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Teachers & Homeschoolers- Download FREE Katie & Kimble Materials! (3rd grade)

Hey, teachers and homeschoolers! Free Katie & Kimble
classroom/ homeschool materials are now available to download from the Katie & Kimble Blog!

 

I have uploaded the full set of Activity Packets that accompany Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (280L) and the full set of Activity Packets for Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (290L) — 3rd grade reading level and skill level.

 

NOW the free downloadable, printable Awards Package for each book is included right in the file with the Activity Packets. Readers can mark their progress with color-in ribbons!

 

Answer Keys are now available, too. See below.

 

Each Activity Packet covers two chapters and contains 7 Activity Pages (reading skills, word skills, comprehension,
apply text to self, writing, etc.).

 

The first page of each Activity Packet is a Table of Contents/Cover page for the packet. Teachers and homeschoolers can decide which Activity Pages to use in each packet, and kids can check off each Activity Page on the Contents page as they complete it (very motivating, as they can see their progress). The Contents page/Cover sheet also contains pre-reading activities (predictions) for the chapters that follow. These Katie & Kimble Activity Packets are
available to download free of charge.

 

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 



As some of you know, I used to be an English teacher (ESL). I also used to create materials on a regular basis, both for my own classes and for the language programs that employed me. So, it just follows naturally that I would wish to create some materials to go along with Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish.

 

These materials are RL3 (third grade). As my guide, I have used the requirements from two Iowa school systems for reading skills in their third grade classrooms and the national standards for third grade. Plus, I’ve had the input of a wonderful third grade teacher, Mrs. Juli Dodd, MA, who specializes in reading.

 

I have Reading/Writing Activities and Class/Group Activities, including prompts for writing reports on things related to the Katie & Kimble stories. I’ve also created topics and prompts to go with my Childhood Stories that you will find on the top bar of the Katie & Kimble blog.

 

KK–ClassroomActivities.pdf

 

You can download all the materials free of charge below and make copies for your own personal use or for classroom use. And don’t forget the free downloadable coloring pages!

 

Download the pdf of Activity Packets 1A-1C and Activity Packets 1D-1F for Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story here:

 

KK1–ActivityPackets-1A-1C.pdf

 

KK1–ActivityPackets-1D-1F.pdf

 

Download the pdf of Activity Packets 2A-2C and Activity Packets 2D-2F for Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish here:

 

KK2–ActivityPackets-2A-2C.pdf


KK2–ActivityPackets-2D-2F.pdf



Answer Keys

 

KK–AnswerKeys-Books1and2.pdf

 

 

Katie & Kimble Awards Package



This Awards Package has been designed to accompany the Activity Packets for Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish.



The Katie & Kimble Awards Package, consists of one four-inch ribbon to be awarded to the reader upon the completion of each Activity Packet. The ribbons are designed to be printed out and work equally well in color or in
black and white/grayscale.


Suggested Use



When the reader has finished Activity Packet 1A, for example—the “1” meaning Book 1 and the “A” meaning the first packet—give the reader the ribbon for packet 1A. The reader can color in the ribbon, cut it out and write her or his name on the blank ribbon. The reader can then collect the ribbons, pin them or tape them up on the wall or on a bulletin board, and watch her or his progress grow. At the end of each of the Katie & Kimble books, the reader is to be awarded one of the bigger, six-inch ribbons to signify having completed the entire book and all six of the
Activity Packets.



The printable ribbons can be downloaded here. There are six small ribbons per book and one large ribbon per book.

 

KK–AwardsPackage.pdf

 


Fun Katie & Kimble Hint: On the sidebar, click on the yellow stripes for a little surprise or two!

 



 


Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:



Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!




 


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]


Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.





Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.



© 2009-2016 by Linda Thieman

Happy Hanukkah! Watch the Dreidel Songs Here! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



In Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, Book 1 in the Katie & Kimble series, Kimble teaches Katie how to play dreidel.

 

Dreidel is a game that Jewish children play during Hanukah.

