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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays Idea 1 - Quick and Easy Pocket Chart - Read how to make this simple pocket chart from materials you have around the house.

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

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Ancient Greece Unit for Middle School

Ancient Greece Unit with Free Unit Sample

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

Ancient Greece Unit Routine

This unit contains 11 lessons on Ancient Greece. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 12 is set aside for a unit test and for students to give a demonstration. 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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How a Bill Becomes a Law Teaching Ideas

How a Bill Becomes a Law Teaching Activities

Are you looking for for some interesting ways to teach students about how a bill becomes a law? Look no further. This post contains everything you will need. Continue Reading

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Animated Short Distracted versus Dear Alice

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated shorts Distracted and Dear Alice tell similar stories of two young girls who crave the attention of their parents. The parents are too distracted by their cell phones to give their daughters the attention they need. Continue Reading

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Frindle Novel Study using Boom Learning

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study

Check out Boom Learning Task Cards, a self-scoring interactive tool, with Frindle Novel Study.

What is Boom Learning℠?

Boom Learning℠ takes task cards to the next level. They live in the cloud. Boom Cards can’t be printed. They play on most modern browsers, Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. It is a win-win situation. Continue Reading

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Teaching Vocabulary with Index Cards

FREE Mini Posters for Teaching Types of Words - Turn them into an anchor chart. The included black-lined copies make great interactive notebook reference pages.

Teaching vocabulary with index cards is a fun yet effective method. Here’s how:

Step #1

On one side of the index card, students write the vocabulary word in large letters so that it may be used as a response card. For daily practice, students spread their index cards with the words facing up on their desktops. The teacher calls out definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or sentences with missing words. Students locate the correct word and hold up the card. This is a great way for the teacher to check to determine if students need additional practice or if most know the words. Also, each student is participating with each teacher request – ‘the every student, every time theory.’ Continue Reading

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