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Book Trade

Neighborhodd book trades are a great way to restock your children’s bookshelves.     Before the Trade Set aside several time slots to help your children sort through their books and determine which books to keep and which to trade. Help your children make signs for different categories of books: Picture Books, Series, Mysteries, Jokes, […]

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Discussion Cards

Oral language is an important component of literacy, so oral language activities should be incorporated into every literacy program. I thought these Discussion Cards were a great idea for classroom teachers, so I have created a set that can be printed and laminated ready for immediate use. Click on the picture for the printable pdf. For […]

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Fair versus Fare

  I often find my students confuse ‘fair’ and ‘fare’, and incorrectly spell ‘welfare’ as ‘wellfair’. When helping children differentiate between homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings), it is often useful to employ several strategies: Etymology Link: Research the etymology of the words, as an understanding the […]

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    After reading this post about memes, I thought that this could be a great writing prompt. You could show your students a meme reflecting a particular emotion and they could write a paragraph: Describing the emotion Describing a time when they felt that emotion Predicting what happened next Suggesting what happened before …. […]

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  Emina McLean’s video ‘How to Teach Vocabulary and Why’ has some research based suggestions for teaching vocabulary that many teachers would find interesting. However, I have a couple of additional suggestions based on the memory and learning research: At 23.20 minutes, Emina begins discussing how she would teach a word. She explains that she […]

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