Reading and ELA

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.

 

5 Kid Approved Context Clues Activities
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. Here are my favorite go-to activities.
6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Interactive Notebooks
These 6 tips will help you use interactive notebooks effectively in your classroom. Perfect for second grade, third grade, and fourth grade teachers!

 

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!

 

How to Teach Visualizing and Sensory Language
Visualizing is so much more than drawing a picture of what you are reading. It is a form of inferring. Readers must identify and use the sensory language provided by the author to infer and imagine the experiences of the characters. This means we need to be digging deeper. We need to teach our students to analyze how and why authors are using imagery in their writing. Here are some ideas to help you take your visualizing and sensory language lessons deeper.

 

Author's Purpose is NOT As Easy As PIE
Why you should stop saying that author’s purpose is as easy as PIE and what to do instead. These tips will help you teach your readers to think critically about the choices the author makes in order to achieve his/her purpose become analytical readers that are empowered to draw their own conclusions.