Hocus Pocus the movie from 1993 has become a “cult classic” after initially not doing very well. We recently watched Hocus Pocus 2, and as a teacher, what did I do, but write down vocabulary words from the film. No, not certain words. The word virgin is used quite a few times, and parents or teachers of young children who notice might want to say it means innocent. Slightly more aware children might be told it means a non-alcoholic mixed drink. Well, it might work for a while.

Many of the other words were worthy of this free word find and crossword puzzle download. I especially liked the word infer used in several ways, as that is one of the reading strategies we use in class. Of course, it means the author + me when reading and figuring out what an author is really saying. You might like the many free reading strategies products on this blog – see more information at this link.

The words aisle, apothecary, bewitched, binding contract, broomies, exiled, fluorescent, hocus, incantation, inference, Jello (they made it but didn’t name it for Winifred’s birthday),  legend, morsel, occult, pest, petulance, pivotal, pocus, potion, petulance, ravishing, spitballing, toote (de) suite, and vegan foods make for a fun set of vocabulary words for October.

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This is an image of the word find. As you can see, students may color the page when finished finding words.


This is an image of the crossword puzzle. These PDF pages could be used in a party as a race or just an activity.


The word bank will help with the crossword puzzle page.


All pages are shown on this image, except for the hand finished word find image.


The popular download Reading Strategies Pack One. See this blog post for more information and photos. This can be downloaded in our free eMember area.


Reading Strategies Pack two is a companion for the free reading strategies pack one, above. This link will open a free demonstration PDF to provide more information and a list of the CCSS addressed. This PDF is included in our premium Amember area.


ABC’s of Reading Comprehension for Pre-K – Grade One — A free developing reading comprehension skills eBook for parents and teachers of young children.  It is an instant download at the blog post.

Asking Questions Lesson and a Free Sample

Asking questions is one of several reading comprehension strategies practice in primary grades. This post has a freebie.


Interactive student notebook (ISN) activity page, free instant download PDF opens here reading-strategies-ISN-for-students.


Do you need rubrics? They are wonderful for being observed by the principal or peer coach to help answer the question, “How will you evaluate this lesson?”

Reading Strategies Professional Development Video

The post is about a 40-minute reading strategies professional development video in our premium Amember area by Wise Owl Factory. It has student PDFs and 2 renewal (CEU) units if approved by your school district. More information here.


Free synthesizing as a reading strategy video for professional development for teachers on the blog post.  Free student PDF. The video is about four minutes long and has information for teaching students about the synthesizing reading strategy.


Free non-fiction text conventions “workbook” for some writing, drawing, and cut and paste activities on these text features. Download in the free eMember area.


Free printable bookmark of some basic word solving strategies. Very helpful!

Prepare for Learning to Read in Kindergarten

Learning to read in Kindergarten and first grade begins with background preparation that parents can do at home, in the car, and even without using books all the time.

Free Grade 2 Word Wall Printable

The post shares our free grade-two word wall printable.  This PDF opens in our free eMember area.  It is intended to accompany writing workshop or class writing time.


Text to Text Connections with Knuffle Bunny and Going on a Bear Huntfree at the blog post.


Inferring discussion guide for A Photographic Fantasy: Stranger in the Woods, by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, download at the blog post 


Text to Text Connections with Knuffle Bunny and Going on a Bear Huntfree at the blog post.

Charlie Anderson Free Book Companion PDF

Free PDF work page and answer key is a free instant download at the blog post.


All the books Wise Owl Factory has made free PDF book companions, novel units, and literature companions. Most will download at the link to the blog post about the book, some will open at this link.

Word-solving Strategies for Clifford for President

Word-solving strategies can be fun with books like Clifford for President by Mark Mcveigh. Books that children find interesting enough to try to decode the words and understand the story are motivating enough for sneaking in some teaching.