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Literacy

How Self-monitoring Strategies Support Students When Reading Closely

That sense of independence and belief in one's ability to comprehend a text independently often leads to students challenging themselves and taking...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Gullible

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

How Word Parts and Context Clues Strategies Can Help Students Become Better Test Takers

So often, teachers tell students to figure out what a word means based on its word parts or on surrounding context clues, but rarely know how to...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Baseball Parts of Speech Grammar Game, Grades 2–12

The use of sports in the classroom is a great way to engage young people in learning! One of my favorite days of the year is baseball’s Opening Day. I...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Nomadic

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 Game: Relay with Vocabulary Words!

The Relay with Words Vocabulary Game gets students moving and provides vocabulary instruction indirectly through play! This interactive vocabulary...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Pacifist

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

Women's History Month Research Activity, Grades 3–8

Every March, I make it a point to celebrate Women's History Month with my students. Instead of assigning a typical biography report, I have students...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Lesson Plan: March Madness Bracket Battle, Grades 2–12

Have students fill out brackets for vocabulary words and let them decide the "ultimate vocabulary word" in the categories of nouns, verbs, and...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Exonerate

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

How to Use a Dr. Seuss Book to Promote STEAM in the Classroom

STEM units and lessons are gaining popularity in many districts across the country. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics....

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Classroom Debate Lesson Plan Inspired by March Madness, Grades 5+

Debates are a fun activity that demand students use a variety of literacy skills. In this article, you'll find a classroom debate lesson plan that is...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Decrepit

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

Teaching Persuasive Writing in the Classroom [Free Kit for Grades 3–12]

This article focuses on persuasive writing and how educators can help students use it to improve their critical writing and thinking skills. The...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Maim

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

5 Ways to Become an Educational Leader

In this article, I'm providing teachers, educational coaches, and administrators with my top five ideas to develop as a leader, including a myriad of...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Printable Reading Activities for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to highlight previous posts and printable reading activities that you may want to try with your students. In...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Provincial

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

Free Presidents' Day Worksheets for Comparing and Contrasting Texts, Grades 3–5

One skill my students seem to struggle with across grade levels is comparing and contrasting texts. In honor of Presidents' Day, I use the following...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Practice With Rap Your Words

Make vocabulary practice fun for students with the Rap Your Words activity. In this article, I share how I get students to write and record rap lyrics...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Printable Valentine Worksheets- 'Love Is An Open Door' Writing for K–5

With Valentine's Day approaching you may be looking for fun activities to incorporate into your literacy block. In this article, you'll find free...

Erin Lynch

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