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Grab a Story
Grab a setting, character, event, and thing: write a unique story. (Grades 3-12) 08/12/2010

Parts-of-Speech Race
Reinforce nouns, verbs, and adjectives with this fast-paced activity. (Grades 2-8) 08/12/2010

Youve Taught Homonyms, Now Teach Heteronyms
Heres plenty of heteronym practice, and a printable work sheet too. (Grades 4-9) 08/11/2010

Origins of Common Expressions
Learn the historic origins of 20 common expressions. (Grades 4-12) 08/10/2010

Character Sketch Masks
Make a mask of your favorite book character, then play the role. (Grades K-8) 08/10/2010

Writing -- With a Catch!
This writing lesson with a catch will challenge students to write better. (Grades 3-12) 07/21/2010

Come on Down! Game
The Come on Down! game provides practice for math, spelling, vocabulary skills and more. (Grades K-12) 07/21/2010

Biography Acrostic
A perfect culminating activity for your biography, history, or literature unit. (Grades 3-12) 07/20/2010

Pick a Penny Research Project
Pick a penny, then research important events that took place the year that penny was minted. (Grades 4-12) 07/20/2010

Alpha-bod
Students exercises their bodies and imaginations as they create a human alphabet. (Grades K-12) 07/20/2010

Venn Diagram of Students: What Do We Three Have in Common?
A 3-circle Venn diagram connects students; explore other cross-curricular uses for the diagram. (Grades 3-12) 07/20/2010

Getting Started With Essays
Reading an essay about teen issues inspires reflective writing about ones own life. (Grades 6-12)

Giving Thanks: A Compare-and-Contrast Lesson
A powerful video challenges students to reflect on their lives compared to others. (Grades 4-12) 07/19/2010

Who Is That First Lady?
Can you guess the famous woman Im describing? (Grades 3-8) 07/16/2010

Poison Alert!
Learn how different poisons affect the human body. (Grades K-12) 07/16/2010

A Thanksgiving Feast
What was on the menu for the first Thanksgiving? (Grades 3-8) 07/14/2010

The Bald Eagle or the Turkey?
Debate the question: Which belongs on the U.S. Great Seal? (Grades 3-8) (07/13/2010

Musical Books
Musical Chairs introduces students to great books. (Grades K-5) 07/12/2010

Book BINGO
Book BINGO helps students build vocabulary skills. (Grades 3-8)

How Do You Describe a Monet?
Identify the similarities and differences in two paintings by Monet. (Grades 3-12) 07/09/2010

Picturing Weird Animals: A Lesson in Writing Good, Clear Descriptions
A strong, clearly written description is key when it comes to drawing the imaginary animals their classmates have created. (Grades 3-12) 07/09/2010

Synonym Match Game
Challenge students to find the matching synonyms. Synonym list included. (Grades 3-12) 07/08/2010

The Pumpkin in the Jar -- A Riddle Story from the Philippines
Solve the riddle in this cause-and-effect folktale from the Philippines. (Grades 3-8) 07/08/2010

2-Syllable Adjective Contest
Plan a contest to reinforce parts of speech and syllables. Contest forms provided. (Grades 3-12) 07/08/2010

Sight Word Spelling Bee
Kids will love this hands-on technology sight word spelling bee. (Grades K-3) 07/08/2010

The Story of Louis Braille
Learn about Louis Brailles system for the blind. Use an online Braille translator. (Grades 3-8) 07/02/2010

Riddle BINGO
A fun game for exercising students higher-level thinking skills. (Grades 3-8) 06/30/2010

Think Twice for Rice: A Grammar and Vocabulary Game
This game offers fun and learning as it helps to feed hungry people around the world. (Grades 3-12) 06/24/2010

Nouns Around the World
Use online translators to explore nouns and foreign languages. (Grades 3-8) 06/24/2010

5-Minute Writing: A Daily Activity
Use a daily 5-Minute Writing period to help build better writers. (Grades 3-12) 06/22/2010

Sybil Ludington: The Other Paul Revere
Learn about Sybil Ludington, a young girl who is often called the other Paul Revere. (Grades 3-8) 06/22/2010

Parts of Speech Game
Students win this game by matching words on the teachers list. (Grades 2-12) 06/12/2010

