About Carolyn Wilhelm

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author and sole owner of Books and Jams site and blog. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years. She writes for The New Book Review and Sharing with Writers and Readers.
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How to Use Google Slides, Jams, and Escape Rooms from this Blog

How to Use Google Slides, Jams, and Escape Rooms from this Blog

Google Slides may be new to some readers and so I am writing this post about how to access and add the freebies on this blog to your own Google Drive. When a link is provided, the reader is invited to “make a copy” to his or her own Google Drive. Google Drive is free and online.  It is not a program that may be downloaded.  It is free for teachers and students at this point in time. It is useful for schools and homeschools, as well. The programs are online only.

Only Gmail will access these programs, and not other email services. I get many questions about why a file didn’t download from people not using Gmail. With Gmail, free apps and services are included such as:

Google Drive

Google Jamboards

Google Slides

Google Forms

Google Sheets (spreadsheets)

Google Websites

The benefits of Google Drive Resources Include:

• Students can access the materials from anywhere they have access to their Google Drive.
• Students work directly in the file.
• Increased student engagement.
• It is paperless.
• No printing is required; however, if you wish to print, it will look great!
• No lost assignments, and in fact, a history of all the work is kept in the slides
• Google Drive is completely free for teachers and students.

Students may work independently or collaboratively, as directed by the teacher. Work is turned in through email or Google Drive folders.  This approach is being used in 1:1 classrooms, and classrooms using one iPad or Chrome book per student. It is part of Google Classroom but may otherwise just be used in Google Drive.

Google slides are quite interesting. First, the teacher can email the link to students who have their own free Google Drive. Some schools have Google classroom and the entire school is on a free program that organizes all students and teachers.  Or students can get free accounts under the supervision of the school. This requires access to a computer for each child at least part of the time.

Teachers can give different levels of students different levels of work more easily, assisting classroom differentiation.

Google slides does not correct the work, so the teacher does so online. Although Google slides are an app, they are not games. They are not self-correcting.  The teacher still corrects work and can add comments. However, Google forms may be set to correct student work! It depends which program is being used. See what is being offered for whatever file is being accessed.

There are a few ways to turn in work. One, the teacher may have a folder in the student google drives and students place finished work there. The teacher has to open the folder and look at the work online and free. Or, students email the finished work link to the teacher. Or for homeschools, the parent can look at the finished pages right on the computer.  Or, work can be printed and turned in to the done basket, if wanted.

The REALLY interesting part is there is a history of the work, which can be done individually or collaboratively by a group of students. Teacher comments can be added to the side of slides. As slides are revised the program keeps a record including what the teacher said. The slides can be emailed or shared back and forth several times in the case of a big research project.  There is no more telling the teacher something was worked on for two weeks as the history shows the truth such as: it was only worked on last night.

There are additional Google apps such as classroom forms and those can be graded more easily with some automaticity and additional apps. I learned about making Google Slides from a variety of sources including searching for YouTube videos, Danielle Knight Teaching’s Google Drive Toolkit, a blog post at Cult of Pedagogy, an online class about Google Slides Basics for teachers as well as students and beginning a Google Certified Educator online course. I feel I am still learning, and the possibilities with Google Apps are wonderful.  Hopefully, at some point, I can make some work pages easy for grading. Still, the student would have to get the corrected work and feedback through the teacher online and/or by seeing grades.

Because Google drives is free and online, students can work at home. Parents can see their child’s google drive and see what is being learned. I suppose they could even help with homework in the child’s drive from their child’s computer.

It is nice for homeschools to have an electronic record of what was learned and the work history also, and to save money on printing.

Not everyone is using Google drive as yet. Much of Canada is using Microsoft’s OneDrive instead. Another new course to take would be OneDrive.

Technology is providing for new and exciting ways to learn!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Jam and Google Slides Game for Climate Change Captives 2035

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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE has a new student Jam (Jamboard) and a Google Slides game for classrooms. Google files are accessible with Gmail and not other types of email. I often get questions about such files, so here is a link about how to Google Slides from this blog. Now I’m starting to make Jams, which is so much fun! What happens is the teacher or parent makes a copy of each file wanted instead of editing my original files.

