characters Archives - Mary Kienstra


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Character Analysis – Speed Dating Style

By: Mary Kienstra on: May 24, 2015  in: #tlap, characters, dress-up;, Engagement

Sometimes my craziest ideas turn out to the be the best ones.  We are getting close to the end of the school year, so it’s time for a party in reading class.  But not just any party.  This party was a “dress as your favorite character from a book” party.  Additionally, they brought 5 props […] Read more


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Bring The Phantom Tollbooth to Life

By: Mary Kienstra on: July 1, 2014  in: characters, Engagement, reading, setting

My goal this year was to make learning come to life for my students.  After reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster my students became the characters in the novel.  If you’ve read this wonderful fantasy novel, you remember that Milo goes on a journey and meets many characters along the way.  He learns something important […] Read more