Norman Rockwell Paints America
Take a "gallery walk of Norman Rockwell paintings, discuss the stories they tell. (Grades 3-12) 11/21/2006

Animal Encyclopedia Search
Learn interesting animal facts using this classroom computer-center activity. (Grades 2-6) 10/25/2006

Remember Our Soldiers
There are many special ways to recognize our soldiers this Veterans Day. (Grades K-12) 10/23/2006

My Pumpkin Story
Use an online tool to create a unique pumpkin, then write a story about its special characteristics. (Grades K-5) 10/19/2006

The Truth About Bats
This work sheet will help students learn the truth about bats. (Grades 3-6) 10/11/2006

Eight-Square Scrabble Spell-Off
Build words from eight Scrabble tiles. Who'll earn the highest score? (Grades 2-12) 10/09/2006

Hairy Monster Stories
Create "hairy monsters" and write fun stories about them. (Grades 2-6) 10/05/2006

"And That's The Way It Is" Today in History
Students create a nightly-news broadcast for a special time/date in history. (Grades 4-12) 09/21/2006

An Unfinished Tale
Challenge students to write an ending for this tale of a lesson learned. (Grades 1-4) 09/19/2006

20 Questions: Can You Stump the Machine?
Students build critical thinking skills as they attempt to stump a "20 Questions" machine. (Grades K-12) 09/14/2006

Tabloid Tales
Write a story for one of these unbelievable tabloid news headlines. (Grades 3-12) 07/26/2006

'Targets'
Examine the real messages behind advertising. (Grades 6-12) 07/24/2006

Five Spelling Games
Spice up spelling routines with these five activities. (Grades K-8) 07/14/2006

Stage a Poetry Slam!
Stage a classroom or school-wide poetry slam. (Grades 3-12) 07/13/2006

Pet Pellets
Create an advertising campaign for a new pet food. (Grades 3-12) 07/12/2006

What a Pair! A Cross-Grade Writing Activity
Older and younger students team up in this cross-grade writing activity. (Grades K-12) 07/11/2006

Four Corner Fun: A Review Game
Multiple-choice questions are center stage in this review activity. (Grades Pre-K - 12) 06/30/2006

Word Processing Can Be Lots of Font!
Fun poem activity reinforces basic word processing skills. (Grades 3-8) 06/27/2006

Thinking About Our Troops
A handful of ways to connect students with our overseas troops. (Grades K-12) 06/23/2006

The Gods of Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome
Create a diary or postcard to share knowledge of ancient gods. (Grades 3-12) 06/20/2006

The Magician's Apprentice
Performing magic tricks teaches the importance of following directions. (Grades 3-8) 06/15/2006

Soccer Spelling
Capitalize on World Cup excitement. Combine spelling and soccer in this fun game. (Grades K-5) 06/14/2006

Huey and Louie Meet Dewey
Use this work sheet and resources to teach about the Dewey Decimal System. (Grades 3-8) 06/13/2006

Rescuers: Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others
Read Holocaust rescue accounts, write reflective essays. (Grades 6-12) 06/02/2006

Guide Word Sentences
Creative writing: write sentences using guide words on a dictionary page. (Grades 3-8) 05/30/2006

Create a BIG Book
Create a "big book" edition of a favorite story. (Grades K-2) 05/26/2006

Headline News
Create simple stories using words cut from newspaper headlines. (Grades 3-12) 05/25/2006

Step and Spell
This spelling "active-ity" reinforces students' awareness of the computer keyboard. (Grades K-4) 05/16/2006

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 05/11/2006

Pictures Tell a Story: A Lesson in Sequencing
In this lesson, students illustrate sequential events in a story or in history. (Grades K-8) 05/08/2006

Catchy Captions
A lesson in newspaper photo captions and caption writing. (Grades K-5) 05/05/2006

"Two Diamond Baseball" Review Game
This "baseball" game can be used to reinforce skills in any subject. (Grades K-12) 05/04/2006

The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Recognize Harry Truman's birthday (May 8) by reading and reflecting on his letters. (Grades 6-12) 05/01/2006

Write a Teacher-Appreciation Letter
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by having students write a letter to one of their former teachers. (Grades 3-12) 04/28/2006

