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The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Novel Study

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
"There is something irresistible about popcorn" and about activities designed to accompany the reading of a really good book. The nine activities in this packet support the reading of Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award winning...
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Blackbird Pie

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students research the history of the children's nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." They interpret the ideas in the rhyme and create a visual representation of a Blackbird Pie.
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The Blackbird and the Cherry Tree

For Students K - 2nd Standards
Early readers discover the lesson learned through the fable, The Blackbird and the Cherry Tree. After reading, they test their comprehension with short answer questions, practice reading and writing sight words, and match present tense...
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Novel Study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Is it true that people are guilty by association? Kit, in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, finds that might be true. When exposed for her friendship with a lady accused of witchcraft, she too is accused of being a witch. Scholars use the...
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Intro to Witch on Blackbird Pond

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read Witch on Blackbird Pond and understand the difficulties of traveling to America during the colonial period.  For this Witch on Blackbird Pond lesson, 4th graders compare the choices we have in traveling to America...
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Witch of Blackbird Pond: Characters In a Novel

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students read Witch of Blackbird Pond and role-play events in the story.  In this Character development instructional activity, students interview the characters.  Students design a timeline with pictures to show the events of the...
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Teach This Poem: "In cold spring air" by Reginald Gibbons

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewReginald Gibbons' poem "In cold spring air" provides learners with a chance to develop their noticing skills. As a warm-up, class members watch Paul McCartney's video singing "Blackbird" and note words and phrases that stand out. They...
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Witch of Blackbird Pond

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students utilize their reading comprehension abilities by discussing a story in class.  In this story analysis lesson, students read the story Witch of Blackbird Pond and answer questions in their reading journal.  Students discuss the...
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners read and analyze the novel, 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond.' They list choices they have in society today, conduct a debate on freedom, role-play interviews with characters from the novel, create a timeline of a character, and...
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Thirteen Ways of Reading a Modernist Poem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the role of the speaker in two poems of the Romanticism and the Victorian periods and focus on the differences in Wallace Stevens' modernist "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." The key characteristics of literary...
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First Class Mail

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and write a friendly letter to Elizabeth George Speare, the author, discussing their points of interest in the novel with her.
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Make and Revise Predictions

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders make and revise predictions based on the chapters they have read in The Witch of Blackbird Pond. In this predictions lesson plan, 5th graders predict and then revise their predictions based on their background knowledge and...
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B is for Blackbird: The Letter B

For Students Pre-K - 2nd
In this letter b worksheet, students move a computer mouse over sample upper and lower case letters for guidance, then practice printing the upper and lower case letters.
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The Lake Trip

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this pollution and animals worksheet, students read and discuss a short story on one families trip to a lake and their encounters with pollution and Eastern Blackbirds. Students then answer 6 short answer questions referring back to...
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Zeros and Blackbirds

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders convert kilometers to miles and calculate the range that historical aircraft can travel. They choose destinations by distance that can be traveled without refueling.
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Converting Units and the SR-71

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students practice solving problems logically. Using the internet, students observe pictures and facts about the SR-71 Blackbird. They convert statistics about the aircraft. Students explore terms of flight and convert them to everyday...
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Lesson 2: Thirteen Ways of Reading a Modernist Poem

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers analyze modernist poetry and the role of speaker in example poems. Learners study modernist poems from the Romanticism and Victorian periods as well as Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Using a...
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Different Ways of Looking at .... Mimicking Wallace Stevens when writing about any topic of study

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Student writers select stanzas from 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens in order to model their own writing after. In this poetry writing lesson, learners write an impersonation of four chosen stanzas, choosing an...
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Personally Speaking

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders read, "The Witch of Blackbird Pond," and write an expository essay discussing choices they have in society today compared with the character Kit.
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Colonial America

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students read the novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. In groups, they conduct research using the Internet, encyclopedias, and books to gather information on an assigned colony. The projects are presented to the rest of the class.
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The Scarecrow: Mini-book

For Students K - 1st
In this worksheet/mini book, students read about a scarecrow and blackbirds. The worksheet is designed to be made into a mini book, some pages contain rhyming phrases, some do not.
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Compound Words

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Enhance your lesson on compound words with this colorful PowerPoint. This presentation defines a compound word, lists various examples, as well as includes a class activity and assignment. Note: During the reading activity, have students...
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Modernist Portraits

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How did literature reflect people's attitudes in post-World War I America? A lesson explores the topic using a variety of activities. Individuals watch and respond to a video; read author biographies and engage in discussion; write...
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12 Days of Christmas

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students will create a book by adapting the "12 Days of Christmas" to their own lives. In this activity students illustrate, create and write an accordion book using the traditional Christmas song "12 Days of Christmas" as a guide....

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