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Creative Ways to Teach Parts of Speech in Middle School and High School

In this article, you'll find tips for reviewing or teaching parts of speech in middle school and high school. Plus, download five creative printables...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

15 Free Back-to-School Printables for Teachers

Although I have been working all summer long, the inevitable school year start date suddenly looms up before me, scary and overwhelming. To honor...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

How to Teach Grammar Effectively in Schools and Across Disciplines [5 Free Printables]

Recently, I had a hallway conversation with colleague who asked me, "Does grammar even matter anymore?" My initial reaction was, "Of course, grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

7 Fun Professional Development Ideas for Teachers

During summer break, teachers should take advantage of their slower schedules to complete professional development hours.  In this article, we'll...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Run-on Sentence Practice Activity for Students, Grades 3–8

Run-on sentences is one the most common errors students make in their writing. In this article, you'll find a printable run-on sentence practice...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Mother's Day Revision Lesson, Grades 3–5

Teaching revision is crucial to the development of all students’ writing abilities. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers,...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

A Fun Proofreading Activity for Students in Grades 3–5

We all have had those moments. We have just hit the Send button on our email, and we see that one word. That one that is misspelled. That one that...

Tiffany Rehbein

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

Grammar

5 Fun Grammar Worksheets to Use This Spring!

Spring brings with it both pleasant weather and the interesting dynamic of nearing the end of the school year – which can be exhausting – as well as...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Celebrity Tweets Worksheet for Revising and Editing Practice, Grades 7–12

Social media has become a powerful tool for teaching and learning. Wouldn’t it be fun to edit spelling, grammar, and punctuation in a relevant and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Grammar Creatively; Seven Worksheets To Get You Started

It can be a struggle to keep students interested in learning about the more technical side of language. One way that teachers can enhance grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

4 Tips to Successfully Begin a New Semester After Winter Break

Resolutions abound in the new year, and the beginning of a new semester can represent a clean slate, as well. A new year naturally lends itself to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Winter & Holiday-Themed Activities Students Can Use to Review Vocabulary and Improve Writing

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

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Grammar

Nature-themed Homophone Activity, Grades 5–8

Emily Dickinson referred to nature as “the gentlest mother.” This image of ushering out one season and kindly welcoming in another, reminds me of the...

Tiffany Rehbein

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

Vocabulary

8 Printable Halloween Language Arts Worksheets!

Download eight free Halloween language arts worksheets that will engage students in learning and make your classroom feel truly spooktacular! The...

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Grammar

Halloween Grammar Parts of Speech Worksheets for Grades 3–5

October is the time to year that welcomes the ghosts and goblins associated with Halloween. The end of the month usually signifies the end of a term or...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

An Awesome SAT and ACT Comparison for Teachers and Students

I will never forget driving to my SAT exam early one Saturday morning; I had the radio blaring classical music while I crunched peppermints and...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Practice Combining Adjectives and Action Words This Summer, Grades 3–5

Last week I took my sons on a hike in a national park. The summery sunshine encouraged us to hike a couple of miles on the trails. Listening to my...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Snowflake Adjectives Activity, Grades 3–8

Winter is a special time to enjoy the outdoors. Children like to frolic in the snow, build snowmen, go sledding, and after getting rosy cheeks, come...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

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

The rich history and fun celebrations of holidays make students extra lively during the month of December. Although this extra energy can be hard to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Capitalizing Proper Nouns and Adjectives, Grades 3–5

While reading students’ work, teachers at every grade level are reminded about the importance of capitalization. A proper noun names a specific person,...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Awesome Anchor Chart to Teach Homophones, Grades 2–12

Homophone anchor charts are a great way to place the words in the classroom and provide a resource for students as they learn homophones.

