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A Key Ingredient to Comprehension: Vocabulary

WordgirlVocabulary instruction is one of the key ingredients our students require to achieve reading success. All students need to have an understanding of what words mean and how to use them in order to find meaning in what they read.

This week, I’d like to share a recipe that anyone can follow for teaching our primary standards in vocabulary and concept development. Read on for meaningful, easy-to-prep ideas for teaching antonyms, synonyms, compound words, and classifying words. And don't forget to check out Scholastic's Word Girl Competition Webcast, another opportunity for students to enrich and test their vocabulary.


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Reading Fluency: Speed, Accuracy, Expression, Oh My!

Aroundtheworld Today I'm going to discuss three important aspects of reading fluency: speed, accuracy, and expression. In the article "Common Questions About Fluency," Maryanne Wolf states, “Fluency is the developmental process that connects decoding with everything we know about words to make the meaning of the text come to life. Fluency is a wonderful bridge to comprehension and to a lifelong love of reading.” 

Read on for fun, effective fluency activities that you'll find easy to integrate into your lesson plans.




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The Power of Playing with Words

WhatsInTheBag Welcome to my blog! I am so glad you stopped by! I am privileged to share with you some ideas and strategies about literacy which I have used in my own class, focusing on those that are easy to prep, readily available, and customizable. The topics come directly from the 1st and 2nd grade language arts standards and include Fluency & Word Recognition, Vocabulary/Concept Development, and Reading Comprehension. In addition, I also want to know what your needs are. Please post your comments and questions - if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does and blog about it.

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Greetings From Top Teaching Advisor Andrea

Spillett_Andrea_p_xlg I am thrilled to be back blogging for Scholastic. For those of you who have followed my blog regarding kindergarten ideas and English Language Development strategies, I now have the privilege to share ideas targeted for 1st and 2nd graders about a topic that is near and dear to all of our hearts: literacy. Teaching students how to read and write is incredibly rewarding. There are so many aspects of teaching that I find inspiring, but when a child reads for the first time, now that is monumental. In the past you might have known me as Andrea Spillett. I have since married and will be blogging under my new name, Andrea Maurer. I look forward to collaborating, troubleshooting, and yes, at times commiserating about the trials and tribulations of our wonderful profession.

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