Category: Teaching Strategy

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Free Concept Web Practice

Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students.

What is a Concept Web?

Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. Continue Reading

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Four Corners – A Teaching Strategy

Teach the Four Corners Strategy using these prompts for the book Wonder.

What is Four Corners?

Four Corners is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to discuss controversial topics. The teacher asks students a question or provides a debatable statement. Students then express their opinion to the topic by moving into groups with students who have similar opinions.

How to Implement this Strategy

  1. The teacher prepares the activity by taking four pieces of paper. Label each piece with one of the following: strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. Post these pieces of paper in the four corners of the room. Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 3 - Free Lesson using the story of Aladdin


This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here:


In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. Your students will love reading this great story. Go to the end of the post for handouts. Everything is provided for a print and go lesson.
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Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Three Free Lessons - Lesson 2 - Free Lesson using the stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here.

In this lesson students are going to do the following: Continue Reading

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Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text - Three Free Lessons

This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — Continue Reading

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Story Mapping

Story Mapping


Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down text. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.

Common Core

Creating a story map helps students practice a large number of Common Core skills as well. Continue Reading

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Mnemonic Spelling Devices

Mnemonic Devices to Help Students with Spelling

Do you find yourself saying the old rhyme. . .

a M-I crooked letter
b Crooked letter I
c Crooked letter
d Crooked letter I
e Humpback humpback I
f Mississippi!
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