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Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Hearth

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

13 Ideas for Differentiated Reading Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

Differentiation has been a buzzword in education for years. As a literacy specialist, it is a critical part of my job. Differentiation is how a teacher...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Help Struggling Readers Build Vocabulary; 10+ Printables to Get You Started

Today I want to discuss how to help struggling readers build vocabulary! In this article, you'll find over 10 free printables reading specialists and...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Authorize

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Teacher New Year’s Resolutions You'll Actually Keep! [Free Printable Worksheet]

As an educator, I’ve always appreciated that the second semester of school kicks off right after the New Year’s celebrations. It inspires me to reflect...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Team-Building Activities for High School Students

In this article, you'll discover how team-building activities benefit high school students, ways to ensure team-building activities will be successful,...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Free Printable New Year Activities for Students, Grades 1–5

The beginning of a New Year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year gives...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Brandish

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Model Close Reading Annotation Using "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year in January, I take time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with students by: reading about his life, listening to his speeches, and...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Using Social Media in the Classroom to Practice Vocabulary Words

So often, students feel a disconnect between their personal lives and their school lives, and I want to help find opportunities to connect the two. I...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Oust

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Cinderella Stories Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan, Grades 3–5

Did you know there are hundreds of different Cinderella stories around the world? Use my compare and contrast lesson plan to take your students on an...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Free Winter Holiday Worksheets for Vocabulary and Writing

Get students back on task and engaged in learning with these winter holiday worksheets. Below are six free printable winter worksheets students can use...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Ad hoc

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

The "Grammar Fir Tree" Holiday Writing Activity, Grades 3–8

In this article you'll discover a fun holiday activity where students will write about traditions while focusing on key grammar elements. Plus, I've...

Tiffany Rehbein

Literacy

Winter Holidays Around the World– Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

The holiday season is a great time to incorporate cultural awareness into instruction! With the "Winter Holidays Around the World" lesson plans...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Holiday Close Reading Lessons, Grades 3–8

The holidays can be a challenging time to keep students focused. They are usually thinking about anything other than school. This is why I embrace the...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Inveigh

Vocabulary development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. It doesn't matter if a student is learning a new grammar rule or...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt Activity, Grades 1–12 (FREE Worksheets Included)

Send your students off on a scavenger hunt to discover vocabulary words with my free worksheets. The Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt Activity challenges...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Annotating Text Strategies That Will Enhance Close Reading [Printable Resources]

One of the most important skills I teach my students as we begin to work on close reading is how to annotate texts. Teaching annotation strategies will...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

Informative/Explanatory Writing in the Classroom, Grades 3–12

Lets explore the importance of teaching informative/explanatory writing in the classroom. Students need to have the ability to clearly convey concepts...

Tiffany Rehbein

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