Literacy including phonics, alphabet, games, writing, emergent readers, and activities.

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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.

 
 
Howl's Moving Castle Book and Movie Discussion Questions
 

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
 

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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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 is a vegetarian, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
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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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The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson is about a pacifist bull. He prefers to smell flowers. Miss Frog helped Miss Owl enjoy this book.

 
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
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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.

  
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Chloe and the Pandemic picture book
 
 

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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

   
 
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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

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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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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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.
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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 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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Letter Writing Frames for K-2 Free PDF Download

Letter writing to family and friends is a good second-grade lesson. In this case, a friendly letter from each child written to a grandparent can help form a single topic (schools of yesterday) for a shared research project. The free printable is on our password-protected pages. By subscribing to the newsletter, the updated password will be emailed to you.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

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Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
When I was teaching on a second-grade team, we had a one-day class field study trip to the Cahill School in Edina, Minnesota. Part of the unit was to write letters to grandparents and ask about what schools were like when they were young. We sent letters from school to the grandparents. Of course, children had to share addresses with the teacher. Then, answers were sent back to the classroom. It was so exciting when a letter would arrive and the child could share it with the whole class. It was also a valuable learning experience We not only learned about how schools used to be but the power of snail-mail letter writing. And children looked forward to letters and the class trip.
Alex-Asks-Grandpa-About-the-Olden-Days-A-1940s-StoryAnyway, what prompted this free download idea what the fact some children did not have relatives to write to for this project. Grandparents have maybe passed away or are incapacitated, which made some students very sad. I encouraged my husband to write his book, Ales Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940’s Story. It gives information about life in the 1940s and is written in a “grandpa voice” so that children can learn what life was like at that time. The blog post about the book is here, and it is available on Amazon here. The Lexile Level is 700L.
The printable does not require the use of the book. Other books or family stories could save the same purpose to motivate writing a friendly letter. There are two parts with letter writing frames and also a word wall included in the PDF.
 
 
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The letter writing PDF includes a word wall with family and words for writing letters.

 
 
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The letter writing PDF includes different writing frames to accommodate K-2 students.

 
 
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Sample page of the individual family and letter-writing word wall which may be added to a writing binder.

 
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Sample of a letter-writing frame page. Different line heights are included to accommodate students in K-2.

 
 

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Children may create their own booklets for Mom, Dad, and other family members with the free instant download PDF. Grandma, aunt, mommy, mother, Grandpa, uncle, father, and daddy are some of the other pages.

 
A mother understand writing frame
 

A Mother understands  . . .  what? My daughter thought it meant I could understand her facial expression and mood. Hopefully, parents everywhere can understand that, but sometimes we might not be paying attention. The children will have their own ideas.

 
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A Father is someone who . . .

Children may finish the sentence stem with ideas of their own. What will they write? This could be interesting.

 
A mother understand writing frame
 

A Father waits patiently when . . .

When does Dad have to wait? What is the child or someone else doing? This is another stem that might give some fun answers.

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

Lexile Level 600L This book is a perfect fit for the writing stems.

Read more at the post about the book.

 
Mom and Dad Booklet Writing Stems, and other family members.
 

Supplemental writing stems freebie to accompany the “A Mom” book by Betsy Wilhelm. Free. Book not required for PDF. Also Dad and other family members included.

 
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Family individual writing word wall and letter writing frames for K-2, free in our free Amember area.

 
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In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his Grandpa was young like him.

 
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Then and Now sorting cards blog post and free PDF download.

 

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Mom and Dad Writing Stems PDF Download Freebie

A Mom and A Dad Writing Stems

My daughter wrote a little book for me for Mother’s Day and we published it with art by Pieter Els. I thought children might like to use her format with writing stems like:

A Mother is someone who . . .

A Mother waits patiently when . . .

A Mother understands . . .

So I created a PDF with these stems for both mothers and fathers, and added some pages for other family members, as well. Students might like to color and write on one or more pages. If several pages are completed, they could be stapled together as a little book. Some pages are intended to be covers, and some are for “interior” pages. So this could be assigned a page a month, and by May assembled together as a Mother’s Day booklet. I think it is always nice when children make something for Father’s Day before the end of the school year, so there are identical pages for Dad. Or, perhaps only one page is wanted, so just print what page or pages you want for your children or class.

The PDF opens at the next link:

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Below, please find my Mother’s and Father’s Day graphing math centers and some other printables for those days.

