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Teacher Talk – September 2022

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Finding Life Mentors in Mentor Text

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning


Teach students how to reflect on what mentoring characters in pieces of literature may do in similar situations in their lives. 


Using Two-Sided Colored Beans to Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers

By Vicky Rauch of Go Figure!


When it comes to adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, many students have great difficulty. In reality, it is a very confusing and abstract idea; so, it is important to give the students a concrete visual to assist them in seeing the solution.


Morning Music

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight


This adventure with music as a prelude to learning began when I saw an interview with a Tuscan wine grower who played classical music to encourage his grapes to develop.


Video Lessons Make Teaching Grammar Easy

By Charlene Tess of Books by Charlene Tess


Have you noticed how many students are all about videos? 


Is Reading Aloud to Children Actually Supported by the Science of Reading?

by Alison Monk of The Literacy Garden


Is reading aloud to children supported by the Science of Reading? Does literature have an important place in structured literacy programs?


Budgeting on a Teacher’s Salary

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching


How teachers can budget on their salary, while still saving money and enjoying their lives.


Four Tried & True Review Games

By Kathie Yoshimura of Tried & True Teaching Tools


Your students will love to play Toss Across, Bananagrams, Buzzers, and Jenga as they review concepts already taught.  

The Chrysalids Game Bundle


The Chrysalids Game Bundle – A perfect addition to any novel unit!

According to research, using games when teaching increases student participation, comprehension, as well as fostering emotional and social learning.

Today’s 21st- century student needs to be fully engaged in learning to gain knowledge and then apply it in meaningful ways. Many teachers find that traditional comprehension questions are not engaging and often do not reinforce understanding. Both teacher and student often find answering the traditional chapter questions tedious and uninteresting.   

Help your students become fully engaged with John Wyndham’s “The Chrysalids” by incorporating these short, fun games into your unit.  

Each game includes quality questions that check the student’s understanding and are varied to include:  

  • Important vocabulary and terms
  • Symbolism
  • Irony
  • Foreshadow
  • Literary elements
  • Plot 
  • Characters
  • Quotes
  • Everything you would ask in traditional comprehension questions

The breakout rooms include clues and answer keys for the teacher. The teacher can give students hints if they struggle in their quests.

The games created are interactive, engaging, and varied to maintain student interest. Each game includes a different theme with different challenges. Some games have game-show quiz-style questions, while others are like mini breakout rooms. Even better, the games require no preparation for the teacher. Other than an internet connection, nothing else is required! Merely share the game link with students, and they’re off to work independently. The games also inform students of the correct answer to all questions, so they will learn the necessary information before moving on to subsequent material.

Students can play these games as a group or individually. Create a class challenge to see who can complete the games in less time. The possibilities are endless! These games are also a great way to engage students in learning online.

The activities will take 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the game and the student’s abilities.  

I love doing this activity at the beginning of my lessons to review the previous chapter, facilitating discussions and class activities.

The bundle includes 320 questions in total!

The games can be played on any PC, laptop or tablet, Smartphone, Mac, or Chromebook. Anything that can access the internet can be used to access the games.  

Check out this free sample from Chapter 1

You may also be interested in the following products:

❒ Check out my other Interactive Games

❒ Analyze This!

❒ Short Story Bundle

❒ I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

❒ ELA Literature Study Unit

❒ Figurative Language & Poetic Devices Jeopardy

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
18 games and 1 presentation
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Touching Spirit Bear: Free Graphic Organizer for Writing”

by Margaret Whisnant
6th – 8th Grade

This free graphic organizer is from my Touching Spirit Bear Novel Teaching Pack.

This handout is a whole-book, post-reading activity. Entitled “The Fourth Character,” it helps students organize story facts that show how the island where Cole was banished took on the role of a fourth main character, and along with Garvey, Edwin, and Cole himself, how it was influential in Cole’s transformation.

See the full Teaching Pack here:
Touching Spirit Bear: A Novel Teaching Pack


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