Monthly Archive: March 2018

Mar 15

Academic and Testing Vocabulary

What is an academic vocabulary?   Academic vocabulary consists of words that are not commonly used or frequently encountered in everyday conversation. These words include specialized content vocabulary for specific subjects such as reading/language art, science, social studies, or math. Academic vocabulary also includes terms found on standardized tests.  When students understand testing vocabulary, test …

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Mar 12

Coraline by Neil Gaiman Activities

Coraline The Story Neil Gaiman created an incredible book when he wrote Coraline. It contains just enough unusual and creepy events taking place to keep students begging for more. Coraline’s family moves into a large house in the country. The house is divided into four apartments. Upstairs lives the crazy old man who talks of …

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Mar 08

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect

Using Animated Shorts to Teach Cause and Effect 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 film “Feast” found on Vimeo and inserted in this post. Download the handout, leveled for upper elementary students. Students create …

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Mar 05

Activities for the Book Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart by Gordon Korman Late in the summer before Chase’s eighth grade year, he wakes up in the hospital surrounded by people who say they are his family. Chase has no memory of them or the fall from the roof of his home that caused him to be unconscious for several days. He has a …

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Mar 01

D Reading and Thinking Strategy

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. 1. Devise Ask students to brainstorm a general topic that you plan to study in the near future. Students will devise a list of everything they know about the …

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