Category: Literacy

Pre-Made Book Talks for Teachers

Pre-made book talks are great for any grade! The library is and always has been a magical place for me. Walking into a building stocked floor to ceiling with books I can browse and read for free on a million different subjects and by authors, both known and those waiting

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The Importance of Reading Engagement

Reading engagement can be defined as being fully immersed (intellectually and emotionally) in a text.  It is one of those terms that is often discussed in educational circles, but whose importance is often treated as a given, and which can easily take a back burner to the many other demands

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9 Ways To Use Podcasts In The Classroom

Using podcasts in the classroom has many benefits. I have outlined 9 different ways teachers can use podcasts in their classrooms.  Bell Work/Warm-Up Activity Some podcasts like the Six Minute podcast are short and are perfect for a bell work activity that can be completed both in person and in

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Creative Ways To Teach Vocabulary

It can be difficult to find creative ways to teach vocabulary. We do not always need students to write down the word and copy the definition as it does not always lead to retention.  Below is a list of vocabulary teaching ideas brainstormed by teachers. You do not need to

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Middle School Ramadan Lesson

It can be a challenge to find a quality middle school Ramadan lesson.  Ramadan, the celebration of when Allah first presented the Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed, is a critical part of the Muslim faith and is celebrated annually, yet middle school lesson plans about this month-long holiday are hard

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Middle School Easter Lessons

Looking for middle school Easter lessons? It can be a challenge to find engaging and middle school-appropriate ways to celebrate Easter in your classroom. As much as I would love to hand out an Easter-themed colouring sheet and call it a day – I don’t think my students would be

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Middle School April Fools’ Day Lesson

Depending on who you are and where you live, you may have never experienced the pranks associated with the first day of April or you may find yourself the victim (or perpetrator) or yearly hijinks.   No matter which category you fall into though, April Fools’ Day can be a humorous

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6th Grade Short Stories

It can be a challenge to find appropriate 6th grade short stories. Some stories are extremely long and are almost a short novel in length, whereas others are not appropriate for modern-day values.  I love using short stories in my classroom. I use them to teach the elements of the

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