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Summarizing Strategies

Summarizing Strategies - Teaching Ideas + Free Printable Resources

Teaching students to summarize text can be one of the most difficult skills you tackle the during this school year. This post offers six summarizing strategies to try. It also contains some general rules for students to follow as well as stem questions to look for on tests.

Be sure to download the free printable resources to teach summarizing strategies. The link can be found at the bottom of the post.  Continue Reading

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Genre Flash Cards and Boom Decks

Recognizing Genres

Two great activities are provided to help students learn about genres. Genre Flash Cards contains 21 pairs (picture cards with matching fact cards) in a ready-to-use printable format. These are a free download at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Genres, a 40 card deck of interactive task cards from Boom Learning, is sure to be a hit with your students.  Continue Reading

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Using Transition Words to Improve Writing

FREE Teaching Ideas & Activities for Using Transition Words to Improve Writing from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Transition words and phrases improve the flow of writing by linking ideas, sentences, and paragraphs. They show relationships which helps readers understand thoughts and concepts. Transitions may connect, contrast, show cause/effect, indicate order, and a number of other relationships. Using transitions helps writing flow. Disconnected ideas are turned into a unified whole. They prepare readers for what is coming next.

Common Core

Common Core addresses transitional words in the writing standards. Continue Reading

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Broken: Rock Paper Scissors

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film Broken: Rock, Scissors, Paper brings to life the child’s game with three fantastical characters.  Continue Reading

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Ancient Rome Unit for Sixth Graders

Ancient Rome Unit with Free Unit Sample

Are you looking for a unit to teach Ancient Rome? Look no further. This unit has it all. Digital, printable, and interactive activities make this unit both engaging and flexible.

Ancient Rome Unit Routine

This unit contains 11 lessons. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 12 is set aside for a unit test and for students to present their projects to the class. Continue Reading

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Teaching with the Animated Short Crow: The Legend

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

Crow The Legend is a phenomenal animated short film. It features an all-star cast, is beautiful, and teaches a great lesson. Continue Reading

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Academic and Testing 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 scores go up. By teaching test vocabulary and how the words look in different forms on a test, students feel better prepared and more confident on test day.

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 scores go up. By teaching test vocabulary and how the words look in different forms on a test, students feel better prepared and more confident on test day.

When to Teach Words

When preparing units of study such as novel studies, add four to five academic vocabulary words in with the novel specific words. Select words based on the skills taught during the unit of study.  Continue Reading

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