Category: Reading Skills

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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Johnny Appleseed Free Teaching Materials

Vocabulary from Gay

Not only can you get these free Johnny Appleseed vocabulary activities, but check out a slew of additional apple activities for big kids on my updated apple webpages here.

These webpages include figurative language, facts, and teaching ideas. Apple quotes are great for teaching Common Core figurative language standards. Students can refer to details and examples when explaining what the text says explicitly (another Common Core Standard) with a great list of apple facts. Have students write creatively using apples as a theme. Students can learn to follow directions with the classroom apple recipes.  Continue Reading

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Teaching Reading using the Animated Short The Box

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short film The Box is based on real events that are taking place in Syria. The film is meant to educate the world about the struggles the Syrians are facing.  Continue Reading

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Text Features

This blog post includes anchor charts for text features and parts of a book. It includes two free resources: a foldable organizer on parts of a book and a student reference guide for text features.

This “Text Features” blog post contains several free resources for the classroom. You will find anchor charts for text features and parts of a book. It includes two free resources: a foldable organizer on parts of a book and a student reference guide for text features.

Parts of a Book Anchor Chart

The clipart used to create the anchor is from Educlips and Krista Wallden. The books are from one of Krista’s free sets. The set is really cute and includes a lot of options. Continue Reading

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Writing Using a Dog Theme

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Most students love dogs. According to American Pet Products Association (APPA) approximately 44% of all households in the United States are dog owners. This is approximately 89.7 million dogs.

More Interesting Facts

  • Seventy-seven percent of dog owners allow their pet to roam anywhere in the house. Only seven percent of people keep their dogs outside.
  • Forty-two percent of dog owners sleep with their dogs.
  • The United States has the largest dog population. It more than doubles the second highest dog population country, China.

Get more statistical information about pets at Statista. Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Predict Outcomes

Ideas for Teaching Students to Make Inferences

Teaching students the differences between making inferences, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes may be one of the most difficult skills to teach.  This series of three posts includes definitions, examples, and activities. 

Predicting Outcomes

A reader predicts outcomes by making a guess about what is going to happen.  Continue Reading

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