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Get Shakin' with Adverbs; A Fun Revision Activity for Students

I love the idea of combining writing with speaking as much as possible. Speaking what you have written is a great revision strategy. In addition,...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

How to Teach Grammar Effectively; 8 "Do's" and "Don'ts" To Keep In Mind

There is a strong relationship between grammar, writing instruction, and student achievement. Effective grammar instruction across grade levels and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

5 Tips That Will Get Students Revising Wordy Sentences

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Printable Halloween Writing Activity & Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle

For many of us, the onset of Halloween means an end to the first quarter of school. Students might be finishing up projects or taking those first...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

11 Elementary Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Practice is the key to mastering and improving grammar skills! Here are eleven elementary grammar worksheets teachers can use in the classroom to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

How Sentence Stems Support Middle School Students in their Writing

By the time students are in middle school, if they are writing an argument then they are expected to include words, phrases, and clauses that create...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Recharge and Refresh: 5 Ways Teachers Can Stay Motivated

July is the month that marks the middle of summer for many teachers. Last month school had just ended and next month school will begin again. Before...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Summer PD: Best Practices for Teaching Grammar & Writing in Elementary

Summertime is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing an eBook teachers can download and...

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Grammar

8 eBooks That Will Improve Your Writing & Grammar Instruction

Summer break is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing eight eBooks teachers can...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Recognize and Editing Errors in a Summer Story, Grades 3–5

Living in an area with snow, warmer weather is a welcome commodity. With the higher temperatures comes the opportunity for planting season. As a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Crafting Clever Sentences; Organizers for Phrases and Clauses Practice

Making grammar exciting for students is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Whenever the opportunity arises, I like to add tangible and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Setting Up Classroom Writing Centers in the Upper Grade Levels

Last year, I hosted a lab classroom where teachers observed my classroom through the lens of questions they had in their own practice. Teachers visited...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Activities for Parallel Structure Practice, Grades 6–12

Poetry is one my favorite genres. Not only is the language beautiful and engaging, but also the rhythm and patterns create a melody that makes reading...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Shamrock Parts of Speech Review Game, Grades 3–6

The month of March not only welcomes changing temperatures, spring break vacations, and college basketball tournaments, but also St. Patrick's Day!...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Grammar Instruction

Direct instruction and modeling of grammar is part of a balanced literacy framework. Students need multiple and various exposures to correct grammar in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Literary Devices in Poetry Activity, Grades 3–5

I love meeting new people and making new friends. Interactive activities are a great way to get to know others and have some fun while doing it! There...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Comma Practice Worksheets and Anchor Chart for the Classroom

Commas are a common punctuation mark that can spice up any writing.Because there are so many different ways to use commas, students have countless...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Reinforce the Importance of Grammar & Writing with a Superstar Certificate

I remember the days of teaching grammar when students’ eyes glazed over and they checked out of the lesson. While not every day can be filled with the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Subject and Object Pronouns Worksheets for Students

When writing, clarity is key. It is important for students to understand how the proper use of a pronoun will clarify to readers what noun the writer...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Printable Verb Tenses Worksheets for Students

In order for students to write clearly, they’ll need to master verb tenses. Use the verb tenses worksheets below to help your grades 3–5 students...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Printable Adverb Activities and Anchor Chart for the Classroom

Students love to discuss what is better. I enjoy listening to their conversations throughout the school year because they usually offer an opportunity...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Revising and Editing Worksheets: Ingalls Homestead, Grades 3–5

Revising and editing are essential skills for writers at any stage in life. Students as early as third grade can begin to read and recognize errors in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Prepare for the ACT®* with Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Worksheets

Spotlighting skills every day is one way teachers can support a grammar-rich environment and prepare students for exams! Subject-verb agreement is a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Revising and Editing Worksheets: Remembering V-E Day, Grades 9–12

Revising and editing are skills students’ need in school and in life. Practicing revision and editing helps students recognize the characteristics of...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

SAT®* Grammar Practice Worksheet: Precise Words

Word choice and precision in writing is a skill assessed by the SAT suite of tests. When students feel confident in using concrete, specific words...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

4 Spring Worksheets To Keep Students Engaged in Grammar and Writing

Spring brings with it both pleasant weather and the interesting dynamic of nearing the end of the school year – which can be exhausting – as well as...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Hopscotch to Identify Parts of Speech!