The book A Mom would be nice to have on hand so children could apprentice themselves to my daughter’s writing ideas, however, it is not required for use of this PDF. My daughter wrote quite a different book about her Father after a trip to his hometown in South Dakota. We used photographs in the book, and have to return to finish taking photos.  Just so you know he wasn’t left out.

I’ve shown a few of the pages in the PDF, below.

Thank you for reading.

Carolyn

 
A Mother is the Person Who . . . writing stem
 

Children may create their own booklets for Mom, Dad, and other family members with the free instant download PDF. Grandma, aunt, mommy, mother, Grandpa, uncle, father, and daddy are some of the other pages.

 
A mother understand writing frame
 

A Mother understands  . . .  what? My daughter thought it meant I could understand her facial expression and mood. Hopefully, parents everywhere can understand that, but sometimes we might not be paying attention. The children will have their own ideas.

 
A father is the person who . . . writing stem
 

A Father is someone who . . .

Children may finish the sentence stem with ideas of their own. What will they write? This could be interesting.

 
A mother understand writing frame
 

A Father waits patiently when . . .

When does Dad have to wait? What is the child or someone else doing? This is another stem that might give some fun answers.

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

Lexile Level 600L This book is a perfect fit for the writing stems.

Read more at the post about the book.

 
Mom and Dad Booklet Writing Stems, and other family members.
 

Supplemental writing stems freebie to accompany the “A Mom” book by Betsy Wilhelm. Free. Book not required for PDF. Also Dad and other family members included.

 
Write to grandparents word wall and letter frames
 

Family individual writing word wall and letter writing frames for K-2, free in our free Amember area.

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

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his Grandpa was young like him.

 
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Then and Now sorting cards blog post and free PDF download.

 

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

It is summer and Read Around the World again! All summer people have been recommending books for students to read to learn more about cultures around the world. This is the 7th annual Read Around The World Summer Series for Multicultural Kid Blogs. It runs from June 15 – August 14 this year. You can find all the recommended books on social media with the hashtag #readaroundtheworld.

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. Previously I reviewed and created teaching supplements for two of O’Beara’s other books, Rodeo Finn and Showjumping Team. Although not a trilogy, this is her third horse-theme book which is perfectly aligned with current events. The situation all families found themselves in last spring is described when Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She is worried about if her family, and especially her gran, will become sick. 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.

Remember those days? Reading this book, I remembered the feelings I first had when I heard of Covid-19 caused by novel coronavirus. The world seemed upside down. Everyone seemed scared as restaurants and schools closed. Mum gives Moya sage advice and is honest with her. It was reassuring to read those conversations which might help clarify the situation for some readers.

The setting of the story helped Moya continue to care for her pony which helped lower costs, but also gave her something nice to do during the lockdown. The stable was 2 kilometers from her house, the furthest people were allowed to travel. We learn about the other rules in Ireland at that time. The guards did question her once and asked for her phone number. People who did not live near the stable decided to turn their ponies out to the pasture. The cost of livery would otherwise have been too high.

Moya settles into online school and learns the ropes of muting her microphone and participating in her teacher’s Instagram group. Otherwise, she is not allowed on Instagram. She also cares for her younger brother who is autistic. The way the family cares for the brother is enlightening for people who are perhaps unfamiliar with neurodiversity. Gran is always in Moya’s thoughts, and she calls and sends videos to stay in contact.

The parents of pony riders have a clever thought to hold a virtual horse show. Behind the scenes, they decide to give prizes, as well, which is a complete surprise to Moya and the other riders. During the story, Moya is saving money for a rug (a blanket) for her pony which will be clipped short when the actual horse shows begin again. She does save enough money, which is another important life skill.

Of course, I made a teaching supplement for homeschools and teachers. It is a free instant download at the next link:

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the other books, as well.

Carolyn

Discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O'Beara
 

There are two pages of discussion questions for A Pony for Quarantine. Students should support their answers with text evidence by citing passages in the text.

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Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

 
Matching questions and answers work page for students (answer key provided)
 

Matching names and descriptions will take some understanding of the story for students to be successful. This is where thinking while reading helps students understand the book.

 
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This is a thinking page that shows what Moya considered before deciding how to care for her pony during the lockdown.

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Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

 
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A crossword puzzle and a word search are included in the student pages.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

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Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
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Students consider the points of view of some of Moya’s friends when completing the Instagram possible posts pages.

