New! "Jasper's Beanstalk"
K - 2nd
Students participate in various shared reading and writing activities related to the book "Jasper's Beanstalk." They write a sentence for each of Jasper's activities for each day of the week, develop a list of gardening words, and retell the story.
Writing Word Problems and Equations
Fifth graders write word problems related to equations. In this backward word problem lesson, 5th graders begin with the equation and write the word problem that it illustrates. Students complete a worksheet activity writing word problems and one answering them.
Vocabulary Strategy: The Diary of Anne Frank
When your class reaches the date, June 14, 1942, in The Diary of Anne Frank, have them complete this word search activity. A word list is provided at the bottom of the page, and learners search for a total of 43 words, choosing 10 to define.
Vocabulary Building Activities
In these four building vocabulary worksheets, students view vocabulary word lists, use definition clues, unscramble letters, and write sentences using each vocabulary word. Students write twenty-one answers per worksheet.
Decode and Write Words with More Than One Syllable
First, second, and third graders are told that they are going to read and write words with more than one part or syllable. They watch and listen as the teacher writes the word sunset. They listen as the teacher says the first part of the word sunset. They use letter cards as a visual aid to decode and write compound words.
The Catcher in the Rye: List-Group-Label Activity
Here's a list-group-label vocabulary activity for The Catcher in the Rye that will knock readers out, it really will! Groups sort, label, and define a list of words taken from Salinger’s novel. Complete directions for the activity, the worksheet, and a teacher’s copy of the word list are included. It may sound crazy, but it really works to increase vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Writing to Explain: Concluding and Polishing Strong Paragraphs
As the study of the Iroquois, the Iroquois flag, and The Great Law of Peace (Iroquois Constitution) draws to a close, writers craft a concluding sentence for their paragraphs, and then use peer and instructor feedback on their drafts to produce a polished, informative piece of writing. The homework, which is to design a class flag, would also make a great beginning-of-the-year activity.
Phonics Instructional Routine: Read and Write Words with Consonant Digraphs
Use consonant digraphs to introduce learners to word patterns and high frequency words. They observe a chart with the digraphs /sh/, /ch/, /th/, and /wh/. After listening to each of these phonemes, scholars watch as the teacher categorizes single-syllable words into the chart based on their initial digraphs. Scaffolding is key here; once kids have watched and listened, they practice in a guided setting. The chart and words are provided for printing, but consider projecting them for demonstration.
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Alphabetization practice galore awaits learners in 1st-4th grade. Dozens of pre-set word lists are at-the-ready for practice quizzes, while ten customizable lists allow for personalization.
Writing to a Historical Poet
Poetry is a very personal and introspective art form. Give your class the opportunity to understand how a poet's voice can speak to them on a personal level, and that every reader can respond to an author differently. After a poetic warm-up activity, the kids start writing words and thoughts that describe their feelings, then they choose one poet from a specific list that they feel speaks to them. They compose a formal letter to their poet that explains why they felt the poem made an impact on them.
Rest in peace, dead words!
Sick to death of reading papers loaded with trite expressions and over-used words? Here’s an activity that will enliven your reading and animate the vocabulary of your young learners. Laminate on a paper tombstone a short list of “dead” (banned or over-used) words. Distribute these lists to groups who must then find five synonyms for each word. The tombstones, surrounded by synonyms, are then posted around the classroom, available for writers to use to give life to their creations. A banned word list and a sample essay, with lively lexica, are included.
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