free printable resources for Pre-K through elementary grade levels, otherwise known as PDFs, printable pages

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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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Introducing Miss Frog, artist and author

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.

 
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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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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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
 
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)

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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

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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.

 

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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character traits for three main characters in the book
 

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.

 
settings work page -- students circle correct answers
 

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

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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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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Horse books with free book companions for Clare O’Beara Novels.

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Show-Jumping-Team-Clare-O-BearaShow 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. I enjoyed the book, learned so much about horses, and found the story compelling. I then made a student book companion pack with a focus on comprehension. The PDF also includes a writing project with ISNs (interactive students notebook pages), writing frames, and a rubric. Instructors may select from the pages in the printable as to what might fit the needs of the class. It may be used with one, a few, or a large group of students. O’Beara’s books seem to have mechanical scenes where women are not afraid to help, or indeed solve their own car or van issues. I like the strong women protagonists in her books.  There is plenty of adventure to keep teens and pre-teens reading.

Rodeo-Finn-Clare-O-BearaRecently, I reviewed O’Beara’s book, Rodeo Finn, and made a free book companion for teachers and homeschools at this link. Boy and girl characters are in both books, making them appealing to all readers. Neither book has romance or kissing, so parents are advised the books are wholesome reads. They are also educational with detailed information about horses, horse care, competitions, levels, prizes, practice, and final events. The facts flow seamlessly into the story and fit naturally.

 
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Click the next link for the free printable student pack.

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The student novel companion contents include:

Page 5 Discussion Questions

Page 6 Charting Characters (circle correct answers)

Page 7 Matching Time (match letters with numbers)

Page 8 Color and name the horses

Page 9 Writing project teacher talk and student interactive notebook directions

Page 10 Create-a-Team (name the characters)

Page 11 Story star pre-writing planning page

Page 12 Character traits student notebook interactive

Page 13 Horse characters student notebook interactive

Page 14 Settings for the story student notebook interactive

Page 15 Show jumping competition awards student notebook interactive

Pages 16 and 17 Blank writing frames for student story diamond drafts (if word processing is not used)

Page 18 Writing piece rubric

Pages 20 and 21 Possible story cover art

Page 22 Optional car parts diagram to label

Page 23 Optional sequencing Shay’s accident page

Pages 24-28 Answer Keys

 
 
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The discussion page may be assigned for small group work, used as a teacher led discussion for a large group, or even assigned as written work for students to write their answers. Writing out all the answers could become tedious, so perhaps groups of students are assigned six or so questions to answer.

 

For the “charting characters” page, students only have to circle correct answers that match the characters. An answer key for instructors is provided in the printable.

 
 
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This matching page is to help students make connections to characters and events in the story. Letters A through O are filled in next to numbers to demonstrate reading comprehension. An answer key for teachers is provided.

 
 
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A story star pre-writing page is provided for students to think about and plan their stories for the writing project. Characters, settings, the problem/solution, and story goal are all considered so students have a map to follow when writing.

 
 
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A few interactive student notebook pages are included, and it would be up to the teacher as to how many of the pages should be copied and completed by students. This one is to plan characters, and only four will be in the final show team. Which one should be captain? Which one will groom and help the day of the competition? Students have an opportunity to think and brainstorm as these pages are completed, cut according to directions, and added to their writing notebooks.

 
 
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A rubric for student self-assessment is provided, and another for teacher assessment. The rubric could be shown prior to work on the book companion pack, and during a teacher-student writing conference, also. This will help students understand how they will be assessed and what is expected of them as far as the writing project. Teachers might add word length requirements, also.

 
 
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Madeline helps Gary change a flat tire in the book. Teens might like to know the names of some car parts, or those who know could teach those who don’t. It is important knowledge for everyone! This is an optional page.

 
 
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Two coloring pages are included for students to demonstrate their artistic talents. These may be used to help create covers for the finished writing project, also.

 

You might also like to see:

Clare O’Beara’s website

Clare O’Beara’s Blog

Clare O’Beara on Goodreads

and Clare O’Beara on Amazon

I know upper middle grades and YA readers will really enjoy O’Beara’s horse themed books!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

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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Howl’s Moving Castle Student Work Pages PDF

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a good antidote for children too hooked on other magic books. The book has been made into a movie that students may have seen. For students who might be wishing to attend a magic school and have magic powers, I think this book can help bring them down to earth as most of the magic things go wrong, not much goes right. Like a bad dream, the protagonist, Sophie, becomes old when the Witch of the Waste comes along and curses her. Sophie lives a life of overwork and not much joy for most of the book. This is book one in a trilogy and seems to be the most popular of the three novels.