Five-O
Use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a vocab word in this team game. (Grades 3-12) 04/27/2006

Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12) 04/19/2006

"Giggle Poetry" Theater
Perform silly poems as theater during Poetry Month. Scripts provided. (Grades 3-8) 04/18/2006

Create a Word
Have fun making up new words, writing definitions for them. (Grades 3-12) 04/17/2006

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Recognize the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake (April 18) with this comprehension activity. (Grades 4-12) 04/14/2006

Who Wrote That?
Students have fun trying to identify which classmate wrote each response to a writing prompt. (Grades K-12) 04/12/2006

From One Child to Another: Letters About the Holocaust
Read a "Children of the Holocaust" biography; write a letter to that child. (Grades 3-8) 04/11/2006

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Write a story about one of Matthew Brady's Civil War photographs. (Grades 5-12) 04/07/2006

Hoot, the Movie -- and Classroom Activities Too
Integrate these teaching activities provided by the movie's producers. (Grades 5-8) 04/06/2006

"One-Minute Monologue" Builds Communication Skills
Every student deserves 60 seconds in the spotlight. (Grades 3-12) 04/04/2006

Students' Favorite Reading Topics
Students survey their classmates' reading preferences. (Grades K-8) 04/03/2006

"101 Amazing Earth Facts" Game
Play this Jeopardy-like game on Earth Day, or anytime. (Grades 3-12) 03/31/2006

Spelling Takes a Hit!
This game puts the "active" in spelling active-ity! (Grades K-5) 03/30/2006

Egg Hunt Reinforces Math, Language Skills
Do it indoors -- or take kids outdoors for a fun learning activity and a little exercise. (Grades K-8) 03/29/2006

Daily Language Practice Builds Skills, Test Scores
Turn daily language practice into a game, build test scores too. (Grades 3-12) 03/27/2006

Anticipation Guides Improve Reading Comprehension
Use anticipation guides to help your students focus on the most important concepts in content-area reading assignments. (Grades K-12) 03/23/2006

Backwards Day
Plan a "Backwards Day" on April Fool's Day, as a Halloween alternative, or for a fun reward. (Grades Pre-K - 8) 03/17/2006

You Be the Editor
Student-editors work in teams to correct errors in this fast-paced activity. (Grades K-12) 03/16/2006

Eating Up Idioms
During Nutrition Month, feed your students a diet of food idioms. (Grades 3-12) 03/09/2006

Dead Word Wall Kills Overused Words
Create a "Dead Word Wall" to "kill" words overused in student writing. (Grades K-12) 03/08/2006

Surprising Facts About Life 50 Years Ago
Compile interesting facts about life in another time. (Grades 5-12) 03/07/2006

Bueno Brothers' Bean Dip
How many words can be formed from a scoop of lima bean letters. (Grades K-8) 03/02/2006

Women's Words of Wisdom
Create a bulletin board of inspiring quotes by famous women. (Grades 4-12) 03/01/2006

Multiple Meanings Game
Hunt for the classmate whose definition card leads to the same word as yours. (Grades 2-8) 02/27/2006

"Write-a-Letter-to-the-Teacher" Book Report
Combine writing a book report with writing a friendly letter. (Grades K-5) 02/24/2006

Plan a Read-All-Day Day
Celebrate Read Across America/World Book Day on March 2. (Grades K-12) 02/23/2006

Langston Hughes Was a Dreamer Too
Learn how Langston Hughes expressed his dreams through poetry. (Grades 2-12) 02/21/2006

Now Let Me Fly -- A Black History Reader's Theater Script
Celebrate Black History Month by staging a classroom production of this play. (Grades 3-12) 02/17/2006

Bing!
This game combines spelling words and chance. (Grades K-12) 02/16/2006

The Black History Rap
Write a rap lyric about a famous African-American. (Grades 3-12) 02/14/2006

"Meet Our Presidents" Bulletin Board
Students research and create a "Meet Our Presidents" bulletin board display. (Grades K-12) 02/10/2006

Broken-Heart Matching Game
Reinforce many skills with this Valentine's Day broken-heart matching game. (Grades Pre-K-12) 02/03/2006

