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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

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Advent

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

Interactive Read Aloud of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

This Critical Thinking Interactive Read Aloud of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson provides the thought-provoking questions essential to every...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Writing Allegory Vocabulary Stories in Grades 5–12

While I love reading novels with great vocabulary, it is rare that fiction inspires me to a new and unusual vocabulary lesson plan... This post shares

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Figment

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

11 Vocabulary Homework Ideas And How To Motivate Students To Do It!

Homework is such a valuable formative assessment for both teachers and students, and yet students are motivated* by many different factors when it...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Symbolism Lesson Plan Using Multiple Texts, Grades 3+

Symbolism can be a difficult concept for students to grasp! In this article, we'll explore teaching elementary students to identify and interpret...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Askew

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

10 Ways Teachers/Principals Can Celebrate Student Success

Most education professionals would agree that the job of “teacher” includes many other roles and responsibilities in addition to that of “instructor.”...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

17 Printable Vocabulary-Building Games

I love vocabulary-building games and activities; the students are always excited to learn and the classroom becomes a genuinely positive space. I can...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Belittle

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 Thanksgiving Reading Activities Elementary Students Will Love

The downloads that are available with this post are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving reading activities. Print these free worksheets for your...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Vocabulary Worksheets Your Students Will Love

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom with vocabulary words! Like most holidays, the festivities surrounding Thanksgiving give teachers an...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

In this article, you'll find free resources that will assist you in assessing the reading levels of elementary students at the beginning of the school...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Power Word of the Week: Procure

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

Close Reading Worksheets for Elementary Students [8 Printable Resources]

I've compiled printable worksheets that will assist educators in teaching close reading strategies to elementary students. In this article, you'll...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

29 Printable Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Teachers, literacy coaches, principals, and administrators all want to improve the writing of students. The ability to write effectively and...

Tiffany Rehbein

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