In support of all students currently learning at home, we’ve collected a few of our favorite resources!
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Indoor Activities — “Friend Collage” and “Indoor Basketball”
Bored indoors? Say no more! These Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw free indoor activities for kids can activate imaginations anywhere. Using everyday household items, make your own fun that can be shared with friends far away or family right at home. On one side of this free printable activity sheet, find instructions on how to create a cut-and-paste Friend Collage. All you need is a pair of scissors, glue, a few old magazines, and a friend or two in mind. Cut out words and pictures that you feel represent your pals best, then take a picture to share with your own band of Merry Misfits!
Rain or shine, Robin and L.J. are always ready to shoot some hoops. The other side of this free printable activity sheet has simple instructions on how to create a mini basketball court so you can practice your shot… even when inside! Just grab a ping pong ball and a plastic cup to jumpstart a fun game of Indoor Basketball!
Breaking Cat News – Paper Doll Puppet Guide: Tabitha, Figaro, Burt, and Tillie
Let your middle-graders take center stage and put on their very own paper doll puppet show. Using our free paper doll template, inspired by more cute and lovable Breaking Cat News characters, you can encourage creative expression while also building students’ love of reading. In this delightful comic series, three house cats take on the most relevant and hilarious news happening at home, and now, with this all-new guide, you can create your own paper dolls for Puck, Elvis, and Lupin’s other feline friends: Tabitha, Figaro, Burt, and Tillie!
Once students have read Take It Away, Tommy!, they can use this free paper doll template to help them put on a puppet show. The instructions are easy to follow and understand, so budding puppeteers can have their cast created in no time. Encourage middle-graders not only to create the paper dolls, but also to write their own scripts for the show. They’ll have fun writing them, and you’ll have fun seeing what they come up with. They can even use the Breaking Cat News books as inspiration! After the dolls are done and the stage is set, sit back and enjoy the show.
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Math and Science
Grades: 3 – 5
Curriculum Connections: Math and Science
The Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior world of Minecraftia holds unlimited opportunities for students to practice and apply math skills. From multiplication and division with crafting to perimeter, area, and volume with building, students can create their own math challenges and invite other students to solve them. Includes worksheets, answer keys, and real-world science lesson tie-ins.
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: English Language Arts
Grades: 2 – 5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts — Writing and Comprehension
Make learning fun with this easy-to-use Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior teaching guide! With lessons on genre, character, descriptive imagery, as well as creative writing prompts, help Minecraft fans build a love of reading! Inspired by the hit series Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior, the unofficial Minecraft novels that have captured the imaginations of middle-grade readers everywhere. After you read, have students tell their own stories with a Narrative Writing Card Game and story map!
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