Candy Heart Stories
Write a story that includes the text of the candy conversation hearts you chose. (Grades 1-8) 02/01/2006

My Own Picture Dictionary
Students create personal picture dictionaries. (Grades K-2) 01/27/2006

Tom's Tempting Tongue Twister Truly Tangled My Tongue
Create challenging tongue twisters that truly tangle the tongue. (Grades 3-12) 01/26/2006

Understanding Idioms Is a Piece of Cake
Teaching about idioms can be great fun. Included: Idiom resources. (Grades 3-12) 01/24/2006

Triangles Are Not Bad!
Perform a play about prejudice, tolerance. (Grades K-4) 01/23/2006

Making Predictions: "The King's Choice"
A fairy tale and follow-up activities teach the skill of making predictions. (Grades K-8) 01/20/2006

Busted!
This game can be adapted to reinforce math skills, vocabulary, much more. (Grades K-12) 01/18/2006

Word-zles
Word-zles puzzles make fun thinking activities. (Grades 3-12) 01/13/2006

Comparing Composers: Beethoven and Mozart
Celebrate Mozart's birthday (Jan.27) with this activity that compares him and Beethoven. (Grades 3-12) 01/09/2006

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Pre- and Post-Reading Activity
A pre- and post-reading exercise documents learning about the life of Martin Luther King. (Grades 3-8) 01/06/2006

Write a Song About American History
Songs about events in history inspire students to write their own song lyrics. (Grades 5-12) 01/04/2006

Where Do Words Come From?
Discover the foreign-language roots of English words. (Grades 6-12) 12/15/2005

Bing!
This game combines spelling words and chance. (Grades K-12) 12/14/2005

Puzzle Race Builds Cooperative-Group Skills
A puzzle race builds cooperative group work skills. (Grades K-8) 12/09/2005

1-800-MATHFUN
Combine numbers, letters to form creative 1-800 numbers for local businesses. (Grades 3-8) 12/06/2005

Dictionary Detective
Build students' dictionary skills with this fun activity. (Grades 3-12) 11/23/2005

A Letter to Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall inspires students as they write friendly letters to Sarah from Anna or Caleb. (Grades 3-8) 11/16/2005

How Well Do You Follow Directions?
This easy-to-use activity teaches valuable lessons about the importance of listening and following directions. (Grades K-12) 11/15/2005

Do the Hokey Pokey in Many Languages
Use the popular song The Hokey Pokey to teach vocabulary for parts of the body in other languages. 11/04/2005

"Book Report Gallery" Bulletin Board
A camera is all you need to create this fun bulletin board for Book Week (or anytime). (Grades Pre-K-8) 10/28/2005

A Lesson in "Comma Sense"
This fun lesson illustrates how misplaced punctuation can transform the meaning of text. (Grades 6-12) 10/24/2005

Mysteries in the Bag
Build a mystery story around a bag of evidence. (Grades K-12) 10/18/2005

"War of the Worlds": A Broadcast Re-Creation
Relive (and re-create) the panic-causing 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." (Grades 6-12) 10/18/2005

Soccer Spelling
Combine spelling and soccer in this fun game. (Grades K-5) 10/11/2005

Library Scavenger Hunt
This activity serves as an introduction to library resources. (Grades 6-8) 10/05/2005

The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Really Cause It?
Investigate the facts about the Great Chicago Fire. What was its real cause? (Grades 6-12) 09/28/2005

The Week That Was
A weekly writing assignment results in a year-end volume of work that documents students' writing progress. (Grades K-12) 09/22/2005

Getting-to-Know-You Crossword Puzzle
A class crossword puzzle makes a great back-to-school activity or bulletin board. (Grades K-12) 09/12/2005

Pinwheels for Peace
Create "pinwheels for peace" to celebrate International World Peace Day (September 21). (Grades K-12) 09/08/2005

A "Typical Day" Then and Now
Students compare their "typical day" to a grandparent's typical day when he or she was a child. (Grades K-8) 08/31/2005

Folktale Writing
Author helps students write folktales of their own. (Grades 3-8) 08/30/2005

Earn Spelling Points!
More than 20 activities for spicing up your weekly spelling lessons. (Grades K-12) 08/29/2005

