When I was a tween, one of my favorite things to do was the newspaper crossword puzzle. I loved the challenge and the great feeling I got from completing it. I know it also gave me an edge at school. At 10, my son enjoys a lot of different kinds of puzzles and challenges, all delivered technologically. I introduced him to crossword puzzles online
There is nothing more wonderful, in my opinion, than watching my son reading afterschool. It is what he does when he’s bored, tired, waiting or just stuck inside because of the weather. Because he’s such an avid reader, he makes his way through books like a knife through butter. Therefore, I try to keep up with what books are out there right now so
Recently my son was reading something online. He was riveted! I usually find him watching YouTube videos or playing video games, so I was surprised to see him reading instead. When I asked him what it was that was holding his interest and he said a friend’s blog. Blogs are pages within a website where people write about their lives or any topic really.
The other day, during an after-school play date, I overheard my son and two of his friends telling each other their version of the back story of the game they were constructing while sitting under a big banyan tree. Several things caught my attention. First, that they instinctively knew the back story is important. Anyone who writes, or works in a storytelling business (theater
Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Poetry Grade Level: Upper Elementary From Child’s Garden of Verses How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, River and trees and cattle
According to the World Almanac, there are 193 countries in the world. In those 193 countries, there are at least 6900 languages spoken! That number of languages is hard to even imagine. The world record holder for most languages spoken is 58. That’s only about .8% of the total languages. With that many different ways to say “Hello,” it’s easy to think that people
Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Literary Text, Fables Grade Level: Middle Elementary There once lived a very rich couple who owned a large house. They had many servants to take care of their house, but it was very empty. They did not care to paint the walls or buy comfortable furniture. All they cared about was money! They spent every moment of every
Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences Grade Level: Upper Elementary A caracal is a carnivorous (meat-eating) mammal that belongs to the cat family. Its habitat is the dry savannas, scrublands, and rocky hills of Africa and the Asian countries of Arabia, Afghanistan and India. The caracal has a long, slender, muscular body and powerful legs. It has the ability
Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Cause and Effect Grade Level: Upper Elementary Have you ever been inside a greenhouse? A greenhouse is a glass building that is used for growing plants. Light and energy from the sun enter a greenhouse through the glass, which traps the heat inside. As a result, plants stay warm enough to live even in very cold weather. So
Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Literary Elements Grade Level: Middle elementary Jack and the Cornstalk A farmer sent his son Jack to check how high the corn was growing. Jack was a very short boy, so he brought a ladder with him. He was so small he made his ladder from pencils. Jack leaned his ladder up against one of the corn stalks.