Category Archive: Teaching Strategy

Oct 19

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy 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: character traits — Students …

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Sep 20

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy   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. To create …

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Aug 10

Four Corners – A Teaching Strategy

What is Four Corners? Four Corners is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to discuss controversial topics. The teacher asks students a question or provides a debatable statement. Students then express their opinion to the topic by moving into groups with students who have similar opinions. How to Implement this Strategy The teacher …

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Jun 01

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3 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: Lesson #1 Lesson #2 In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. The Lesson Aladdin Story Included …

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May 25

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2 This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here. In this lesson students are going to do the following: read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse write statements that make connections related to the text …

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May 18

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1 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 — help the reader become more involved with the text improve attention span when reading enhance understanding of …

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Jan 26

Story Mapping

  Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down text. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.   Common Core Creating a story map helps students practice a large …

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May 05

Mnemonic Spelling Devices

Mnemonic Spelling Devices Do you find yourself saying the old rhyme. . . a M-I crooked letter b Crooked letter I c Crooked letter d Crooked letter I e Humpback humpback I f Mississippi! when you spell Mississippi or singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T as you write the word? How many times have you reminded yourself i before …

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Apr 16

8 Fantastic Ways to Use Word Clouds

    Making word clouds is not only a fun activity for students, but also a great tool for teaching difficult concepts. You can use creating word clouds as a “Hook” activity for a lesson, as a mid-lesson teaching tool, or to summarize a concept. Before beginning a class project, check out the different websites that …

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Jul 07

Writing a Short Research Essay ~ Note Taking Method

  Writing a Research Essay The Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards require students write short research projects. This can be an overwhelming and frustrating assignment for many students in the upper elementary grades. Due to this, all fourth through sixth graders at our school begin research projects in January using …

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