Monthly Archive: September 2017

Sep 28

Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy

Word Wheels – A Teaching Strategy Who said teaching vocabulary had to be boring? This post contains four word wheel activities for students to enjoy while learning more about words. Word Wheel #1 Set a two minute timer. Have students write down as many real words as they can using only the letters in the …

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Sep 25

The Secret Garden – Chapter 10 Dickon

  The audio file for Chapter 10 “Dickon” is 20 minutes 56 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 10 Dickon The sun shone down for nearly a week on the secret garden. The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked …

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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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Sep 18

The Secret Garden – Chapter 9 The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In

  The audio file for Chapter 9 “The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In” is 16 minutes 37 seconds in length. Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 9 The Strangest House Any One Ever Lived In It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered …

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Sep 14

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Summarizing If you are looking to add some high interest activities to your lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Peck Pocketed” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. You can also download a handout containing a graphic organizer to help students write …

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Sep 11

The Secret Garden – Chapter 8 The Robin Who Showed the Way

  The audio file for Chapter 8 “The Robin Who Showed the Way” is 14 minutes 44 seconds in length.   Handouts   The Secret Garden Chapter 8 The Robin Who Showed the Way She looked at the key quite a long time. She turned it over and over, and thought about it. As I have said …

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Sep 08

Comparing Parallel Stories using Number the Stars

Number the Stars The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a link up. This time we are sharing mentor texts. Enjoy collecting a lot of great teaching ideas and free printables. Before you leave, be sure to enter the …

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Sep 04

The Secret Garden – Chapter 7 The Key to the Garden

  The audio file for Chapter 7 “The Key to the Garden” is 11 minutes 38 seconds in length.   Handouts The Secret Garden Chapter 7 The Key to the Garden Two days after this, when Mary opened her eyes she sat upright in bed immediately, and called to Martha. “Look at the moor! Look at the …

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