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Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

 
 
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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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Develop Reading Comprehension Skills eBook Free PDF

ABC’s of Reading Comprehension for Pre-K – Grade 1

This post has a free developing reading comprehension skills eBook for parents and teachers of young children.  It is an instant download here, so abc-of-reading-comprehension-pre-k-grade-1.  Please note it has a US Copyright Office copyright.

During conferences, parents would often ask me what they could do besides read to their child or have the child read to them. There is a world of possibilities, and this PDF has 26 suggestions. We can begin to develop concepts of print (hold the book right side up, turn pages left to right, and use pictures to help understand the story) as well as comprehension before children even learn to read. Once children can read on their own, do not stop having reading time and book conversations. Here are a few ideas.

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A is for Always Have Books Available

Good books children own and love should be kept at home or in the car.  New books should be checked out from the library.  Parents and teachers need to be aware of and use the many teachable moments that accompany read-aloud time.

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C is for Comprehension and Conversations

When we discuss books with young children, they are learning about the world. Many topics are brought up that may not be raised surface any other way.  This doesn’t mean asking a list of “comprehension questions” at the end of a story but allowing the children to say what they are thinking about as we read.

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F is for Follow the Child’s Interests

How we want to teach our children and lead them to what we think they should know.  Usually, however, we realize children are very much their own people with their own interests and opinions and it is much easier to follow their likes and dislikes as we nudge them toward learning.

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V is for Various Genres

Children will like and enjoy more genres if exposed to them early on.  Be sure to include folk tales, fairy tales, nonfiction,  modern fiction, biographical, historical fiction, outer-space stories, humorous books, and easy reader books.  Yes, read reader books to your child so they will feel the books aren’t silly or stupid.

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W is for Word Solving Suggestions

For instance, try saying, “Skippy Frog!” when a child is stuck reading a word out loud.  Skippy Frog means to jump over the word, finish the sentence, then come back and figure out what the word meant. Several strategies are explained on the “W” page.

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Climate Change Captives 2035 Paperback, eBook, and Free Novel Unit

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Climate Change Captives 2035 Paperback, eBook, and Free Novel Unit

Free Jamboard Google App

Information about the Jam is on this post

The book is Available on Amazon

In this futuristic book, the world has changed due to global warming. All characters are learning to cope in a new world faced with the effects of climate change from a previous society who disregarded the build-up of greenhouse gases. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls while resisters live in the nearby forest. Transportation is mostly limited to walking. Going outside to be in the sun involves dealing with rampant poison ivy which thrives on the increased carbon dioxide levels. Air transport can only be used in emergencies. Readers meet the main student characters Brea, Robert, Kalli, Tristan, who want to work on solutions to help the earth.

Brea and Robert who live in the forested area both earn scholarships to attend city center secondary schools. Robert’s parents have been missing since their house slid down a hill and was covered in mud during a land bomb cyclone. Robert has also won an award allowing him and his grandfather to move to an apartment tower due to his asthma. Kalli and Tristan have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly from Northern Ireland to the USA to work on climate solutions at the city center school.

Transportation vehicles were suddenly banned in 2028. Most work efforts were directed to renovating large apartments in tall towers previously built to accommodate more families. Construction toward travel was stopped. Wars were banned, being bad for the environment as well as human life. The Slip-Away spaceship, built but never really taken seriously by wealthy business people, becomes essential to them when they wish to avoid prosecution for polluting the planet.

References provide documentation and online links for the many facts mentioned in the story. Download your free pack at the next link.

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Three of the characters are Brea, Cara, and Mr. Washington. Students will circle the true statements to show understanding of the text read. Additionally, they might discuss how they knew which answers were correct or incorrect by citing text evidence.

 
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Teachers are welcome to select which pages fit their class situations, or use them as large group discussion if there is a document camera available. The first one is “Memory Matching” which helps students organize the characters and events. Teachers may allow students to use the book with this page, work in pairs, or work in cooperative groups to find answers. It also may be used as an assessment near the end of the book.

 
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For this settings page, students will circle the correct statements. Again, text evidence might be discussed for explaining why some answers were correct or incorrect.

 
 
cause and effect work page
 

The cause and effect work page will help students think through what happened as a reaction to another event.

There is an answer key with probable answers for all the work pages, although in some cases answers will vary.

There are more worksheets, also, as you can see by clicking the PDF link, above.

 

Thank you for reading!

Carolyn

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

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

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)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 

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