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Literacy

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to a NEW 21st Century School Design [Free Graphic Organizer]

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools Today by Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray is a MUST READ for educators. In this...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

ACT/SAT Test-Taking Strategies: Pre-assess & Differentiate Vocabulary Learning

After 13+ years teaching high school English, I've concluded that ACT and SAT test-taking strategies are more successful when educators make...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Note-Taking Strategies for Elementary Students— Texts and Multimedia Formats

Teaching students how to take notes is extremely important, and it needs to be taught across all grades. Most students do not know how to take...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Simple Direct Vocabulary Instruction Strategies that Work (Proven Tips/Techniques by Vocab Gal)

In this post, readers will form a true understanding of how to successfully integrate all of the important aspects of direct vocabulary instruction...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

The Purposes for Multiple Reads in Close Reading Lessons

Having your students do multiple reads of a text (that is, re-reading more closely with a specific purpose for each read) is an excellent way to deepen...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

8 Ways to Integrate Greek/Latin Roots into Vocabulary Routines

I often get asked about how best to teach Greek and Latin Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes. Today I will share ways I integrate teaching Greek/Latin Roots...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

How to Be Successful Mentoring New Teachers

As the "mentor coordinator" for my entire district, I have learned much by observing and working alongside mentors and beginning teachers. My role as...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Halloween Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Graphic Organizers

Add some spooktacular elements to your classroom curriculum with my free Halloween reading comprehension worksheets, book suggestions, and interactive...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Top 10 Halloween Series Books for Kids in Grades 1–4 (Graphic Organizers Included)

As a literacy specialist, I'm often asked for advice on how teachers and parents can get students to read more. Although I have a number of activities...

Erin Lynch

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...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

How to Use the Circle of Viewpoints Routine with Students

Circle of viewpoints is a “thinking routine” protocol featured in the book, Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

6 Things to Include in a Substitute Teacher Binder

One of the hardest things a teacher has to do is plan for a substitute. Likewise, one of the hardest jobs a person can have is to be a substitute...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

14 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

Vocabulary

The BIG THREE of Teacher Feedback

Every year I like to take a moment, usually during the last week of school when I just can’t grade another paper, to reflect on what worked and didn’t...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

How to Use the Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate Thinking Routine

Attention all principals and teachers! Today I'm highlighting another 'thinking routine' from the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How to Use the CSI– Color, Symbol, Image Thinking Routine

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series I started last January about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Headlines Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Compass Points Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

3rd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 3rd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! These free...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Differentiated Vocabulary Assessment Handout

Now that we've all gotten through the crazy back-to-school season and have established our classroom routines, I thought I'd take the opportunity to...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Focus on a Standard; Describing Characters in a Story (RL.3.3)

If you happened to have read my last post you know I gave some tips and tricks for goal setting and professional planning. I mentioned this follow-up...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

The Explanation Game Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

In January, I began an ongoing monthly post describing a “thinking routine” Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Encourage More Students to Read with Movie-Inspired Book Clubs!

The buttery popcorn, the delicious candy, the big screen... who doesn't love a movie? The answer used to be, “I don’t!”, when one of my favorite...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

The Top 3 Ways to Integrate Vocabulary Into Your Classroom Routine

Many teachers tell me that they just don’t have time for vocabulary instruction on top of everything else they need to do in the classroom. Of course,...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

3-2-1 Bridge Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

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

Literacy

Effective Feedback for Students—A Powerful Tool to Enhance Performance!

This year, in the school where I work one of our school-wide goals is providing students with feedback. It is a well-known fact among educators that...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Chalk Talk Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

5 Reasons You Are A Successful Teacher!

I've been thinking a lot about the feeling of failure. I am both a mentor to four new teachers this year and a close friend to my fellow English...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Think–Puzzle–Explore Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Attention all principals and teachers! Today is the third post in my ongoing professional development series that highlights the 'thinking routines'...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

My Top 5 Tips for Classroom Management

I don’t know about you, but, for me, classroom management has always been the hardest part of teaching. In my attempts to improve classroom management,...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Teaching Historical Fiction: Using Time Periods to Support Understanding, Grades 3–8 [Graphic Organizer]

As I have mentioned in several posts last month, one of my favorite genres to use with my students is historical fiction. There are many interesting...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Make Thinking Visible with the Zoom In Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

In January, I began what will be an ongoing monthly post describing a 'thinking routine' from the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

“I ♥ Vocabulary”—Awards and Recognition for Students Using Vocabulary

Take the time to celebrate learning and provide awards and recognition for students so that they become exhilarated about their increasing lexicons!

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Character Development Activity: Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood, Grades 4–6

As you may have noticed I love historical fiction! In my opinion, it is the genre that gives the gift of both fiction and nonfiction reading....

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Presidents' Day Compare and Contrast Activity, Grades 3–5

Particular Standards of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that my students seem to struggle with across grade levels is Comparing and Contrasting ...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom; A Professional Development Series

Here is a post for all you teachers AND principals out there. Last June, you might have read a post where I shared a few books that I thought would...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Snowman Story Map: Show the Connection Between Reading and Writing

“Reading and writing go hand-in-hand,” is a phrase my students hear me constantly saying. “Good writers are usually avid readers,” is another of my...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

6th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 6th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

5th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 5th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

4th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 4th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

2nd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Thoughts of a Reflective Teacher... Vocab Style!

As I reflect back over the 2014-2015 school year, I realize that it was not a nominal year, but rather a school year that both bolstered and fortified...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Mr. Turkey 5W's and 1H Graphic Organizer

Bring some holiday fun into the classroom with a simple Thanksgiving-inspired reading exercise! Below is a Thankgiving book and a 5W's & 1H reading...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Halloween Reading Graphic Organizers

The Halloween graphic organizers I use for reading comprehension are some of my favorites. Having a seasonal version of all my graphic organizers is a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Top 10 Halloween Picture Books & Spooktacular Reading Resources

Having been a classroom teacher in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, I have acquired quite a varied library. What a daunting task it is to build a...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Back-To-School: Vocabulary Sheet of the Week, Grades 1–12

Every day, my students walk into my classroom and pull out their Vocabulary Sheet of the Week. They record the two vocabulary words that we review...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Strategies: Using a Vocab Sheet of the Week, Grades 1–12

One of the vocabulary strategies I use to get my students to remember and practice vocabulary words is a Vocabulary Sheet of the Week. With this...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Teaching Vocabulary– Getting Students to 'Reach for the Stars'

How can you motivate students to do extra work without extra credit? This has been the newest discussion question around the departmental coffee pot[1]

Vocab Gal

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