Word Ladder for Father’s Day – June 2019

Fortnight of Poetry for April 2019

  • "It’s Poetry Month! Grab a favorite poem and immerse your students in it with these ideas to integrate repeated readings in an engaging way! ...Read More

Word Ladder for March Madness – Basket-Ball and Final-Four! – March-April 2019

Word Ladder for the First Day of Spring - March 2019

  • "Start with “Winter", a season of cold and snow. ...Read More

Word Ladder for National Boy Scout Day - February 2019

  • "Start with “boy” another name for a young man. ...Read More

Word Ladders and Popcorn Poems for Fluency -- National Popcorn Day – January 2019

  • "Start with “pop” another name for a fizzy soda drink. ...Read More

Word Ladder for Christmas – December 2018

Word Ladder for Veterans Day - November 2018

  • "Veteran - Take away 4 letters to make the past tense of “run.” ...Read More

Another Word Ladder for Football Season - October 2018

  • "Start with “Quarter” – One fourth of an object; a coin worth 25 cents. ...Read More

Word Ladder for Football Season - Sept 2018

  • "Start with “Touch” – To come into contact with someone or something. ...Read More

Word Ladder for the First Week of School - Aug 2018

Word Ladder for Summer – June 2018

  • "Start with the word "Summer" - a time for sun, swimming and play. ...Read More

Word Roots and Vocabulary Instruction (Part 2) - May 2018

Word Ladder for National Poetry Month - April 2018

Word Ladder for St. Patrick's Day - March 17th, 2018

  • "Start with the word “Sham” – a word that means something that is fake or false. ...Read More

Word Ladder for Valentine's Day - February 14th, 2018

  • "Start with the word “Love” – the emotion celebrated on Valentine’s Day. ...Read More

Word Ladder for Martin Luther King Jr Day - January 15th, 2018

  • "Start with the word “King” – a ruler of a country....Read More

Word Ladder for Pearl Harbor Day - December 7th, 2017

  • "Start with the word "Harbor" - a place of safety, usually for ships and boats...Read More

Word Roots and Vocabulary Instruction (Part 1), November 2017

  • "Most of us can remember the traditional way of teaching vocabulary"...Read More

A Word Ladder for Football Season! September 2017

  • "Start with Foot - the part of our body we use for standing and walking."...Read More

Another Halloween Word Ladder, October 2017

  • "Here's a Halloween word ladder. Enjoy! Start with the word "trick"...Read More

Word Study as Art

  • "I recently visited the National Art Museum and Portrait Gallery in Washington DC."...Read More

A Word Ladder for Hurricane Season!

  • "Start with Hurricane - a large and sever tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean."...Read More

A Word Ladder for an Eclipse!

  • "Let's start with sun, our star that gives us warmth"...Read More

A Vocabulary Lesson for "Vacation"

  • "With vacation time rapidly approaching, here's a quick lesson to help your students expand their vocabulary and learn a bit more about the English language."...Read More

A Word Ladder for Summer!

  • "Start with Spring, the season where April showers bring May flowers"...Read More

A Word Ladder for May Flowers!

  • "Let's start with May, the fifth month of the year"...Read More

A Word Ladder for April Showers!

  • "Let's start with April, the fourth month of the year"...Read More

A Word Ladder for Earth Day!

  • "Let's start with a word that describes our Earth and all the large bodies in the solar system"...Read More

A Word Ladder for Easter!

  • "Let's start with a word the famous spring Holiday"...Read More

A Vocabulary Ladder for April

  • "April Showers bring May Flowers."   One of the meanings for shower is a type of rain."...Read More

A Word Ladder for April 1

  • "Hello Everyone - here's a word ladder that you can do with your students on the first day of April. Word study can be fun!..."...Read More

A Vocabulary Ladder for March

  • "Besides being the name of month, the word "March" refers to a particular way of walking (in unison as a group)..."...Read More

A Word Ladder for March - Lions and Lambs

  • "Let's start with a word that describes an animal that roars..."...Read More

A Word Ladder for the Super Bowl!

  • "Let's start with a word that describes the man who can leap tall buildings and is faster than a locomotive..."...Read More

Two Word Ladders for the Inauguration of the New President

  • "Start with the top word and guide your students to make a series of new words..."...Read More

Happy Thanksgiving Word Lesson

Happy Halloween

Autumn and It's Time for Colder Weather (and a Vocabulary Ladder)

  • "Now that it's October, the days are getting shorter (in the northern hemisphere) and the temperature is starting to dip"...Read More

Happy Labor Day!

  • "In the U.S. Sept 5th is a holiday – Labor Day; a day to celebrate the working person"...Read More

Word Ladder for First Day of School (7.22.16)

  • "Here's a Word Ladder to share with your students on the first day of school! Feel free to add to or change the clues. Go from top to bottom"...Read More

Let's Move from Word Study to Word Play!

  • "I am a self-proclaimed and unapologetic lexophile, word nerd, or vocabulary zealot! I love words! I love to learn about how words came to be; I love the fact that some words have the same spelling but varied pronunciations and meanings while other words may have the same pronunciation but different spellings; and I love how words can be used to convey facts, tell a story, or elicit emotion"...Read More

Repeated Read Alouds May Lead to Reading Success for Young Children

  • "Over 50 years ago Dr. Dolores Durkin studied children who learned to read before starting school. She reported that one of the most consistent findings among these children were parents who read to their children regularly during their preschool years. This finding has since manifested itself in the advice we give to parents to read to their children. Over the years I have discovered that there is a type of parent-child read aloud experience that seems to be evident when children are quite young"...Read More

Knowing Word Roots Can Aid Comprehension

  • "A few years ago several colleagues and I were engaged in a study of reading fluency in high school students. Our study involved having ninth-grade students from a local urban high school read orally a relatively short informational text. Our intent was to check their reading rate (words read correctly per minute) to see if fluency may be an issue that is causing students difficulty in their reading. Our findings confirmed our hypothesis. Many 9th graders experienced difficulty in fluency and this appeared to be a contributor to their reading difficulties..." Read More

A Time for Thanks - and Fun with Word Roots!

  • "November is one of my favorite times of year. Despite the weather getting increasingly colder and the threat of winter weather on the horizon, I view November as a time for nesting, when family and friends often come for visits. During these visits it is not unusual to bring out a board or card game...Read More

Word Ladders

  • "Teaching Is Joyous Work: It's early September and school has begun or will begin soon for teachers, principals, and other educators. I certainly believe that teaching is a joyous profession; however, it is also a profession that requires lots of work. Thankfully, Labor Day rolls around on the first Monday in September and gives teachers a chance to take a quick breather. Here's a word ladder I did that connects work to labor..." Read More

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