The Mail Race
Students write friendly letters to random schools; track responses on a map. (Grades 3-8) 08/19/2005

Speedy Spelling Bee
Teams of students work together in this spelling bee with a twist. (Grades K-12) 08/19/2005

Using Graphic Organizers to Generate Genre Definitions
Use a graphic organizer to form definitions of a variety of literary genres. (Grades 3-12) 08/17/2005

Ten Characters from American Folklore
Learn about 10 characters from American folklore. (Grades 3-12) 08/15/2005

Detective Spellcheck Game
Hunt for spelling errors in this game of skill and quick reaction! (Grades K-8) 08/13/2005

Proverbs of One World
Create a book of proverbs that offer lessons of tolerance and respect. (Grades 3-12) 08/11/2005

Spelling Takes a Hit!
This game puts the "active" in spelling active-ity! (Grades K-5) 08/06/2005

Up-to-Date Aesop
Rewrite an Aesop fable in modern language and a modern setting. (Grades K-12) 08/05/2005

Kudos by Kiddos
Students design and award medals for their favorite children's books. (Grades 3-12) 08/01/2005

Design a Poet-T
Transform a plain white T-shirt into a "Poet-T." (Grades 3-12) 07/28/2005

Round-Robin Reading Quiz
A cooperative reading strategy that works. (Grades K-12) 07/26/2005

May I Take Your Order, Please? (A Sequencing Activity)
Adapt this "sequencing" reading lesson to all subjects. (Grades 3-12) 07/20/2005

Comparing Composers: Beethoven and Mozart
Read about and compare Beethoven and Mozart. Work sheet included. (Grades 3-12) 07/19/2005

We Love to READ" Bulletin Board
Bulletin board makes perfect backdrop for min book reports. (Grades K-5) 07/16/2005

Four Corner Fun: A Review Game
Multiple-choice questions are center stage in this review activity. (Grades Pre-K - 12) 07/12/2005

Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers
Ten strategies for creating lively debates in the classroom. (Grades 3-12) 07/11/2005

Five Spelling Games
Spice up spelling routines with these five activities. (Grades K-8) 07/08/2005

Thinking About Our Troops
A handful of ways to connect students with our overseas troops. (Grades K-12) 07/06/2005

Book Week Celebration
Great book activities for all year long. (Grades K-12) 07/01/2005

Graphic Organizer: Research Note Taking Made Easy
Note-taking graphic organizer makes researching easier. (Grades 3-8) 06/30/2005

Pet Pellets
Create an advertising campaign for a new pet food. (Grades 3-12) 06/29/2005

You Can Count on Spelling
"Scrabble spelling" offers spelling and math practice. (Grades K-12) 06/24/2005

Round Robin Post-It Review
Small-group activity a fun way to review, prep students for test. (Grades K-12) 06/24/2005

Four Corner Debate
The "four corner" debate strategy gets kids thinking and moving. (Grades K-12) 06/20/2005

Five Quick Games Build Reading Skills
Five quick games build reading skills. (Grades K-8) 06/18/2005

Book Report BINGO
Book Report BINGO offers a variety of book report approaches. (Grades 3-12) 06/15/2005

Spelling BINGO
Review spelling words by playing Spelling BINGO. (Grades K-12) 06/10/2005

Copy-Paper Scrap Projects
Turn scrap paper into a lesson in following directions. (Grades 3-8) 06/09/2005

Chain Together A Book Report
Students work in small groups to put together "Chain Book Reports." (Grades K-12) 06/04/2005

Incredible Shrinking Notes
A fun 3-step process helps students "boil down" note taking. (Grades 3-12) 06/01/2005

Circulatory System Travel Brochures
Create travel brochures for a trip through the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12) 05/26/2005

Heroes in History ABC Book
Create a Heroes in History ABC book. (Grades 3-12) 05/25/2005

Who Are Your Heroes?
Work sheet helps students organize their "Who is my hero? thinking. (Grades 3-8) 05/24/2005

Use Literature to Teach Tolerance
Use popular literature to teach tolerance. (Grades Pre-K - 12) 05/20/2005

Spelling Counts!
Create and solve codes based on the numerical values of spelling list words. (Grades 3-8) 05/19/2005