The castle is magic and has only one window and four doors. The four doors open to different places. The castle can change locations and shapes. The people in the town are scared of the building. They are scared of Howl. The Witch of the Waste scares everyone. Howl is not at all like the typical magician. While he is vain and selfish most of the time, he does dote on his nephews when he makes them what we would call video games years before they are even invented.

When both of the parents leave for different reasons, Sophie is left with the drudgery of a hat shop.  Her sisters become apprentices elsewhere. When Sophie becomes suddenly old, she leaves not really knowing where to go. She walks and walks, and ends up living in Howl’s Castle. Howl isn’t especially nice to her but also lets her stay. Her companions are a fire (Calcifer) and Michael, Howl’s Apprentice. Right, I didn’t say this book made very much sense. It does have an interesting story as far as the three girls are concerned, whose fates do not turn out too badly.

I already wrote a post about this book on The New Book Review, and at that post is a book and movie discussion guide freebie. The post is Howl’s Moving Castle Book and Movie Discussion Questions.

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The next link is to the preview of the pack, and it opens here so you can see what is included.

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For the page below, students match characters and information to show comprehension of the text.

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For the next page, students use creative writing to see the book from the perspective of a journalist. “Lettie and Martha: Are they who they say they are?” This is a good question indeed, because no — they are not for part of the story. Those two sisters trade places using a spell to make them look like each other for part of the time. No one wants to trade places with poor Sophie.

Character traits are important in any story, and these characters have interesting traits. Students will decide which traits belong to the different characters. 
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There are some pages for creative writing such as this one, “fortune-telling hats.”

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This packet has four read-and-respond work pages for students to demonstrate knowledge of the reading material. The pages include matching, circle the answer, and writing to finish the cause and effect work page. Answer keys are provided for the teacher.

Creative writing pages to accompany the story are included for students to paraphrase or apprentice themselves to the writing in the book for clever answers.

Discussion question pages for the book and the movie are included. Each page has 10 questions each. Students should consult the text as necessary to support their ideas.

Worksheets

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Page 5 Mysterious Matching

Page 6 Significant Settings

Page 7 Character Traits

Page 8 Cause and Effect

Creative Writing

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Page 9 Name the Jars

Page 10 The Four Doors

Page 11 Fortune Telling Hats

Page 12 Invention Imagination Reflection

Page 13 Ingary Gazette Newspaper

Discussion Questions

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Page 14 Book Discussion Questions

Page 15 Movie Discussion Questions

Rubrics for Teacher and Student

Pages 16-and 17

Answer Keys for Worksheets

Pages 18-21

Thank you for reading! Carolyn

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Mice Theme Prepositional Phrases Product and Free Sample

Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Product and Free Sample

Do you teach prepositional phrases? Grade 1 standards include teaching such phrases. This printable PDF is included in our password-protected area. Learn the updated password by signing up for our newsletter. There are prepositional phrases letter-sized teaching posters, word cards, a center, and writing frames.  This lesson uses licensed art and a condition of use is that I do not give the product away for free.  Thanks for understanding. There are two free printable pages in the preview, below. CCSS L.K.1e and L.1.1i

Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center, Phrase Cards, and Writing Frame
111 Page PDF, for K-2

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This illustrated, color PDF includes large prepositional phrase cards for students to dramatize.Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDFThe PDF has a game with cards and directions in both black and white as well as in color.
Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDFPocket chart cards will help with literacy and the writing frame pages.Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases Center and Writing Frame PDF There is even more in this product which may be viewed by mice-prepositions-demo

Table of Contents
Black and White Pages
Pages 5-14 Large signs using prepositions
Page 15 Game in black and white
Page 16 Student game mats to collect game cards
Page 17 Game Directions
Pages 18-20 Game Cards
Pages 46-50 Directions, sorting cards and recording page for a center or station
Pages 54-64 Writing Frame
Color Pages
Page 21 Cover for pages in color
Page 22 Directions for using prepositions signs
Pages 23– 36 Color signs for having the class read or pantomime the prepositional phrases
Pages 37–44 Game cover, directions, game board, game cards
Pages 45, 51-53 Center and recording page
Page 65—-further directions
Pages 66-80 POCKET CHART CARDS for teacher use
Pages 81-90 Simple handwriting pages
Page 91 Simple gameboard

This lesson works well with INSIDE MOUSE, OUTSIDE MOUSE by Lindsay Barrett George, and many other children’s books.

