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Superhero Vocabulary

Superhero Vocabulary

I am always looking for ways to increase vocabulary instruction in my classroom.  One study I read said that when children from families with low incomes were 3 years old, they knew 600 fewer words than children the same age from families with upper incomes. By grade 2, the gap widens to about 4,000 words.  Working…

Monthly Poems

Monthly Poems

Building fluency in students takes a lot of practice, patience, and perseverance. However, all the work involved is worth it, as students need to be fluent readers. Since teachers understand this importance, they find creative ways to improve fluency. For instance, practice does not always need to be in the form of passages. It can…

Favorite Phonics Activities
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Favorite Phonics Activities

Phonics instruction is crucial in developing the reading and writing skills of our students. With the right lessons and activities, students do not memorize words. Instead, they gain deep insight into why words have the spellings they do. They learn to sound out unfamiliar words and how vowel teams and blends impact pronunciation. Students even…

October Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages
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October Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages

Honestly, there are not enough words to describe how hard it is to teach students to read. Since everyone picks up decoding, blending, and segmenting at different speeds, every student is at a different place. While differentiation is critical when learning to read, planning and creating resources can become overwhelming. However, it is essential to…

Teddy Bear Day

Teddy Bear Day

Did you know September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day in the US and October 27th internationally? This day is always popular among students since they love to cuddle soft teddy bears! So, teachers can celebrate this holiday on the actual day or anytime during the school year! Students will love it no matter when…

Word Play
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Word Play

When learning to read and write, students often work in a similar progression. For instance, they begin learning individual letters and sounds. Then, they work on putting sounds together to form words. As time continues, students start reading and writing sentences! Since this journey is complex and challenging, teachers work hard to create fun, hands–on…

Phonics Word Play
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Phonics Word Play

Learning to read and write takes time, practice, and patience. This is because there are so many skills to learn! For instance, students must know each letter and how they make a sound. Then, they must know the relationships of blends, digraphs, and diphthongs. On top of all this, they have to read and write…