Common Core L.6.2.A states students should use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. So, is there a difference in the three? Some resources say no. Others say yes. This post will list the rules pointing out the differences in the three, so you can decide.
Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Elements
First you need to understand the meanings of nonrestrictive and restrictive elements. Continue Reading
You can improve your students’ writing by teaching the differences between passive and active voice. This post includes an anchor chart going over the differences, a sorting activity, and a writing activity.
Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’
Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts
Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts. Continue Reading
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