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Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class

Frog theme day plans can be an ace in the hole for that time when a substitute is needed on an emergency basis. Be ready with a full day of print and go activities and place in a tub for a sub in the event you ever need to just call and simply tell the substitute where the materials are located. Of course, a seating chart, maybe name tags, a copy of class procedures, and the class schedule should also be printed. Those kinds of items may already be in the substitute folder, maybe even in the office. This is a 97 page PDF with literacy, writing, math science, and social studies. There are options in the math and writing pages to help provide differentiation. The teacher would indicate which students should work on which pages. It is available on a password protected page on this blog. Get the password by signing up for our newsletter. The password changes each month.

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For reading, there is a readers’ theater play with 14 student parts. The scripts would need to be printed and stapled. Perhaps the cast name tags would also be printed as an option. Have two students practice each part so that at the first reading half the class has a turn to perform, and then the rest at the second reading.  readers' theater play with 14 student partsHave you heard the frogs are moving from the fishbowl all the way to the pond? A growing family needs more room. This economic and social studies story matches the reading play.

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Two writing sets of prompts are provided. One set has more support with illustrated words for emergent writers. There are student and teacher rubrics.

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Another set of writing prompts is for more independent writers.

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The lifecycle of the frog is presented through an interactive student notebook activity. There is also a bridge building activity using only a single piece of paper and a few crayons for weight.

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There are phonics bump games for the “fr” sound.

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The math pages include some bump games for 3-addends as well as worksheets at different levels.

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Download a free sample pack at this blog post link.

frog-fun-day-sample-pack-pagesYou might also like the paperback or eBook version of The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children. It is available on Amazon. Lexile Level 750

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

Map skills can be difficult for young children to grasp and suddenly they are in school faced with a map worksheet. Parents can help at home to create a foundation for map terminology and use it in very simple ways. Geography was one of the last units in my year-long KHT Montessori class (non-affiliate) that is soon ending. The way the geography manual lessons are prepared is nothing short of amazing, and I wish I had known those ideas when my children were young. Today I’m sharing one of my own similar ideas. The free printable will help create an indoor room and an outdoor map to begin explaining these skills to children. A four-year-old enjoyed this “treasure” hunt activity. DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

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Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

This Korean Cinderella post is for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast

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The Korean folk story for children, Korean Cinderella by Edward B. Adams, is quite different from the American version. Dozens of countries have their own version of this story, and they are very interesting to compare and contrast. I’m assuming you know the American version. At this link is an online Cinderella book, and either read or listen may be selected. The Korean version (online YouTube story read aloud at this link) may surprise you. We have had and loved our book for many years as my daughter is adopted from South Korea. Her hanbok (dress) is in the photo with the book covers, above.

free-printable-for-comparing-Korean-and-American-versions-Cinderella-in-useIn the Korean story, Pear Blossom has only one step-sister and no fairy godmother. However, a black cow helps her weed the field one day when she is only given a wooden hoe with which to work, and it breaks. Stepmother is mad the work was done and still won’t give her supper, though. Then Pear Blossom has to carry water in a jug, but the jug is broken. A toad helps plug the hole in the jug. When there is rice to hull, birds come and help. There is also a magic weaving maid from beyond the Milky Way who weaves the 40 yards of cloth that must be finished in a day. So along the way, there is magic, but very different from the American version. She has to walk to her uncle’s house as there is no castle or coach in this version. She does lose a red shoe, not a glass slipper, and then you can imagine the rest as it has a similar ending.

The printable has cards to help students compare and contrast the two stories. They are so different there are no exact parallels but a great discussion is sure to take place. Korea’s Favorite Tales and Lyrics includes the Cinderella story, but in much greater detail with more events, tension, and surprises for the reader.


The next video shows some of the cards in the printable.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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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

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
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A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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