The Whimsical Word Collector

In the Word Collector by Peter Reynolds, Jerome has a wonderful imagination. Use his love of words in your interactive read aloud to promote word learning in your classroom with these easy to use activities!

Making Our Word Wall Come Alive

Celebrate a year of word learning by supporting students to create stop motion animation videos themed around your classroom word wall words. You only need clay, an iPad and your imagination!

Giving the Gift of Words

Meaningful vocabulary will help to strengthen your students' reading comprehension, writing skills and conversations. Introduce three Tier II vocabulary words with there interactive read alouds and printable resources for your elementary classroom.

Interactive Vocabulary Notebooks

Using interactive vocabulary notebooks with students is a great way to keep word learning organized, consistent and engaging! Start with Tier II vocabulary words and then consider incorporating content specific words as well.

Say Hello to the Virtual Word Web

Research shows that vocabulary words are more likely to stick when students can relate the word to a visual representation. This could be a picture, drawing or symbol. Learn how to use different digital tools to make virtual word webs for all!

Connecting with Characters

Who doesn't love a good picture book? As an adult reading picture books is still one of my favorite hobbies. The illustrations are always so beautiful, and you can teach a variety of advanced reading skills just in 32 pages! I have heard many upper elementary teachers say that picture books are too "babyish" for... Continue Reading →

Word Conscious Economists

As elementary school teachers every minute of the school day is precious. We have so many standards to meet from September to June. Any chance we get it's important to combine literacy learning into the content areas of social studies and science. My favorite way to do this is through my interactive read aloud time.... Continue Reading →

Teaching Election Buzz Words

Many teachers this fall have expressed how nervous they were to talk about the election in their classrooms. This October in particular it seemed overwhelming to teach kids about the election process without diving in to our own opinions about each candidate. However, this election is what everyone is talking about, and kids rarely get... Continue Reading →

Know They are Always Listening

As teachers we spend hours each week attempting to plan engaging lessons that every child in our class will learn something from. We try our best to reach the minds of students achieving on all levels of the spectrum. Of course, we want to believe that every student is listening to every minute of what... Continue Reading →

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