So, these files may be used without having the book on hand for the most part, but there will be several frames and slides that will not make sense without it.  I’ve already made a free instant-download PDF book companion.

The word search uses the ten words selected by Lexile.com Find a Book tool. Then, I selected some words myself to finish the puzzle.

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In the story, Kalli likes to bake cookies and is worried that when she gets to the City Center she won’t have an opportunity to do so. So this frame is to work around her neighborhood in order using decimals and fractions from lowest to highest. Students will add keys to point the way. A solution is provided, and teachers should make two copies of the entire file first, providing their students with a copy without answers. Teachers may wish to remove some of the slides, as well, depending on the teaching situation.

 
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Robert’s father has a long journey back to finding him and Grandfather. In the end, a teacher at the school helps him to surprise Robert at a small celebration. For this frame, students will find their way to the teacher. This involves being in the woods and knocking on a door that might not open.

 
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Tristan is Kalli’s older brother and knows his way around Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges is one place he has been to several times. He is a mathematician and so estimates measurements accurately. In this frame, students match numbers of meters to solve the questions.

 
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The store outside the city center is rather run down. It used to be a beauty shop and now displays cans of soup in the hair washing sinks. Downstairs is a combination thrift shop and grocery store. Upstairs is where the electronic devices, nice games, art supplies, and so on are found. Students label the items as to their location, up or downstairs.

 
The Google Slides Game is Chimchardy
 

The game in Google Slides is Chimchardy (a combination of climate change and Jeopardy). It is played in Google Slides on Slide Show mode, however, as you probably know there is no automatic scoring in Google. The best idea I have is to keep the Jam Frame open for scoring by pulling numbers, and then have the game open in Google Slides, toggling back and forth. Or perhaps ask a student keep score on a tablet or different device with the Jam frame.

 
Laughter aboard the Slip Away
 

Ah, yes, some of the people who perpetrated climate change slip away into space before facing any court cases. In outer space, they dodge meteorites and have to fly carefully to try to get to an earth-like planet. They do not make their destination in book one, but perhaps when book two comes out.

 

I hope some people find the book and supporting materials useful. Thank  you for reading, Carolyn

 
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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

Little Art City on the Prairie Book
 

Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

Little Art City on the Prairie describes the beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area. The location inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is also known as Carousel City. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to merely exist (perhaps becoming obsolete), and turned to its arts council for ideas. Now the little city is known as an art town. The Faulkton Area Economic Development Corporation is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the economic health of the area. In a stroke of luck, they were able to hire Australian artist Guido Van Helten to add huge art to the local grain elevator. They are doing a superb job at making the town an attraction and also enjoyable to residents.

This story is based on a trip to the author’s father’s hometown in South Dakota after many years’ absence. The visit turned into a writing piece which then became this book. The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the authors. Available in paperback or for Kindle on Amazon

 
 
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Australian artist Guido Van Helten added the huge art to the local grain elevator.

 
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The town is now full of murals and color to entertain visitors who most certainly will want to drive around town. It is a great town for taking selfies.

 
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The Pickler Mansion is in Faulkton, SD, Gary Wilhelm’s hometown. This “pink” mansion is famous for several reasons, including the fact famous people visited the home. Susan B. Anthony was one such visitor!

  
 
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The Pickler Mansion was donated to the town. Everything is original to the home as the owners intended for it to become a museum.

  
 
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The town’s one-room schoolhouse is part of the Pickler Mansion museum experience.

  
 
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The interior of the one-room-schoolhouse shows educational classrooms of long ago.

Thank you for reading! This book is available on Amazon.

Below please see more information about the Pickler Mansion and efforts by the historical society to keep it open to the public.

 
 

Thank you for reading!

