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Vocabulary Instruction… Taken to the Next Level!

Wonderful resource to build vocabulary!!!

Wonderful resource to build vocabulary!!!

I just finished this book and WOW!!! From the first chapter to the last the authors shared a plethora of powerful points and practices! I shared the last paragraph with my peeps and it gave them chill bumps!
Practical practices that teachers can implement immediately into their classroom to improve student vocabulary and engagement! Little by little, I’m adding to the vocabulary instruction that was already in place.
I did some vocabulary word matching with the pictures and synonyms and the students loved it! Next week we are using the lanyarns and 7-Up sentences and if all goes well maybe rounding out the week with the Block Party idea!
Any teacher would benefit HUGELY from reading this book if he/she desires to improve vocabulary instruction! The authors give primary and intermediate grade examples and resources in this teacher friendly bodacious book!

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Looking for a book that has a KICK to it?

3np_jkthighresI’m sorry to say that this little jewel was buried in one of my ‘books to read piles’ for quite a while until I noticed the illustrator had also done Carnivores… I wanted to see if my kids would make the connection.  They did connect the two books but more importantly they loved this book and the theme of sticking to a goal even when things get mundane or difficult really inspired them.  Let’s face it, we all want to be pig 3 but at times in our lives we’ve been pigs 1 & 2.  The kids really enjoyed the book and I loved that it rhymed so we must revisit it soon to identify rhyming patterns.  The bad thing about this book …I have the song, “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting” stuck in my head and I have an unexplainable urge to watch Kung Fu Panda : )

 

Book of the Week

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“Hey carnivore, what’s eating you?”
“Nothing, I’m at the top of the food chain.” LOL!
Delightful book that presents the view point of carnivores and their lot in life. These three try to solve their problem in very humorous ways. If your class loved Aaron Reynolds’ Creepy Carrots, they are in for another treat!


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Teach Smart

imageWho is doing most of the talking in the classroom? It should be the kids not me…but this usually is not the case.
My students did their first anchor chart this week. We’ve done charts together before but those were mostly my creation but this one was all theirs and I must say they referenced it all week! I was amazed and delighted! Even struggling readers were pointing out sensory images as they monitored their comprehension!
Smarter Charts made me rethink my take on anchor charts. If they are not kid created then the students have no connection to the information and simply will not access it.
The frustrating part of this chart making experience was it took much longer than the other way where I spoon fed them to move things along. Wait time can be challenging but they need time to think…I then realized that many parts of our day are so rushed students and teachers alike do not get think time. “Changes are a comin’ son”…


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Smarter Charts

Old me: find the cutest chart on Pinterest to teach the objectives to my students.

New me: create and revise charts with my students, in addition to retiring charts as needed!!! Keep charts from becoming invisible by asking students which charts help them the most and use that info to improve my chart making skills.