Is it it's or its? Then or than? What about your or you're? These are homophones -- words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. They are commonly mixed up among students, and unfortunately, adults, as well. ALL. THE. TIME. In no particular oder, these are seven of some of the most commonly … Continue reading Is it Then or Than?: Honing Your Homophones
In the last couple of weeks, we've gotten a bit of snow. The temperatures this past week have dropped, often showing "feels like" temps in the negative digits. Winter has most certainly arrived. And with this season comes another list of A to Z words. This post is focused on a compilation of winter words … Continue reading Winter Words from A to Z
As my toddler began singing the alphabet song around the house, and showing an interest in the sounds the letters make, I decided it was high time to get an alphabet chart poster for the playroom. One would think that finding such an alphabet chart would be a piece of cake. Not so. Most alphabet … Continue reading Is Your Alphabet Chart Faulty?
This weekend my family and I went apple picking. The season has officially started, although here in New England it felt a bit more like summer than fall with an orchard temp of close to 80 (!). Nevertheless, fall is my favorite season, as sweater weather will soon be upon us. This post is focused … Continue reading Fall Words from A to Z
Poetry was always a part of every classroom I've taught in. It was integrated into lesson plans with students I tutored. I made sure it had a place in my students' learning, regardless of their age or learning level. Once during independent reading time, a first grader came up to me and said, "I'm reading … Continue reading It’s National Poetry Month!
Despite the heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the northeast last week, spring is officially here -- so the calendar says. But the days are longer and lighter, and more signs of spring will soon be on the way: the snow will melt, flowers will bloom, and the sounds of the woodpeckers and chirping birds will … Continue reading Spring Words from A to Z
Today’s post is all about cinquains. What they are and why I love them. A cinquain is a five line poem that follows a specific structure. While there are a few different structures for writing the cinquain, this is one of the more popular ones that I have used with my students: Now, let’s see some … Continue reading Cinquains — A Writing Tool for the Resistant or Adventurous Writer