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

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Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class – in our Premium Area

by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

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Ant-Man Movie Discussion Questions & Word Search Free PDF

Ant-Man Movie Discussion Questions & Word Search Free PDF
 

Ant-Man is a popular film since 2015 with shrinking and enlarging of cars, toys, and characters. I think the writers either didn’t have or had too many toys as a child and loves to be playful with scripts. Although a Marvel action film, with the toys, and scenes with Cassie, help children feel calm (mostly). If you do not like ants, this film may not be for you. Teachers could use this in a choice center for fast finishers or as a warm-up or send-off for class.

 
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Page one may be used designate the Ant-Man center area. Only print pages wanted in the PDF, which will download at the next link.

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The discussion questions might be used before writing a similar story with items that change size or shape.

 
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Questions could be asked at the end of a class day for those students who are familiar with the film. Keep the class thinking before the final bell.

 
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The movie review form is simple but could be elaborated upon.

 
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Of course, an answer key for the word search is provided.

 
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A coloring page is provided for differentiation.

 

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
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Ant-Man

Free PDF with film discussion questions, a word search, coloring page, and movie review form, at the blog post.

 
 
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Chasing Coral Film and Into the Deep Book

Free instant download PDF with discussion questions for the book as well as the movie.

See the full blog post with more information on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Crazy Rich Asians Book and Movie Discussion Questions PDF

Free instant download PDF with discussion questions for the book as well as the movie.

See the full blog post with more information on The New Book Review.

 
 
Green Book Movie and Original 1940 Book Discussion Questions for Book Groups
 

Green Book Movie and Original 1940 Book Discussion Questions for Book Groups PDF

Free PDF with discussion questions for the book as well as the movie.

See the full blog post with more information on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Hidden Figures Book and Movie Discussion Questions

Free PDF with discussion questions for the book and movie.

A full blog post with more information is on The New Book Review.

 
 
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The Midnight Sky

The film is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story starring George Clooney, Felicity Jones, and David Oyelewo. It is a thought-provoking, sad Netflix movie about how the world might end. Film discussion questions only, download here.

 
 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Discussion Questions
 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Discussion Questions PDF

Free PDF with discussion questions for the movie.

A full blog post with more information is on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Howl’s Moving Castle Book and Movie Discussion Questions PDF

Free PDF with discussion questions for the book as well as the movie.

See the full blog post with additional information on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

by Sir David Attenborough

PDF discussion questions download here

At this post, please find a free PDF with discussion questions for the book and film.

 
 
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My Octopus Teacher

Free PDF with discussion questions for the movie only (no book that I know of).

See the full blog post with further information on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Revenant Movie and Book Review and Discussion Questions

The Revenant was a film. A shorter nonfiction text account of Hugh Glass is available on Kindle Unlimited, and is only 17 pages long. Lord Grizzly (by Frederick Manfred, Buckskin Man Tales),  is a more complete and longer account.

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Stories of Your Life by Ted Chang and Arrival the Movie Discussion Questions PDF

Free PDF with discussion questions for the book as well as The Arrival movie.

See the full blog post with further information on The New Book Review.

 

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Gardening Printable and Fairy Garden Activity and Free PDF

This post has a free gardening theme printable for Pre-K through 1. Basic vocabulary, color by number, coloring pages, and patterning are included.

In Minnesota, we still have some freezing temperatures at night in May, so we wanted to plant after all danger of frost was past. It was difficult to wait! Minnesota has the most northerly point in the contiguous USA in the Northwest Angle, Minnesota, at 49º 23’N. A map shows that Minnesota is not so far north as other states until you check the latitude. It is finally our turn for spring.

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Climate Change Earth Day Printable Informational Text and Writing

Climate Change Earth Day Printable Informational Text and Writing

Printable climate change informational text fill in the blank, draw, and write for Earth Day to inform students about pollution. A few lines of a poem runs through the pages, and it completes on one of the final pages. There is a children’s YouTube video suggestion to accompany the pages.

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Work-pages to print PDF

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This is a sample of one of the work pages to use with the word bank.
 
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The last page in the 29 page printable has all the phrases from the work pages speech bubbles and is the full poem.
 
