Category Archives: Language Arts

High Frequency Bingo Games

During my time as a reading and intervention specialist I found beginning readers made surprising progress using short games that focused on high frequency words.  I was rather surprised by this because practicing words in isolation doesn’t really fit with … Continue reading

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The Power of REAL

I learned about the power that REAL learning can have on motivating students during my Master’s Degree training and later experiences with my own students. I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education after I had been teaching elementary school … Continue reading

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Land Regions of a State: Interest Groups

I am sharing some units and projects which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be working with), I tend to think … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Including All Students in General Education Classrooms

Inclusion of special needs children into classrooms of general education students seems to be a difficult area for many teachers. Throughout my career, I was involved in many conversations about how to accomplish this very worthwhile task while meeting everyone’s … Continue reading

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Inclusion: Language at the Center

Language is the center of learning. In fact, it’s at the center of all we do. It’s how we express our needs, and work together. It’s not a strange idea that language should be the core of classroom life. Language … Continue reading

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Inclusion: Try a Workshop Style Approach

Workshop style teaching involves presenting a lesson to the whole group, releasing students to practice the lesson skills presented, working individually with students and small groups during the work period in order to learn more about what the students can … Continue reading

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Choice in Student Writing

When I was in high school taking a typing class (yes, I really am that old), my friends and I who were very good typists had a lot of free time during class. We started writing stories together. We’d type … Continue reading

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May Day Flowers

Just in time for May First, Mother’s Day, and all those blooming flowers during the month of May—here comes May Day Flowers, a language arts thematic unit that will immerse your children in the history of European May Day celebrations, … Continue reading

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Colonial America Natural Resources–Magnetic and Flannel Board Materials

I love flannel and magnetic board materials.  I’ve used them for LOTS of things.  Here’s a set of Magnetic Flannel Board pieces of resources used by the early American colonists.  Set them out for center play, group activities, and story telling.  … Continue reading

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