Get ready to add some fitness, activity, and learning to the traditional game of hopscotch! This simple grammar exercise will get students excited to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle Game, Grades 6–12

With testing season on the horizon, I've been taking inventory of my "go-to" grammar games and activities. Because students work at different speeds, I...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Treat Your Students with the Grammar Land Game Board, Grades 3–12

With an 11 and 9-year-old at home, board games are a great way to spend a weekend evening. Knowing how much we enjoy playing board games at home, I...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Pin the Part of Speech on the Pig Grammar Game (K–5)

The Pin the Part of Speech on the Pig Grammar Game combines learning the parts of speech and a modified version of the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Rethinking Grammar: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Instruction Book, Grades 6–12

My mom likes to tell a story about her high school English teacher, who carried a ruler and rapped students’ knuckles when they struggled with grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter, Grades 3–5

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves....

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Complex Sentences Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

I love using previous student work to improve student writing. Sentence combining is the strategy of joining short sentences into longer, more complex...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Adverbs Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

Students love to discuss what is better. I enjoy listening to their conversations during football season. Where I live, the Denver Broncos are faster,...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Awesome Anchor Chart for Indentifying Adverbs

When an English Language Arts standard focuses on developing and strengthening writing skills, students can also focus on grammar usage. One way to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Pin the Part of Speech on the Pumpkin Grammar Game, Grades 1–5

Halloween provides countless images and games that children associate with this fun holiday. I have provided a great grammar game, Pin the Part of...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Halloween-Themed Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle, Grades 6–12

For many of us, the onset of Halloween means an end to the first quarter of school. Students might be finishing up projects or taking those first...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

4 Tips for Making Grammar Instruction Meaningful and Enjoyable

Grammar teachers everywhere struggle to keep students engaged and interested while teaching the technical side of language. Dangling participles and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

The Big Three Comma Rules Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet, Grades 3–12

Commas, commas everywhere. But where should they really be? Comma placement can be confusing for students. This tip sheet explains the top three comma...

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Grammar

Commas in a Series Worksheet, Grades 6–8

Providing multiple opportunities leads to an increase in success. Because there are so many different ways to use commas, students have countless...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Common Core Grammar Activity: More Commas, Grades 3–5

Punctuation is important to clarity in writing. Commas are a common punctuation mark that can spice up any writing. Commas are often used before a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

5 Common Uses for Commas Anchor Chart

As an English teacher, I love punctuation jokes. A common joke follows: Let’s eat Grandma! Commas matter. Let’s eat, Grandma. Another favorite is the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Common Core Grammar Activity: Perfect Verb Tenses, Grades 3–5

Verbs have three perfect tenses. The perfect tenses describe actions that have been completed. Give your students practice on this important grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Simple Subjects and Predicates Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

When my boys began communicating in their early months of lives, they loved to identify our dog. Everything was his fault. A water cup was tipped over....

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Parallel Structure Grammar Practice, Grades 6–12

Today's grammar worksheets focus on key CCSS Language Standards L.9-10.1.A Visuals are a great way to engage student thinking. Below is a simple...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Subject-Verb Agreement Activity, Grades 3–5

This grammar exercise focuses on CCSS Language Standard L.3.1.F Sometimes it's the simplest grammar activities that help students grasp a concept! The ...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Pronouns and Subject Pronouns Activity, Grades 3–5

Planning is one of my favorite parts of teaching. When I start I know I have limitless options to help students become successful writers. One decision...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Grammar Mini Lesson: Words Often Misspelled, Grades 3–5

I remember when spell check first was included in Microsoft’s documents. “What a blessing,” I thought. “Use your resources,” I told my students as they...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Pronoun Practice Activity for Students, Grades 6–12

Humor is a wonderful element in any classroom. Misplaced pronouns are a common error, and albeit humorous, misplaced pronouns can lead to ambiguity and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Subject Pronouns Grammar Practice, Grades 3–5

I love spending time on the water. It might be a lake, a river, a pond, or a pool. Water is relaxing and refreshing which are both necessary in the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Grammar Mini Lesson: Fragments and Run-on Sentences, Grades 3–5

A fragment is. And sentences that run on and on and on and on and on. In this age of social media, online writing is booming and with it comes...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Common Core Grammar & Writing Exercises, Grades 3–12

Teachers are not alone in the time of the CCSS! The Common Core State Standards are a set of educational goals with a synergistic approach. Standards...

Tiffany Rehbein

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