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The printable pages begin with a word bank used in the work pages that are informative about climate change.
 
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There are several blank writing frames, as well as this writing prompt.
 
I hope some teachers find this useful.
Thank you for reading,
Carolyn
 
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Clare O’Beara Environmental Journalist and Award-Winning Author

Clare O’Beara is a tree surgeon and expert witness, and a former national standard showjumper. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and cats. Previously, I interviewed her about her writing while in Dublin for The New Book Review. Clare is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose journalism work has been published in more than thirty countries. Her credits include Writing.ie, The Register.com, Mensa Magazine and Mensa International Journal. Currently editor of Inside DBS, the official blog website of Dublin Business School, and the Sustainable College blog.

This blog post has more information about her environmental efforts and online sites. I am writing this post due to my efforts in the area of climate change. O’Beara is an ecologist who is graduating in 2021 with an Honours Degree in Multimedia Journalism. She co-moderates a climate change interest group (the Green Group) on Goodreads, and blogs monthly on that site. Her journalism site is a source of additional environmental information. She writes for Medium, and other sites as well. Her environmental journalism site may be found at this link. One of her posts is information about the Dublin Array Windfarm. She asks if it is Progressive Power or a danger to birds? What do you think? Her video of the area is on YouTube, and below.

As a writer, O’Beara works to make her books Carbon Neutral. She writes so much, I don’t know how she has time to sleep!

O’Beara covered the conference on marine plastic waste held in Viet Nam. Afterward, she decided to find out how much her neighborhood contributed to the problem. She became convinced that we are indeed in need of solutions. She has served on the Royal Dublin Society Forestry And The Environment Committee. I highly recommend following O’Beara on Goodreads, the Goodreads Green Group, and her other informational sites. We learn so much from dedicated people!

Here are some of her awards:

Clare O’Beara wins SMedias Blog / Vlog of The Year Aug 2021, SMedias Blog / Vlog media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Dog For Lockdown’ media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Pony For Quarantine’ media release.

An article Clare wrote about her contribution to quarantine literature, Link to Writing.ie article by Clare

2020, Second Place, Dublin Business School Create Contest.

Clare was one of the crime reviewers invited to attend a crime authors’ event on 12th April 2016 at the Embassy of Luxembourg in London.

Murder Against The Clock was featured in The Dublin Southside People on page 22

Clare was mentioned in Great Diving Quotes

Clare was one of the reviewers attending Ellen Gunning’s book launch in Dublin in September 2016. Ellen Gunning is Director of Irish Academy of Public Relations.

The Independent newspaper profiled Clare as part of an article on Amazon Top Reviewers by Journalist Nathalie Olah. Friday 11 March 2016.

The University of San Diego has made one of Clare’s reviews available as an educational tool.

BBC World Book Club invited Clare to contribute to a discussion with Malorie Blackman, author and Children’s Laureate.

In 2013 she won first prize for Print Journalism in Ireland’s National Media Awards.
She contributed a story to A Pint And A Haircut (Lon Dubh, 2010), an anthology in aid of Concern’s Haiti fund.
Clare reads extensively and reviews books for Fresh Fiction.com.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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Clare O’Beara Author Interview

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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 
 
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Elmer and the Rainbow Free Printable

Book by David McKee

Elmer and the Rainbow is one of the books in the ELMER series of books by David McKee.
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Elmer is a patchwork elephant who has fun and imaginary adventures.  His elephant friends are the usual color, gray.  Elmer is the leader because he thinks about and solves problems.

In this particular book, the rainbow is gray and Elmer wants to give it his colors.  To do that, he has to find where the rainbow touches the ground.  “What are we waiting for?” said Elmer.  “Let’s start searching.” If Elmer gives his colors to the rainbow, will he turn gray like all the other elephants?  Of course not, this is a children’s book.

At the happy ending, his friends ask how he could give away his colors and still have them.  Elmer says, “Some things you can give and give and not lose any.  Things like happiness or love or my colors.”

