Carver Elementary School

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Language Arts Activities From Marco Polo


Flip a Chip
Flip-a-Chip is a novel approach to word study that promotes vocabulary development. The activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.


Comic Creator
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).


Animal Inquiry Study
The Animal Inquiry interactive can enhance student inquiry in research. The graphic organizer invites students to explore four facets of animals [basic facts, animal babies, interaction with others, and habitats.


Eye on Idioms
Eye on Idioms can be used to introduce students to idioms. The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of seven idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.


Letter Generator
The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters containing all the essential elements needed for both styles of correspondence.


Fact Fragment Frenzy
Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.


Literary Elements Mapping
An updated version of the Story Map , this interactive best suits secondary students in literary study. Students can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes.


Hints About Print
Hints about Print demonstrates the process of evaluating a nonfiction print resource to determine its appropriateness for a research project.


Story Mapping
The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


Drama Mapping
An updated version of the Story Map , this interactive is aimed at secondary students focusing on literary analysis of drama. Students can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes.


Riddle Interactive
The Riddle Interactive outlines the characteristics of riddle poems and provides direct instruction on the prewriting and drafting process for writing original riddle poems. In addition to explanation of the concepts, the interactive links to an online organizer where students can begin work on their own poems.


The Stapleless Book
Designed for teachers and students alike, the Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!


Word Maker
Using Word Maker, students generate words by adding a beginning letter or blend to a word ending. This engaging tool helps students with letter-sound correspondence.


Students can generate descriptive timelines that can be plotted with their choice of units of measure (date, time, event, entry, or other). Entries on the timeline automatically become links that allow students to easily navigate from one point on the timeline to another.


Picture Match
Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short-vowel sounds by prompting students to identify a series of pictures and match them to the first letter or the vowel in the word they represent.


What’s In the Bag?
What’s in the Bag? invites primary students to play with vocabulary common to their environment.


Interactive Venn Diagram
This helpful interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams specific to a project or activity by identifying and recording concepts that can be placed on the appropriate area of the diagram. Students may edit and print the finished diagrams.


Word Wizard
Word Wizard uses themes from four popular
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