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Teaching Suffixes

This vocabulary lesson on suffixes includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition and spelling rules for -able/-ible and -ion/-ation/-sion/-tion suffixes appropriate for upper elementary students.

Are you looking for some activities for teaching suffixes? Check out these free materials including activities for Google Slides, videos, anchor charts and PowerPoints.

Teaching students some common suffixes can increase their vocabularies tremendously. The suffixes -s/-es, -ed, -ing, -ly, -er/-or, -ion/-tion/-ation/-tion, and -ible/-able account for 72 percent of suffixed words. Teaching these 7 suffixes is a must. This first activity goes over the rules for using variations of -ible/-able and -ion. Continue Reading

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Three Anchor Chart Opportunities

Over 100 Anchor Charts for Inspiration

I am constantly amazed at how much students learn from anchor charts. These colorful, to-the-point classroom displays make learning both fun and meaningful. You can get some ideas for creating your own anchor charts at my website:


Language Arts Anchor Charts
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Creating Anchor Charts

Are you looking for some ideas for creating anchor charts? Learn some tips that will make creating anchor charts a little easier.

Using anchor charts is a fantastic way to quickly cover key points. This colorful to-the-point method of teaching keeps students focused. Students look at the charts not only as reference guides, but after viewing the charts; frequently ask questions that show a deep understanding of the topic. This is why I try to create a new anchor chart for each skill I plan to cover. 

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Activities

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Book Activities

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. After World War II breaks out in London, the siblings go to the English countryside to live with Professor Digory Kirke. The children discover a wardrobe in the professor’s home that takes them to the magical land of Narnia.

In Narnia, the Pevensie children help save a talking lion named Aslan from an evil White Witch. The White Witch has taken over the land of Narnia and causes the kingdom to have everlasting winter with no Christmas. As the children help to break the spell of the evil witch, the snow begins to melt, and Father Christmas arrives. Continue Reading

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A Wrinkle in Time Activities

A Wrinkle in Time Book Activities

From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.

In this book three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which who provide gentle advice to Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin through thoughtful quotes: Continue Reading

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Point of View

Free Printable Point of View Anchor Chart

Presenting Point of View

By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.

Point of View Activities

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Five Ways to Teach Theme

Free Theme Poster

Teaching Theme

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.

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