 Free Printable

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Here is my FREE PDF page of Elmer for your students to color:  ELMERpattern anELMERpatterntofoldcolorandcut

This book is perfect for the beginning of the school year when sharing, happiness, and kindness to others are being emphasized.

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Miss Frog colored her PDF on her iPad. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

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This is one of the PDFs colored with crayons. By using different shapes, colors, and lines, each child may create a different elephant.

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And finally, this is one Elmer filled in using a computer and background papers. Each square can be different.

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There are quite a few Elmer the Elephant books, each with a little lesson on kindness or getting along. They are highly recommended for primary grades.

Thank you for reading,

Miss Frog and Carolyn

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Miss Frog colored the Elmer the Elephant PDF on her iPad as an example. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

 
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Why Ms Frog is a Vegetarian
 

Hi! Ms Frog here, and I’m here to tell you why I chose to be vegetarian! First off I really care for animals truly, I think they are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated as such. (Warning! This is all my opinion and if you chose to eat meat I don’t disagree at all!, that is your belief.)

 
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Miss Frog knows about crystals and has written a post for people who might want to learn more. She discusses several crystals. Some crystals are for beginners. Very interesting stress relief!

 
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Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee is a sweet story in the Elmer elephant book series. While the adults work on festive preparations, Elmer takes the young ones up the mountain. Seeing their first snow, they have a fun time. They find a tree they can “easily return.” Good idea! In this story, the baby elephants want to give people gifts, too, not just receive presents. And Elmer, a star among the elephants, helps the young ones meet Papa Red. Miss Frog is a star who helps Miss Owl read and create art.

 
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Why Ms. Frog adopted a pet hedgehog!

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Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic

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Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic is a coloring book with a short story. As the months of the year pass, the pandemic gets old. For a while, school is at home, then there is hybrid school, then back to regular school, off and on again. It is a difficult time for an eight-year-old girl who happens to be Miss Owl. This paperback coloring book is available on Amazon. Miss Owl has been coloring with her gel pens which could take some time, but the colors and bright and neat. Colored pencils or crayons would also work. The artists for this book are Oxana Cerra of Teacher’s Clipart, and her son, Gabriel. They kindly drew images I requested as custom art. Teacher’s Clipart has previously illustrated my other books.

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I ran the text through the Lexile.com analyzer and it is “unofficially” 410L through 600L. I think that is about right.

 
 
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Miss Owl coloring with gel pens and thinking over the past year.

 
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Miss Owl with a nice cake pop riding in the car. How is she supposed to eat it with a mask on?

 
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Miss Owl choosing which colors of pens to use for her page.

 

Below are some images of the pages from the coloring book.

 
 
There were special rules for the pandemic like social distance, wear masks, and wash your hands extra well.
 

There were special rules for the pandemic like social distance 6 feet apart, wash your hands extra well, don’t touch your face, and wear a mask.

 
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It was odd and a little scary to see everyone wearing masks.

 
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By July, we had to cancel our trip to Paris to see our cousins and also we could not take the cruise with them.

 
By November, schools were closed again.
 

What would November bring? Would the school be hybrid or regular classes? Well, it was all distance learning.

 

You might also like the color versions of this story on Kindle eBook, paperback, or hardcover.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
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75-page paperback with the story in color, the coloring book pages, and the writing pages.

Or, the same book as a 75-page hardcover version.

 
ebook version for Kindle
 

75-page paperback with the story in color, the coloring book pages, and the writing pages.

Or, the same book as a 75-page hardcover version.

 
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75-page paperback with the story in color, the coloring book pages, and the writing pages.

Or, the same book as a 75-page hardcover version.

  
Chloe and the Pandemic picture book
 
Chloe and the Pandemic picture book
 
Chloe and the Pandemic picture book
 
 

You might also like the other Miss Owl blog posts, many with free instant educational download PDFs.

 
 
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This page has links to posts featuring our Miss Owl — her adventures, activities, free PDFs, and informational posts. We hope you enjoy it!