 

Dreidels come in many sizes with many different designs and colors. The dreidel pictured on the left is called a Noah’s Ark dreidel because the pictures tell the story of Noah’s Ark. It was painted by an artist named Yair Emanuel. It’s got a little stand to hold it up.

 

The dreidel below is really something amazing to see. It’s very big – 10 inches high, in fact – and it’s a plush toy! I thought that was pretty interesting. I don’t suppose you can actually play dreidel with such a big dreidel, but it might be comfy to keep on your bed!

 

In Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, you learn how to play dreidel at the same time that Kimble teaches
Katie how to play.

 

Below, I’ve included a couple of great Dreidel Song videos. In the first one, Jono sings about his favorite game, Dreidel, but he gets the history of playing dreidel all mixed up. When the rabbi tries to correct him, Jono just doesn’t listen!

 

 

Kenny Ellis sings his hit single from his Hanukkah Swings! Album on Favored Nations Records. Check out: www.kennyellis.com

 

 


Interesting Fact:
Hanukah is sometimes spelled in different ways! You might see it like this, with 2 k’s–Hanukkah–or you might see it like this, with a c–Chanukah!

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.


Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available in the Katie & Kimble Shop and also on Amazon.com:

 

Paperback version: $5.95

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!


 


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]

 

Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.


 

© 2009-2015 by Linda Thieman

True Stories from the author of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story — When I was 7: My Dog

by Linda Thieman, author, Katie & Kimble

Hi! My name is Linda Thieman (pronounced TEE-mun). I write the Katie & Kimble stories.



I wanted to share with you my favorite story from when I was 7 years old. This is a true story. It happened to me!

 

 


When I was six, my dad decided we should have a dog. My mom agreed. My little sister, Nancy, and I were very excited, too.

 

We went over to some friends of my dad’s. They were a married couple named Bob and Lucretia. We saw their puppies—they were Labradors, or Labs.

 

We chose the cutest little black Lab puppy. We liked him because he had a crooked tail. Then, we needed to pick a name. My dad suggested we name the dog after his friends. We all liked the idea. So, we named the dog Lubo—“Lu” for Lucretia and “bo” for Bob. I thought this was kind of funny since Prince William and his wife, Catherine, named their little, black dog “Lupo”–it’s almost the same!

 

Lubo grew into a very big dog. He was really my dad’s dog. We had a big backyard with a fence around it. Lubo was happy to run free outside, safe in the big backyard.

 

Lubo was too big to be a house dog. At night, Lubo would sleep in the garage. Sometimes he got bored in the garage, so he ate our picnic table! Or chewed it to pieces, anyway.

 

My dad liked to do experiments with Lubo. He’d try something different and then see what happened. For example, Dad would walk Lubo down to the corner of our block. It was quite far away. Then, he’d tell Lubo to “sit.” Then my dad would walk home. Lubo stayed and sat at the corner. When Dad got home, he’d turn around and whistle loudly. Then Lubo would come running.

 

One time, when I was 7, my dad decided to do another experiment with Lubo. My dad came into the living room to get my little sister and me. My sister was 5. Dad said, “I want to try something with Lubo. I’ll pretend that I’m spanking Nancy. Then Nancy can pretend she’s crying. Then we’ll see what Lubo does.” It was a funny idea, especially since Dad never spanked us!

 

Nancy and I agreed to go along with it. So, the three of us went out to the garage where Lubo was. Dad sat down on the steps in front of the door to the kitchen. Nancy leaned over his lap. Then he pretended he was angry. He also pretended he was spanking her. And Nancy pretended she was crying.

 

It didn’t take long and Lubo was right there, growling at my dad! We were so surprised because Lubo never growled. Lubo was trying to protect my sister!

 

Well, Dad put Nancy down and patted Lubo. We all had a good laugh. We didn’t know that Lubo was a guard dog!

 

Years later, when I was in junior high, we had another dog. Her name was JP. She was a short-legged Beagle. She was mostly black and white, with a little brown.

