Category Archives: Language Arts

Word Work

Like words?  Here is a site for you.  There are all kind of word games for you courtesy of my colleague Mrs. Venosable at


I know you love Goosebumps!  Can you create your own story?

All Things Edgar Allan Poe

We’ll be studying the great poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe this week.  To learn more about him and his works go out our livebinder at



I have been using Brainpop with my students for years.  They love it!  Now the great people at Brainpop have added great games to their site.

Getty Games

Online games with Getty art!

Get Ready for the Bee!

The Spelling Bee is coming soon.  Go to this link and practice, practice, practice!!!!

Comets and Delphi and Oracle, Oh My!

To combine our two units of study today in the computer lab, you will go to two separate websites.  The first one is on comets.

The second one will go along with our Greek mythology and the books we are reading.

Pretty Scary, right?

We will be studying Greek Mythodology these next few weeks and the students will want to learn about Medusa.  Well, this week we will learn about her.  How did she come about to be such a scary monster?  What happened to her when she was slain?  Ever heard of Pegasus?  These questions will be researched this week.

Beside learning about Medusa, we will learn about the myth of Echo and Narcissus through readers theater.  What moral does this story tell us today?

Roman and Greek mythological gods and goddesses game

gods and goddess definition

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Shakespeare Cyberhunt

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1. When was Shakespeare’s born?

2. Where did he live?

3. How many brothers and sisters did he have? List them.

4.  Who were his parents?

5.  What did his father do for a living?

6.  Was Shakespeare married? If so, to whom?

7.  Did Shakespeare have any children? How many?

8.  What type of plays did Shakespeare write?

9.   How many plays did he write?

10. List five plays Shakespeare wrote.

11. When was the famous Globe Theater built, and by whom?

12.  What happened to destroy the Globe Theater on June 29, 1613?

13. Beside plays, what other types of writing did he do?

14. What is a sonnet?

15. When did Shakespeare die?

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When you have completed this cyberhunt, have your teacher check your notebook.  Then you may go to

Summer Reading List

I am often asked by parents for a list of recommended books for their child to read during the summer.  Our Jefferson County Library Cooperative is a great source for these books.  I don’t know if you know it, but if you have a library card (and yes, it is FREE) you can go online and order books from all over the library cooperative and find most any books you could imagine.  Then, they will send it to your local library.  There are 40 libraries in this cooperative, so, I know one is near your home.

These are just some of my favorites:

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate Dicamillo and Timothy B. Ering

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Number the Stars (Yearling Newbery) by Lois Lowry

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Avon Camelot Books) by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Holes (Newbery Medal Book) by Louis Sachar

A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Medal Book) by Richard Peck and Steve Cieslaw

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin Fantasy) by Robert C. O’Brien and Zena Bernstein

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron and Matt Phelan

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003 John Newbery Medal Winner) by Avi

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book) by Cynthia Kadohata

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sis

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Wringer  (Trophy Newbery) by Jerry Spinelli

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Avon Camelot Books)by Beverly Cleary and Paul O. Zelinsky

Sing Down The Moon by Scott O’Dell

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Missing May (Yearling Newbery) by Cynthia Rylant

Frindle by Andrew Clements and Brian Selznick

The Report Card by Andrew Clements

The Landry News by Andrew Clements

The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements and Brian Selnick

Chasing Vermeer (Edgar Allen Poe Award. Best Juvenile (Awards)) by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett and Brett Helquist

(A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Reading list (This is a printable list)

St. Patrick’s Day Cyberhunt

1.  Where is Ireland located?

2.  What is the capital of the Republic of Ireland?

3.  Who is the patron saint of Ireland?

4.  Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day of March 17?

5.  What is the nickname of Ireland?

6.   According to old beliefs, what would a leprechaun hide at the end of a rainbow?

7.  What is the Blarney Stone?

8.  What is the official symbol of Ireland?

9.  What is a shamrock?

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Summer Fun and Learning

I have created a new category in our links section to the right to add new websites as I find them for your enjoyment and learning. Check back often for new activities.  The new links are listed under A+ Summer Fun.sun_hot_md_wht