 
 
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Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

  
 
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Miss Owl’s trip included a visit to Disneyland in Paris

  
 
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Eidem Homestead Visit and Free 3-Part Farm Cards

   
 
Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center

  
 
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The Plaza Playground experience was pure joy for Miss Owl and us as we watched her jump and play. It is close by and is open 365 days a year. She loved the Kangaroo jumping floor the best.

 
 
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Books to help children through their grief over a loss of a pet.

 
 
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Fairy Garden Building

This post has a free flower theme printable complete with some vocabulary words and coloring pages for the children.

  
 
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Fairy Garden Building

This post has a free flower theme printable complete with some vocabulary words and coloring pages for the children.

  
 
Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme story time and activity class.
 

Eastman Nature Center in the Three Rivers Park District recently held a fairy theme storytime and activity class.

  

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A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free

 

Dog-Lockdown-Irish-BookSecond in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a council house (public housing in Ireland). Dermot skips school an afternoon so he doesn’t know lockdown has been ordered. He stops at a store and gets an uneasy feeling watching shoppers filling carts with items he considers odd, such as toilet paper. The grocer tells Dermot he should be at home. He realizes no kids are in the store or even outside. At home, his mother asks how school was and he lies indicating he was at school. She knew otherwise as schools and many shops were closed. In addition, it is his birthday. Oh, my.

Click on the next link to download your free PDF:

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I like this modern realistic story as the characters are everyday people without pretenses. Dermot and his mother Ann do not own a car so walk to the store and buy as much as they can afford for the foreseeable future. They lug heavy bags home. I like this story for children to realize not everyone has every advantage, and that life can be difficult for others. It would be important for students to realize if they bully another child, the child may have no choice about his or her clothing or living conditions. And, Dermot does get bullied on Facebook. A teacher helps him and we all learn a lesson about online bullies. Dermot’s one friend, Jamie, seems unreliable for much of the story.

Ann has just learned she has pre-diabetes and thinks Dermot is also at risk as they are both eating the same foods. They learn about a healthy diet and both of them feel better. Part of what helps Dermot is a neighbor is taken to a hospital and he then cares for a nice dog, Shelia. Walking the dog helps him look better.

The story has several important life lessons for students.

Table of Contents

Page 2 Possible Cover for Student Pages

Pages 4-5 Discussion Questions

Page 6 Noticing the Traits of Writing in A Dog for Lockdown

Pages 7 Matching Characters and More

Page 8 Identify Dog Postures

Page 9 True or False about Story Settings

Page 10 Friends in the Den True and False

Page 11 Cause and Effect

Page 12 Determine Character Story Goals

Page 13 Identify Story Themes

Page 14 Sequence the Facebook Problem

Page 15 Write and Sequence the Facebook Problem

Page 16 Bullying Resources

Page 17 Foreshadowing in A Dog for Lockdown

Pages 18-19 Write a Good Paragraph

(letter-sized teaching posters)

Pages 20-22 Paragraph Writing Frames

Pages 23-24 Teacher and Student Rubrics

Pages 25-35 Answer Keys

Pages 36-37 You might also like  . . . other books by Clare O’Beara

(free teaching printable for each one)

Pages 38-39 Credits

Note to teachers: All students will not need to complete all pages. Select the most appropriate pages for your class or small group of readers. Pages are at different levels of difficulty for the purpose of differentiation.

In addition, the free teaching supplement has some writing exercises and other activities for literacy classes. I think students ages 10 to 14 would benefit from reading and studying this book. Previously, I wrote about O’Beara’s book A Pony for Quarantine. I also created a teaching supplement for that book and other horse books written by O’Beara.

I also made aA Dog for Lockdown that some teachers may find helpful.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
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The teaching supplement includes paragraph writing frames and evaluation rubrics.

 
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Discussion questions for the story are included

 
 
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Students will read and notice themes in the book.

 
 
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The book has several settings with details for students to identify.

 
 
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Students will identify and discuss traits of writing in the text.

 
 
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Students will create a bullying resource page for a quick consultation if needed in the future.

 
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Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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