 

I guess my sister and I really take after our dad because we used to do experiments with JP, too. For example, JP had a gold plastic bed with a blue mattress.

Sometimes, we’d point to her bed and say, “Go to your bed!” She would always go.

 

So, one day, Nancy and I decided to take JP’s bed apart. We put the gold, plastic frame on one side of the room. Then we put the blue mattress on the other side of the room. Then I pointed to the area between the two parts of the bed. I said, “Go to your bed!”

 

So, JP looked at the gold frame and she looked at the blue mattress. She looked back and forth. She couldn’t decide. Finally, she walked over and sat on the blue mattress! She was not a stupid dog, that’s for sure.

 

What would you do? Think about it for a minute. If someone took your bed apart, where would you go? Would you lie down on the floor inside the metal frame? Or would you lie down on the mattress?

 

Oh, and by the way, JP got her name from the man who gave her to us. His name was Jerry Pile. That’s my dad for you!

 

 


Copyright © 2007-2015 by Linda Thieman

Watch the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story Video Here (for ages 6-10)



Here’s something fun to do! Watch the video for Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story! The video tells the story of how Katie and Kimble meet, shows lots of colored pictures, and uses the Kimble, Kimble chant. You can find the words to the Kimble, Kimble chant over
on the sidebar of this blog and chant along.

 

You can click here to watch the video on You Tube, or you can watch the video below.

 

 







Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 


 

©2010-2015 by Linda Thieman

A Great Book for Halloween – A Mom Blogger’s Review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10



Time to get ready for Halloween! Mom blogger Kimberly over at She Scribes calls Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story “fun to read…for Halloween.”

 

She also calls it “funny” and “not a scary story.” In fact, she says, it is “more so a story about friendship and having a special bond with someone.”

 

Read Kimberly’s complete review here.



To read Chapters 1 through 6, click here!


[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]




Nine-year-old Katie Russell and her family look normal. But the Russells don’t know they are living with Kimble, the ghost of a ten-year-old girl. That is, until Katie discovers Kimble and the two of them set off on a quest to find out what happened to Kimble’s mother.

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:

Paperback version: $5.95

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!






 



Please visit us here (http://katieandkimbleblog.com) for updates.




© 2009-2015 by Linda Thieman



Six MORE Moms Review Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (ages 6-10) #IARTG



Here you can read reviews of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (a chapter book for ages 6-10) written by some wonderful mom bloggers. See what moms are thinking about this chapter book series by children’s book author Linda Thieman!

 

 

[Reading Level 3, 280L, for ages 6-10]



1) The Homeschool Messenger (Susieqtpie’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…It is 106 pages of pure fictional fun! Don’t let the Ghost Story title keep your young ones from reading the book. It isn’t a scary book! Katie moves to a new town with her family and discovers a kindred spirit! She goes on a quest that is engaging and heartfelt!”

 

 

2) Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews (Cindi’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…make sure to add this charming mystery book to your child’s reading list this summer!”

 

 

3) The Post-it Place (Jyl’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“…a book that will keep children engaged and wanting to know more. It isn’t frightening at all, so no worries that your child won’t be able to sleep at night; it is just fun, excitement and a little suspense.”

 

 

4) From Melissa’s Desk (Melissa’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“I recommend this fabulously written book to all children ages 6-10!”

 

 

5) ‘Deal’ectible Mommies (Candace’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Not only is Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story a fun read, it allows Milla and me to have some precious time together every night before bed. She makes a point every night to bring me the book and curiously awaits the next adventure!”

 

 

6) Homeschool Buzz Reviews (Kathy’s review of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story)
“Kimble is so pleasant you quickly forget she’s really a ghost!… Another spunky character is Katie’s dog, Twinkle; her ever present, playful English sheepdog is very appealing.”

 

 



Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Katie & Kimble series among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

 

 

Winner: Juvenile Books Series.

 

 




Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story (Book 1 in the series) and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2 in the series) are available here:

Paperback version: $5.95

 

 

Click here to order Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story!


Click here to order Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (Book 2)!




 


©2009-2015 by Linda Thieman