Category: Graphic Organizer

Semantic Feature Analysis – A Teaching Strategy

Teach semantic feature analysis with these free printables including ones for the novel The Westing Game..

Semantic feature analysis (SFA) uses a grid to help students visualize how topics are related to one another. Learners complete the grid to see connections between items, make predictions, or categorize topics. 

When to Use SFA

Use semantic feature analysis any time students have a list of topics to compare and contrast. This strategy is helpful to use when: Continue Reading

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Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy

Teach semantic mapping with these free printables.

What are Semantic Maps?

Like concept webs, semantic webs are a visual organizer that help students structure information. Usually semantic maps are slightly more complex than concept webs. 

When to Use Semantic Maps

Semantic maps may be used for thousands of skills. Try these ideas: Continue Reading

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Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Free Concept Web Practice

Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students.

What is a Concept Web?

Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. Continue Reading

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Roald Dahl Day

Ideas and Free Resources for Roald Dahl Day

Have an exceptional Roald Dahl Day on September 13 with some of these resources!

Resource #1

Download this free printable. Students will have a great time comparing the main characters of six of Dahl’s most famous books. Continue Reading

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The Westing Game Book Unit Activities

Teaching Ideas to use with the novel  The Westing Game

Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game will keep the reader guessing ‘who did it’ from beginning to end. The story opens with Barney Northrup selling apartments at the Sunset Towers. Only a selected group of tenants receive an invitation to purchase the luxury estate at affordable prices.

Once the tenants move in, sixteen are invited to a reading of Sam Westing’s will. The heir who can figure out how he died wins Westing’s entire fortune. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 3 - Free Lesson using the story of Aladdin


This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here:


In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. Your students will love reading this great story. Go to the end of the post for handouts. Everything is provided for a print and go lesson.
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Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text - Three Free Lessons

This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — Continue Reading

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