Category Archives: Language Arts

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day gives us all a chance to remember and think about those who serve and protect us in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.  Much of the time they are thousands of miles away from home, family, and … Continue reading

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Student-Made Books

Classroom publishing has always been dear to my heart.  I first realized the power of publishing student’s work when I was working at a university lab school.  I was studying ways to teach students with learning and emotional disabilities.  One of the … Continue reading

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Savanna Safari Animal Puppets / Masks

I finally finished the first of many products celebrating life on the African savanna.  I am always looking for ways to get students to read where they don’t realize that they are actually reading!  (It helps a little to be a … Continue reading

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Lion

Photo Credit:  Lioness with Young:  Photo by AdmMH, via Pixabay.com. The “king of the jungle”, actually lives on the grassy plains of Africa’s savanna, and the dry, arid plains of India’s national preserves. At one time they were found across … Continue reading

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Cheetah

Photo Credit:  Cheetah Snack:  Photo by kolibri5, via Pixabay.com. A cheetah is built for speed. Its long thin legs, lightweight bones, and short coat make it the fastest land mammal in the world. It can go from 0-60 miles an … Continue reading

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Savannas of the World

I’ve started working on a new set of teaching materials about the African savanna.  The diversity, amount, and concentration of life found on these sweeping, grassy plains is staggering.  The interdependence and interactions between species boggles the mind!  Truly each … Continue reading

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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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