Creating an Illustrated Dictionary
Students use a word-processing program (and paint program or scanner, if available), to produce an illustrated dictionary of terms.
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Hatchet: Vocabulary Strategy
Want your class to use critical thinking when discussing vocabulary? Go beyond the dictionary with a vocabulary activity based on Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. Kids write the word in the center of a graphic organizer that also provides places...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Color of Water: Word Square Instructions
Immaculate, accumulation, dissipation. Vocabulary drawn from chapter 16 of James McBride's memoir, The Color of Water, can prove to be challenge for readers. To help kids understand the meaning of these words and what they add to the...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Letters of Freedom-Letters of Bondage; Creating a Tableaux Timeline of Slavery In Colonial America
Fifth graders view and discuss images of slavery. They discuss what "freedom" means to them. They imagine they are historians and have just uncovered journal entries. One is missing, and students write an entry for the missing day. They...
5th English Language Arts
Alliteration All Around
Discover alliteration found in picture books by Pamela Duncan Edwards. Then, dive into a read aloud of Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak. This practice sets the stage for budding poets to create their own acrostic poem, write an...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable