Context Clues, Literacy Stations, vocabulary

How to Easily Fit Vocabulary Instruction and Practice into Each Day

Vocabulary instruction is crucial to helping our students increase their reading comprehension and become better writers. That’s why I think it’s so important to make time for vocabulary instruction every day. Here’s an easy to follow weekly schedule of ideas to help you fit quick, simple, and meaningful vocabulary instruction and practice into each day.

Context Clues

5 Kid Approved Context Clues Activities for Upper Elementary

Context clues has always been something that I've needed to spiral throughout the entire year with my third graders, so finding fun and engaging activities has been a huge priority. I figure a lot of you are in the same boat so I've decided to share some of my best go-to context clues activities with you.

Interactive Notebooks, Plot Structure

6 Easy Ways to Help Your Students Understand Plot Structure

How to teach your students to identify the plot’s main events, sequence main events in the story, and understand how events influence future events and help develop the plot. These tips will ensure a deeper level of understanding of plot structure. Great read for second grade, third grade, and fourth grade reading teachers!

Test Prep

Do Your Students Know the Language of the Test?

Academic vocabulary is huge. A student who understands the development of the plot in a passage can still miss a plot question on test day if he/she isn’t familiar with tier II and III vocabulary such as contribute, develop, conflict, or rising action. We need to make sure we are repeatedly exposing our students to academic vocabulary and teaching them use it in context during discussions.

Test Prep

How to Navigate Test Prep Like a Pro

March Madness isn’t just a term for basketball; its what teachers go through every year during testing season. Don’t get discouraged. You don’t have to be super woman, but you also don’t have to feel like the world is crashing down on you. Know that you are not alone. We'll discuss strategies to keep you and your kids sane and entertained throughout the testing season in this 5 part series.