Working on the Slant
Learn about slant by comparing how several newspapers cover a story. (Grades 3-12) 05/17/2005

Those Who Fought
Students interview veterans of World War II. (Grades 6-12) 05/16/2005

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 05/13/2005

Those Who Fought
Students interview veterans of World War II. (Grades 6-12) 05/09/2005

Passport to Stories Around the World
Students fill out a passport as they read tales from each continent. (Grades K-12) 05/06/2005

Crack the Code
Learn about fossil fuels as you solve cryptograms. (Grades 3-8) 05/05/2005

P Is for Poetry
Young students, ESL students build vocab as they create simple ABC poems. (Grades K-12) 05/04/2005

Rescuers: Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others
Read Holocaust rescue accounts, write reflective essays. (Grades 6-12) 05/03/2005

Reporting Live from the 20th Century
Report live from one of the top news stories of the 20th century. (Grades 3-12) 04/29/2005

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veteran
Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 04/28/2005

Saying No!
Write scripts, present plays about saying no to drugs. (Grades 3-12) 04/27/2005

Save the Library!
Students write letters to save a library from closure. (Grades 3-8) 04/20/2005

Heads Up for Headlines!
Write headlines that express the main ideas of news stories. (Grades K-12) 04/18/2005

From One Child to Another: Letters About the Holocaust
Read a "Children of the Holocaust" biography; write a letter to that child. (Grades 3-8) 04/12/2005

Sound It Out
Introduce phonetic spellings with this activity. (Grades 3-8) 04/05/2005

Dramatizing Folktales, Legends, and Myths
Read, act out folktales from Native American cultures. (Grades 3-8) 04/04/2005

Stage a Poetry Slam!
Stage a classroom or school-wide poetry slam. (Grades 3-12) 04/01/2005

Basketball for Better Verse
Celebrate March Madness; write basketball poetry. (Grades 3-12) 03/18/2005

Eggshell People
Create eggshell people; write eggshell people diaries, poems. (Grades K-5) 03/16/2005

Personalized Books
Create personalized books on the Web. (Grades K-2) 03/11/2005

Catchy Captions
A lesson in newspaper photo captions and caption writing. (Grades K-5) 03/09/2005

Up from the Roots
Dissect the roots -- and root meanings -- of some words. (Grades 3-8) 03/02/2005

Write a Round-Robin Story
In groups of five, every student takes part in writing a round-robin story. (Grades 3-12) 02/28/2005

Persuade the Aliens:
Be an alien. Persuade your master to adopt a custom you witnessed on Earth. (Grades K-12) 02/25/2005

What a Pair! A Cross-Grade Writing Activity
Older and younger students team up in this cross-grade writing activity. (Grades K-12) 02/23/2005

Who Said That?
Complete a tutorial on Web literacy; use what you learn to evaluate a Web site. (Grades K-5) 02/17/2005

You Be the Editor
Student-editors work in teams to correct errors in this fast-paced activity. (Grades K-12) 02/22/2005

Using Dictionary Entries
Use this student work sheet with any dictionary page. (Grades 3-8) 02/11/2005

Headline News
Create simple stories using words cut from newspaper headlines. (Grades 3-12) 02/03/2005

A Month of Mapping Literature
Use literature to take your students on a world tour. (Grades 3-12) 01/31/2005

Read-a-Thon
Read books to raise funds for the school library. (Grades K-12) 01/28/2005

'Targets'
Examine the real messages behind advertising. (Grades 6-12) 01/27/2005

Language Arts Lesson Plan
Use synonyms to rewrite news headlines and articles. (Grades 3-8) 01/26/2005

Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12) 01/25/2005

Bing!
This game combines spelling words and chance. (Grades K-12) 01/21/2005

Editorial Cartoons
Study editorial cartoons; create your own. (Grades 9-12) 01/20/2005  

Create a Word
Have fun making up new words, writing definitions for them. (Grades 3-12) 01/17/2005

The Dictionary Game
A fun activity for building students' vocabulary. (Grades 3-8) 01/14/2005

How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch
Create a play based on an Australian kangaroo legend. (Grades 3-5) 01/06/2005

