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Exploring Comic Strips

Comic strips are a great way to encourage reading and writing and reinforce key story elements.

Alter Existing Comic Strips
Give your students a creative experience altering the comic strip "On the Rocks."

"Blondie," the Comic Strip
Students read several "Blondie" comic strips and then answer questions about them.

Comic Capers
This writing activity focuses on using complete sentences to explain what will happen in the last box of several comics.

Comic-Strip Challenge
Use comic strips to teach students that there is a beginning, middle, and end to stories.

Comic-Strip Scrapbook
Have students collect their favorite comic strip(s) over a period of time. Have them make a scrapbook to keep the strips organized. Allow students time to share their scrapbooks with other students.

Compare and Contrast Two Comics
Ask students to find the similarities and differences between two comic strips, using a Venn Diagram.

Science and Art: Hello Mr. Smart Heart
In this activity, students draw a cartoon or comic based on a healthy hero that stands before them.

Two Things That Don't Belong Together
The comic strip "On the Rocks" features two animals that don't exist in the same habitat in reality -- a penguin and a polar bear. Assign students the task of writing a story that places two such characters/items together (for example: an orchid in the desert, a monkey on a cruise ship, a giraffe in New York City, a dog in a school, a tent in a house).

Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.


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