Got Context?

What in the world does that mean? Context is one of the many skills readers use to figure out the meaning of unknown words. The words and sentences that surround an unknown word, its context, can help us understand a word’s meaning. Context can also help readers build a more complex understanding of a word’s [...]

Apostrophe or No Apostrophe? That is the Question.

Contractions, those bits of smashed together words, are tricky. Most contractions require an apostrophe to stand for the missing letters: don’t (do not), it’s (it is), or haven’t (have not). Some contractions don’t have an apostrophe: none (not one), shoulda (should have), wanna (want to), or outta (out of). Writing contractions can be difficult for [...]

Jump Start Science Vocabulary!

Do you want to give your K-2 students a head start on learning? Students don’t necessarily hear science vocabulary in everyday conversation, and unfamiliar vocabulary can make it difficult for students to take in science lessons and activities. When students are exposed to new vocabulary before the lesson, they can take in the words and [...]

Feed Your Summer Soul

Summer is right around the corner and it’s notorious for going to the beach, riding bikes, and having picnics. What you may not know is that summer is also a great time to get a head start for next year. A summer study program may be the best way to keep your brain sharp while [...]

Summer special! Get Over 75% Off on Time4Learning.com

If you’re looking for a fun way to carry learning momentum into the summer, Time4Learning can help! Their online learning program combines technology and education to make learning fun! And July is a great time to try it, because they’re offering new members over 75% off!  Kids love the “outside-the-box” approach and the novelty of [...]

Building Vocabulary with Homophone Games

Do you have a particular homophone weakness?  You know…a pair of words that you can’t ever seem to remember which one to use when??  Mine is most definitely the homophone pair hangar and hanger.  I am NEVER sure which one holds clothes and which one holds airplanes.  Maybe you have more than one set that [...]

Halloween Makes Vocabulary Fun

It is almost that time of the year…All Hallows Eve, otherwise affectionately knows as “Halloween.”  This is a boon time for teachers because it is so easy to create lessons and activities that kids can get excited about.  Who doesn’t love a little harmless “creepiness” added into the school day?? If you are looking for [...]

Vocabulary Lesson Plans the Fun Way!

If you’re looking to build a structured vocabulary lesson plan, Vocabulary.co.il is the place for you!  Vocabulary is Fun has the resources you need to construct challenging and beneficial vocabulary lesson plans.  Here, you’ll find an extensive selection of vocabulary lists, games, and other learning tools.  You can teach vocabulary more effectively in the classroom, [...]

Teacher Resource: Grade Level Vocabulary Games

  Most of the games at Vocabulary.co.il are broken up into categories, so that parents, teachers, and students have an easy way to pick and choose what words they would like to focus on. An especially helpful category for teachers (and homeschoolers) is the Grade Level lists.  The following grade level categories are included in [...]

Grade Level Vocabulary

Children who have a grade-appropriate vocabulary can succeed not only in the classroom, but also on statewide standardized tests.  Students who lack these vocabulary milestones in the early grades find it more and more difficult to catch up as they progress through their school years.  This is especially important for English language learners, as they [...]