teaser Mini-Mysteries
Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inferential skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, or even bell ringers. Alternatively, early finishing or talented students could read the mysteries on their own. The most obvious methods of using these 15 tales are to read each one out loud or to show them on your screen. The students then guess the solutions. If you want them to work a bit harder, they could record and explain their guesses on the included worksheet, and write their own story, using the guidelines. The solutions are on a different page from the story and its question, so that students cannot see them accidentally; that would really spoil the fun! A few stories are ‘one offs,’ but some characters like riddlers Matt and Sophie, and Mr and Mrs Orange and their twins Pip and Peel, appear in more than one tale.
Included in the resource:
15 vividly illustrated mini mysteries.
An optional tips page, explaining the most common mystery/ riddle clue types.
An optional working page, so students can write down their guesses, and keep a tally of how many mysteries they got right.
A mini-mystery writing advice sheet, to guide students in writing one of their own.
A simple teacher rubric to mark the students’ own mini-mysteries.
Making ANY Middle School book into a movie
This fun setting handout will suit ANY book. Students compete to be chosen as the location scout for a movie studio that is shooting a movie (or remake) of their novel, short story, or play. Their main job is to find local places where TWO of the major settings in the book could be shot. One location is an interior – a room- and one is an exterior. Students also have to decide on other aspects, such as props and furniture, and the weather that the external scene should be recorded in. The third location is one to be built by the movie studio. Students have to design this set themselves.
For every decision they make, they have to write a few sentences justifying their choice. Students are also required to complete simple sketches. A brief rubric is included, and an answer key for the first page, just to get students started.
Character Activity for ANY Novel: Hogwarts Sorting Hat
These fun worksheets will add smiles and relevance to the study of ANY book. Carry the Potter magic over into any novel, short story or play your students have read as they sort four characters, putting one into each of the four Hogwarts houses. These worksheets demand that students show knowledge of their book and some analysis skills because they have to write short justifications of their choices. Students also have to display imagination when they invent their OWN school house, and creativity when they finish off a couple of drawings.
Film Analysis worksheets for ANY ELA movie
These short answer worksheets will provoke thought and help your students focus during and after the watching of ANY movie. The 16 questions on plot, character, and film techniques insist that students give specific examples from the movie to prove their points. No vague or one word answers are allowed! Although the questions are not factual ones - they get the students to really think about such matters as music, symbolism and theme - they are intended for students watching a movie in an ELA class, rather than a specialist film studies course. NO specialist cinematography vocabulary is used. The worksheets come in two different formats to allow you to EDIT if you wish and comprise 4 sides of questions.
End of year Mini-Memory Book
This 10 sided handout guides students to make a fun mini-memory book of their year both in and out of school. In addition to some writing activities, such as a rhyming thank you poem, students have to draw selfies and create word clouds. One cloud will be filled with words about their personality. The other cloud will be filled with words about people or things that have influenced them this year. The instructions to students for the last 3 pages and a sample word cloud are provided separately. This means that if students want to put the word clouds up on a classroom wall (or their bedroom wall), the pages have only THEIR words on it.
Table of contents
Student cover -add name
Me - this year! Facts Sheet
Highlights of my year: the details
My selfie page
Thank you poem
Me - next year!
Instructions to students for the remaining activities
My word cloud
My influences word cloud
Achievement / appreciation certificate
End of Year Impromptu Speaking Topics
Challenging but fun! These 32 end of year speaking topics will make a perfect year ending to any ELA class. Students randomly draw a topic, have a couple of minutes to make a few notes, then speak for a minute or two each, either to the whole class, or in groups of 5 or 6. A small peer feedback handout is included – ‘Two terrifics and a tweak’ .
Want to get students to debate class novels or plays at the end of the year? Try this resource:
Debate ANY novel or play!
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