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10 Ways to Embed Vocabulary Instruction into Every Lesson

Vocabulary knowledge is one of the key indicators to student success in school. Check out this post for 10 easy and engaging ways to embed vocabulary into all of your lessons.
If you've been in the classroom for even a year or two, you probably have seen first hand how word knowledge helps students better understand the content they've read. Without a schema for a topic, there is no place to attach new information, right? Plus, a growing vocabulary transforms kid writing into sophisticated pieces and improves speaking skills too. So how can we as teachers embed vocabulary into every single lesson? Today, I'd like to share ten suggestions to get you started.

Dollar Store Hacks & How I Use Them

The Dollar Store offers teachers an inexpensive way to make special things for the classroom. This post includes one teacher's favorite finds and how to use them.
I had a few hours to kill the other day, and when you're a teacher, what better way to kill time is there than wandering through the Dollar Tree. Every time I visit, the wheels turn for DIY projects or for ways I can repurpose those golden gems I find. As I wandered Thursday, I did get a great collection of ideas, and I believe most Dollar Tree stores carry similar inventory. So if you have a store near you, read on for ways you can use a few of the things I found.

Making Reader's Workshop Work for You

Have you been wanting to use a workshop model in your classroom? Need to learn more. Check out this post to see how the routine works and learn what you can do now to make next year easier.
Have you been interested in exploring a workshop model for your language arts block, but feel like you need to understand a little more about it? The workshop model keeps the reader and writer in mind, emphasizes choices, and employs more partner and small group learning. Today, I thought I'd share tips you might use as you begin thinking about ways to improve literacy instruction next year.

10 Fun Ways to Use a Poem of the Week

This jam-packed blog post includes 10+ ideas you can use with a poem of the week all year long. Poetry's not just for April. Plan ahead and work poetry into your daily routine.
No matter what grade you teach, poetry can be used to support all levels of readers. Poems can be read in a short amount of time and used simply for enjoyment or for deeper literacy skills. For most of our little people, the poetry we share in the classroom may be the only exposure to poetry too, and how sad is that? So, let's change that up and talk about how we can make poetry a part of every day.

Fourteen Activators That Will Give Your Lessons Pop

Need new activator ideas to jumpstart your lessons? Check out this post for fourteen ideas that are sure to please choosy students.

With the year winding down and spring fever in full force, now more than ever we need ways to hook our kids in. We need the perfect bait to catch each and every fish in our pond!  Most importantly, we can't let those fish get away either. We need a meaningful bait that attracts even the most choosy fish, and we need a bait that will keep them interested. Today, I've got fourteen activator ideas that I hope matches your needs. 


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