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Teachers: Suggestions for Stretching Your Paper Budget (Katie & Kimble free classroom materials)

We are hoping that some time within 2012 we will be able to include the Katie & Kimble Activity Packets in an online, computer lab system. Keep a look out for the big announcement!


The Katie & Kimble books come with free downloadable Activity Packets at third-grade reading level for teachers to use as they see fit. There are six Activity Packets per book. Each Activity Packet contains 7 pages, all of which can be adapted for use in ways other than printing out in order to stretch your paper budget. Download Stretching Your Paper Budget here.

 


The No-paper Alternative



Transparencies: To put the no-paper alternative into practice, have each reader bring a spiral notebook from home. Call it a reading notebook.

 

The first teacher to use the Katie & Kimble books can take the Activity Packets and burn a set of transparencies that can be passed around from teacher to teacher with the classroom sets of the books. These can be placed on an overhead projector for readers to use.

 

At the beginning of each Activity Packet, the reader will copy the Content/Getting Started (prediction) page into his or her notebook. Then as the reader completes each of the activity pages that follow, he or she can check off the completed pages.

 

Readers can write the answers to many of the activity pages in the notebook. In some cases, they will need to write the questions in their notebook and then write their responses. In the case of the floor plan of Katie’s bedroom, readers can sketch it in to their notebooks and then fill in the labels that way, or one reader would stand at the projector as they fill in the worksheet as a group with an erasable marker. This would no doubt be the best way for the crossword puzzle activity pages, too.

 

PDFs: The reading notebook can also be used in a similar fashion if readers have access to computers. The teacher is welcome to download the PDFs of the Katie & Kimble Activity Packets to as many computers as is necessary and to rename the files to suit her/his purposes. Readers can then work at their own pace and use the above system.

 

Computer plus projector: If your classroom is equipped with a computer and a projector, you can show the pages on the screen from the PDFs. You are free to download these PDFs into any computer.

 

The Three-page Alternative

 

Similar to the no-paper alternative above, the three-page alternative involves running off copies of the Content/Getting Started page for each of the six Activity Packets, front and back, on three sheets of paper. This may make the Activity Packets seem more “official” in the mind of the reader.

 

Readers can also draw the Awards Ribbons into their notebooks at the end of each packet or draw them on scraps of paper to put up on the wall or the bulletin board.

 

Download the free Katie & Kimble classroom materials here.

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

 


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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

#Teachers: Cereal Box Book Report Idea (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish for ages 6-10)


As so much of the plot of Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish centers around a box of cereal, I thought this clever and fun idea to build a book report around a cereal box was the perfect class or home school activity to feature here on the Katie & Kimble Blog. The activity comes from the book 24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports by Susan Ludwig (Scholastic) and was adapted for the Katie & Kimble Blog by Mrs. Barbara Day, a 4th grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

 

24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activities with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

 

My students read fiction, and created a Cereal Box Book Report. Students were to invent a cereal based on a fictional book that they had read during the month. They were to think of a name and shape for the cereal that was somehow connected to the book they had read. We covered real cereal boxes with paper, and each side of the box was to follow a specific guideline:

 

 

* Front: the name of the cereal and picture to go with it.
* Back: A game based on the story, which must include information from the story.
* Right Side: Ingredients—the characters and story setting. (Some of the kids got confused on this one and just listed food ingredients.)
* Left Side: A summary of the book, including the main conflict and resolution.
* Top: The title and author of the book, and the student’s name.

 

 

The last step was for students to plan and present a commercial for their cereal to the class. I was very pleased with the results. We had 100% completion of this project, and the kids seemed enthusiastic.
Thank you to Mrs. Day for sharing your classroom experience with us, and to Ms. Ludwig for allowing us to reproduce such an exciting classroom activity from her creative book. We appreciate it!

 



 

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

 


Winner: Juvenile Books Series.



Now you can read the first 6 chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free. Click here to download the PDF. All the pictures are included!

c) 2015-2016

Teachers: Cereal Box Book Report Idea (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish) RL3


As so much of the plot of Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish centers around a box of cereal, I thought this clever and fun idea to build a book report around a cereal box was the perfect class or home school activity to feature here on the Katie & Kimble Blog. The activity comes from the book 24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports by Susan Ludwig (Scholastic) and was adapted for the Katie & Kimble Blog by Mrs. Barbara Day, a 4th grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

 

24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activities with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

 

My students read fiction, and created a Cereal Box Book Report. Students were to invent a cereal based on a fictional book that they had read during the month. They were to think of a name and shape for the cereal that was somehow connected to the book they had read. We covered real cereal boxes with paper, and each side of the box was to follow a specific guideline:

 

 

* Front: the name of the cereal and picture to go with it.
* Back: A game based on the story, which must include information from the story.
* Right Side: Ingredients—the characters and story setting. (Some of the kids got confused on this one and just listed food ingredients.)
* Left Side: A summary of the book, including the main conflict and resolution.
* Top: The title and author of the book, and the student’s name.

 

 

The last step was for students to plan and present a commercial for their cereal to the class. I was very pleased with the results. We had 100% completion of this project, and the kids seemed enthusiastic.
Thank you to Mrs. Day for sharing your classroom experience with us, and to Ms. Ludwig for allowing us to reproduce such an exciting classroom activity from her creative book. We appreciate it!

 



 

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

 


Winner: Juvenile Books Series.



Now you can read the first 6 chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free. Click here to download the PDF. All the pictures are included!

c) 2015

Download Free Katie & Kimble Word Puzzles for Books 1 and 2 Here! Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for ages 6-10 #IARTG

 

Free Katie & Kimble word puzzles are now available on the sidebar of the Katie & Kimble Blog. There are six puzzles, five of which are also available in the Katie & Kimble classroom materials / Activity Packets.

 

Three of the puzzles go with Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, and three of the puzzles go with Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish. You can download the puzzles as PDF files here, free of charge.

 

Katie & Kimble Puzzles


 


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)!







[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

#Teachers: Cereal Box Book Report Idea (Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish for ages 6-10) #books


As so much of the plot of Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish centers around a box of cereal, I thought this clever and fun idea to build a book report around a cereal box was the perfect class or home school activity to feature here on the Katie & Kimble Blog. The activity comes from the book 24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports by Susan Ludwig (Scholastic) and was adapted for the Katie & Kimble Blog by Mrs. Barbara Day, a 4th grade teacher from Des Moines, Iowa.

 

24 Ready-to-Go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activities with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

 

My students read fiction, and created a Cereal Box Book Report. Students were to invent a cereal based on a fictional book that they had read during the month. They were to think of a name and shape for the cereal that was somehow connected to the book they had read. We covered real cereal boxes with paper, and each side of the box was to follow a specific guideline:

 

 

* Front: the name of the cereal and picture to go with it.
* Back: A game based on the story, which must include information from the story.
* Right Side: Ingredients—the characters and story setting. (Some of the kids got confused on this one and just listed food ingredients.)
* Left Side: A summary of the book, including the main conflict and resolution.
* Top: The title and author of the book, and the student’s name.

 

 

The last step was for students to plan and present a commercial for their cereal to the class. I was very pleased with the results. We had 100% completion of this project, and the kids seemed enthusiastic.
Thank you to Mrs. Day for sharing your classroom experience with us, and to Ms. Ludwig for allowing us to reproduce such an exciting classroom activity from her creative book. We appreciate it!

 



 

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

 


Winner: Juvenile Books Series.



Now you can read the first 6 chapters of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story for free. Click here to download the PDF. All the pictures are included!

c) 2015