Vocabulary instruction is so critical is today's classroom! A vast vocabulary will help students to become better readers and writers. Vocabulary is also essential to their performance on standardized tests. Helping kids to develop their vocabulary is time that is well spent in a busy classroom. I have developed a vocabulary routine that keeps my vocabulary instruction simple to plan and a meaningful use of instructional minutes. If you want to read more about my weekly routine, click on the picture below. I love using games to practice and review vocabulary words. Games are engaging and fun. Students will remember more when they are having fun! Games can be used in centers or as a whole group activity. I have come up with ten different games that are super simple and can be played with any list of words. You can play these games with ELA words, science words or even math vocabulary!  At the end of the post- in red font- you can sign up to receive all of the game ...
Thanksgiving is such a fun time in the classroom! Thanksgiving is a great time to teach fun social studies lessons and character trait lessons! I love teaching about the First Thanksgiving and helping students to understand what it means to be thankful. I use lots of books throughout the month of November in my classroom. I am going to share lots of my favorite Thanksgiving books with you. Each book picture is linked to the book on Amazon to make it easier for you to read more about the book or make a purchase for your classroom. I have included some fun books, as well as some more historical books. The Story of the Pilgrims This is a simple book about the first Thanksgiving. It includes historically accurate facts about the Pilgrim's voyage across the Atlantic, the first winter and the feast. The details are interesting and just enough to keep students engaged. The simplicity of this book makes it ideal for the start of a unit on Thanksgiving or for younger studen...