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Grammar

Free Summer Writing Prompts & Activites for Students

While summer is filled with outdoor activities that often keep young people active, it should also include summer writing prompts and activities that...

Tiffany Rehbein

Literacy

3 Summertime Professional Development Topics for Teachers & Principals

The summer is a great time to enhance skills, improve units and add to professional knowledge. During the school year, teachers and principals are...

Erin Lynch

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

Vocabulary

7 Teacher PD Opportunities to Take Advantage of this Summer

I can still remember the summer after my first year of teaching. My roommate, a fellow high school English teacher, and I literally sat on the couch...

Vocab Gal

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...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

5th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Summer PD: The Value of Intentional Vocabulary Instruction in Middle School

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

Vocab Gal

Literacy

4th Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

3rd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

2nd Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend all summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Summer Vocabulary Games for Learners and Caregivers

Summer is long, and learners need to practice their vocabulary or they lose much of the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year. A great way to...

Vocab Gal

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

Literacy

1st Grade Summer Reading List

While it may be tempting to spend the summer at the beach or by the pool, it's important that emerging readers practice their reading skills over the...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How Parents Can Help Kids Fight Summer Reading Loss

Children that don’t read during their summer vacation can lose up to three months of reading achievement. Summer learning loss impacts reading fluency,...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Fun Summer Vocabulary Review Activities

I wanted to highlight a few ways to end the school year with some vocabulary fun. Included are some new and old vocabulary activities that are just...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Four Books Effective Principals and Teachers Should Read this Summer

As you prepare for your summer break, I know many of you are thinking about what professional texts you might like to read. The possibilities are...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Vacation Postcards– A Summer Vocabulary Activity

I love getting mail and I know my students do, too. Just in time for summer, here is a unique vocabulary activity that will encourage students to use...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Summer Soundtrack Vocabulary Activity, Grades 6–12

I got to borrow my dad’s car for one week on vacation and listened to two Sirius radio channels - 90’s on 9 and Pop2K on 10. My son keeps asking me why...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

8 Books Educators & Students Should Add to Their Summer Reading Lists

When I first started teaching, the summer seemed to come and go and I would feel like I had accomplished nothing for school that I hoped to. Now I'm a...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

A Fun Vocabulary Activity That Will Enhance Students' Social Media Summer Break

I was talking to seniors last weekend at a graduation party who remarked how excited they still get every time they hear a vocabulary word. Their...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Summer Reading Strategies Bookmark and Parent Handout, Grades 2–5

I am a huge fan of bookmarks because they can be a great tool for students to use during independent reading. Every June, I share a special bookmark...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Summer Learning: A Pinterest Board Vocabulary Activity, Grades 6–12

Trying to keep students engaged in learning throughout the summer is never an easy task. Summer learning not only requires students skip out on...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Summer Vocabulary Learning: There's a Word for That Activity, Grades 6–12

I propose we keep great words at the front of our students' brains (and tongues) during summer break by participating in this fun and easy activity!...

Vocab Gal

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