Triangles Are Not Bad!
Perform a play about prejudice, tolerance. (Grades K-4) 01/05/2005  

Inner Circle/Outer Circle Debate Strategy
Inner/outer circle debate strategy emphasizes listening to others' views. (Grades 3-12) 12/15/2004

Create Your Own Homophone Work Sheets
Everything you need for a great homonym activity. (Grades K-12) 12/10/2004

The Following-Directions Follies
A challenging "following directions" activity for all ages. (Grades K-12) 12/07/2004

Pet Perspective
Explore the world from the point of view of a favorite pet. (Grades K-12) 12/06/2004 

Friendly Feud
Play the "Friendly Feud" game when reviewing for a test. (Grades K-12) 12/03/2004

Using Fairy Tales to Debate Ethics
Use fairy tales to debate ethics in the classroom. (Grades K-8) 12/01/2004

"Carousel Brainstorm" Book Report
A fun way to review a book the whole class has read. (Grades K-12) 11/30/2004 

Native American Glossary
Create a glossary of words with Native American origins. (Grades 3-8) 11/24/2004

Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
Write a letter to encourage a friend not to smoke. (Grades 3-12) 11/11/2004

Poetry of War and Peace
Use "In Flanders Fields" to inspire poetry writing. (Grades 6-12) 11/10/2004

Guide Word Sentences
Creative writing: write sentences using guide words on a dictionary page. (Grades 3-8) 11/08/2004

Report on a Reporter
Invite a news reporter to visit class; write news reports about the visit. (Grades 3-12) 11/04/2004

What Happened?
Explore legends surrounding volcanoes, write your own legend. (Grades 3-12) 11/02/2004

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 10/29/2004

"Write-a-Letter-to-the-Teacher" Book Report
Combine writing a book report with writing a friendly letter. (Grades K-5) 10/27/2004

The Alphabet Game
Use alphabet cards to play a small-group spelling game. (Grades K-8) 10/21/2004

Guide Word Game
Students locate dictionary guide words in this timed team game. (Grades 3-8) 10/18/2004

Word-zles
Wordzle puzzles make fun thinking activities. (Grades 3-12) 10/15/2004

Five-O
Use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a vocab word in this team game. (Grades 3-12) 10/14/2004

Best-Selling Books Bar Graph
Create a graph of the best-selling children's books of all time. (Grades K-5) 10/08/2004

Create a BIG Book
Create a "big book" edition of a favorite story. (Grades K-2) 10/01/2004

Wacky Word Play
Combine students' love of word games and drawing. (Grades 3-12) 09/24/04

Drafting the Gettysburg Address
Compare the draft to the final version of the Gettysburg Address. (Grades 6-12) 09/21/04

Tabloid Tales
Write a story for one of these unbelievable tabloid news headlines. (Grades 3-12) 09/17/04

Write a Caption!
Write captions for amusing photos. (Grades 4-12) 09/16/04

Review Game
This review game can be adapted to any subject, any grade. (Grades K-12) 09/09/04

In Your Opinion: Are Athletes Heroes?
Stage a classroom debate of the question "Are athletes heroes?" (Grades 6-12) 09/07/04

Goldilocks: The Sequel
Write a sequel to the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." (Grades 3-8) 09/02/04

Take a Stand!
A unique, fun approach to a classroom discussion/debate. (Grades 3-12) 08/26/04

Civil War Photos Tell a Story
Create a Bill of Rights for a colony you are founding on a distant planet. (Grades 5-12) 08/24/04

Biography Chat
Conduct interviews with historic figures in a TV talk-show format. (Grades 3-12) 08/23/04

Favorite Reading Topics
Students survey their classmates reading preferences. (Grades K-8) 08/20/04

True or False?
Students complete a tutorial on Web literacy and identify Web hoaxes. (Grades 6-12) 08/10/04

Bueno Brothers' Bean Dip
How many words can be formed from a scoop of lima bean letters. (Grades K-8) 08/06/04

Ten Prompts for Student Writing
Ten prompts for engaging writing assignments. Take your pick! (Grades 3-8) 08/04/04

Dead Word Wall Kills Overused Words
Create a "Dead Word Wall" to "kill" words overused in student writing. (Grades K-12) 07/30/04

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