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Comic Master Home - World Stories Write Comics Quizzes Based On VOA Programs There are 102 multiple-choice quizzes. Other VOA Sections: America - History - Mosaic - People - Places - Quizzes - Studying - Words - RSS - More Quiz yourself on English grammar and vocabulary while reading scripts from VOA Special English.Not only can you practice English, but you can learn many interesting things while doing so. Games with Words These are games and quizzes by Charles Kelly that use words from the VOA Special English Word Book. Other Things

49 Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids – Oh the many joys of journaling! I love to write about journaling tips, creative journaling and journal writing techniques. But I am most often asked for a listing of journaling topics and prompts. Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of your student’s favorite activities, too. Elementary Writing and Journal Prompts and Story Starters for Kids So, without further ado… here’s an amazing list of elementary writing prompts and writing starters for your students! Imagine that you can become invisible whenever you wanted to? I am always looking to expand my listing of journaling prompts and would love to hear your ideas. May your student’s journaling adventure be filled with joy, fun and creativity. Happy journaling….

World Events | Student News Daily May 2016 5/24/2016 - News from Japan, Vietnam and Iran - London's Daily Telegraph and The Times of Israel 5/17/2016 - News from Iran, India and China - UK Guardian, London's Daily Telegraph 5/10/2016 - News from Canada, Thailand and Russia - CBS News, Reuters and RealClearDefense 5/3/2016 - News from Mexico, Israel and Italy - NY Post, Daily Telegraph, AFP April 2016 4/26/2016 - News from Taiwan, India and China - The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal 4/19/2016 - News from Ecuador, Great Britain and Venezuela - The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Reuters 4/12/2016 - News from Spain, Dubai and Japan 4/5/2016 - News from Qatar, Austria and China - London's Daily Telegraph and The Financial Times March 2016 3/29/2016 - News from Pakistan, Great Britain and France - London's Daily Telegraph 3/22/2016 - News from Japan, China and South Korea 3/15/2016 - News from Morocco, Malawi and Ivory Coast - Reuters and London's Daily Telegraph 3/8/2016 - News from India, Mexico and Italy February 2016 January 2016

50 Creative Writing Topics for kids Updated 9/15 Materials: Paper, pens/pencils, markers/crayons Creative writing is a great way for children to express themselves. How do you get kids to want to write without complaining? Creative writing is not just for older children. Topics 1. 2. 3.What do I want to be when I grow up and why? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Updated: 51.Think about something you are not allowed to do but wish you could. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. Halloween | History of Halloween | Trick or Treating | Making Jack-o'-lanterns Halloween is a festival that takes place every year on October 31. It is a time when children and adults dress up in costumes, go trick or treating and make jack-o-lanterns from empty pumpkins . Halloween goes back to the customs and traditions of the Celts , who lived between Ireland and Northern France about 2000 years ago. They were pagans who did not believe in god. They thought that witches , demons and the spirits of dead people wandered around the world on the evening before November 1. In ancient Rome the festival of Pomona was held in honour of the Roman goddess of fruits and gardens. Today Halloween is celebrated mainly by children who dress up as ghosts, witches and other evil spirits . In 1950 a school class in a small American neighborhood started collecting money instead of asking for treats. In many European countries people visit the graves of their relatives on All Saints’ or All Souls’ Day . A Jack-o'-lantern for Halloween Online Exercises

Storytelling Prompts for Kids - Tell Me A Story Time for the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids. The theme for November is Fairy Tales, Fables and Fractured Fairy Tales. My daughters have actually been reading quite a few fairy tale chapter books lately. When Clemency is attacked by an evil fairy, she remembers the tale of Peter Pan, as her father had told her one evening. Tell Me A Story – Storytelling Prompts for Kids First, print off the storytelling prompts. tell me a story – storytelling prompt.doc Next, cut out the prompts, fold them and place them inside a jar or bag. Finally, find some time to sit down with your family and have each person pull a prompt from the jar. When we gave this activity a try, I discovered that it helps to have a few key questions on hand in case the storyteller becomes stuck. what did you see? Since there is no writing involved, this activity can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Now it is time to find out what the other bloggers in the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids have been reading and creating.

History of Halloween Halloween falls on October 31st each year in North America and other parts of the world. What do you know about Halloween? Do you celebrate it in your country? Here is a little history about it. Vocabulary to evolve (v)- to change little by little spirit (n)- ghost, some people believe the spirit and body separate when a person diesholy (adj)- sacred, very good, related to religion. Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. More than a thousand years ago the Christian church named November 1 All Saints Day (also called All Hallows.) Like the Celts, the Europeans of that time also believed that the spirits of the dead would visit the earth on Halloween. The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. These days Halloween is not usually considered a religious holiday. Happy Halloween! Check Your Understanding True or False. 1. True False 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Picture Perfect Narrative Writing Our new reading series at school uses a lot of photo cards. We use them to introduce our new vocabulary words and to retell our stories. The students absolutely love looking at real pictures. After learning about a fabulous site where you can purchase photographs to use, I knew that I wanted to come up with a writing unit where students could tell and write about real pictures. This past week, we wrote about one of our pictures from the packet. We had a discussion about the picture and the students brainstormed what they think may be happening. Next, we began filling in our graphic organizer to tell about our story. The next day, we looked at our story again and began our writing. When the students were finished with their writing, they used an editing checklist to edit their own papers, then switched with a classmate to edit each others papers. They really enjoyed writing to a "real" picture and I'm excited to use the other pictures in the packet.

Book Cover Creator ReadWriteThink has a variety of resources for out-of-school use. Visit our Parent & Afterschool Resources section to learn more. More Download the plug-in tools you need to use our games and tools, or check to see if you've got the latest version. Learn more Home › Parent & Afterschool Resources › Games & Tools Tool Why Use This Tool Here's What To Do More Ideas To Try Send Us Feedback Why Use This Tool The Book Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate front and back covers, and full dust jackets. back to top Here's What To Do A variety of templates allow users to create just a book's front cover, front and back cover, or a full dust jacket. More Ideas To Try Send Us Feedback We invite you to share your experiences with this resource and provide us with any feedback on how it can be improved. Tell us what you thought about this Game or Tool

Welcome to the Workshop of The Story Elves! Trading Card Creator The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject. The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. back to top

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