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Literature

Mission 1: Book Reports

Book Report Templates

Technology-Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports

Mission 2: Classics

Free Classic Books from Read.gov

Free Classic Audiobooks via iTunes

Free Classic Audiobooks online

Mission 3: Myths

Greek Myths 4 Kids

Greek Myths worksheets and games

How did the mole become blind?

Moles are not blind, as most people believe. They do have eyes and internal ears, but these are very small to prevent them being clogged up and damaged during tunnelling. Although they can see, the mole’s eyesight is poor, with no ability to detect colours, just light from dark and movement. – http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/animal-facts/mole

How did the zebra get its stripes?

torso stripes may do more to help zebras regulate their body temperature than to avoid predators and tsetse flies – http://www.livescience.com/49447-zebras-stripes-cooling.html

How did the opossum learn to play dead?

Playing dead is an involuntary response on the part of the opossum. The stress of the confrontation facing the opossum causes him to go into shock. This shock induces a comatose state that can last from 40 minutes to four hours. – http://animals.mom.me/opossums-playing-dead-5274.html

What causes lightning?

Lightning is an electric current. To make this electric current, first you need a cloud.

When the ground is hot, it heats the air above it. This warm air rises. As the air rises, water vapour cools and forms a cloud. When air continues to rise, the cloud gets bigger and bigger. In the tops of the clouds, temperature is below freezing and the water vapour turns into ice.

Now, the cloud becomes a thundercloud. Lots of small bits of ice bump into each other as they move around. All these collisions cause a build up of electrical charge.

Eventually, the whole cloud fills up with electrical charges. Lighter, positively charged particles form at the top of the cloud. Heavier, negatively charged particles sink to the bottom of the cloud.

When the positive and negative charges grow large enough, a giant spark – lightning – occurs between the two charges within the cloud. – http://www.planet-science.com/categories/over-11s/natural-world/2012/06/what-causes-lightning.aspx

What causes ocean waves?

The winds cause waves on the surface of the ocean (and on lakes). The wind transfers some of its energy to the water, through friction between the air molecules and the water molecules. – http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/ocean/Waves.shtml

Mission 4: Fables

Aesop’s Fables

Fable Worksheets

Mission 5: Autobiographies

Autobiographies for Kids

Autobiography Worksheet

Mission 6: Alliteration

Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids

Alliteration Worksheet

Mission 7: Story Action

Choose Your Own Fairy Tale Game

Put the Plot in Order Worksheet

Plot Worksheet

Mission 8: Drama Terms

Free Plays for Kids

Drama Vocabulary Match

Spelling & Vocabulary

Mission 9: Homophones

Homophones Game

Homophones Worksheet

Mission 10: Acronyms

Acronym Finder

Acronyms Worksheet

Mission 11: Root Words

Root Word Dictionary

Root Word Worksheet

Mission 12: Idioms

Idioms Game

Idioms Worksheet

Mission 13: Dictionary Skills

How to Use a Dictionary Game

Dictionary Race Game

Mission 14: Spelling Rules

Spelling Rules Game

Spelling Rule Worksheets, Games, and Helps

Grammar

Mission 15: Possessive Nouns & Pronouns

Possessive Nouns Game

Possessive Pronouns Worksheet

Mission 16: Helping Verbs

Helping Verbs Game

Helping Verbs Worksheets

Mission 17: Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses Game

Verb Tenses Worksheet

Mission 18: Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verb Jeopardy Game

Irregular Verbs Worksheets

Mission 19: Linking Verbs

Linking and Action Verb Game

Linking Verbs Worksheet

Mission 20: Prepositions

Billionaire Prepositions Game

Prepositions Worksheet

Children’s Songs, Remaining Children’s Songs

Mission 21: Parts of Speech

Parts of Speech Asteroids Game

Parts of Speech Worksheets

Mission 22: Subjects

Simple Subject Game

Subject and Predicate Worksheet

Mission 23: Predicates

Subject and Predicate Game

Subject and Predicate Worksheet

Mission 24: Compound Subjects & Predicates

Compound Subject & Predicate Video

Online Compound Subject & Predicate Quiz

Compound Subject & Predicate Worksheet

Mission 25: Commas

Comma Chameleon Game

Commas in a Series Worksheet

Commas in Dates and Addresses Worksheet

Composition & Speaking

Mission 26: Copywork

Outer Space Copywork and Printables

The Ultimate Guide to Free Copywork

Mission 27: Combining Short Sentences

Compound Sentence Game

Combining Short Sentences Worksheet

Mission 28: Sentences & Fragments

Spot the Sentence Game

Sentence or Fragment Worksheet

Mission 29: Paragraphs

Paragraphs Game

Unscramble the Paragraph Worksheet

Mission 30: Word Order

Falling Clouds Game

Word Order Worksheets

Mission 31: Story Completion

Finish Me Story Activities

Story Starters Printables

Mission 32: Encyclopedias

Britannica Kids – 7 Day Free Trial

Encyclopedia Scavenger Hunts

Mission 33: Shape Poems

Shape Poem Creator

Shape Poem Worksheets

Mission 34: Friendly Letters

Friendly Letter Creator – parts are right justified

Friendly Letter Template

Pen pal resources

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Mission 35: Keyboarding

Typing Games

Typing Lessons

Mission 36: Keywords

Keyword Worksheets