Vocabulary Lesson Plans

Vocabulary lesson plans – research based and relevant to the Common Core standards – The actual sets are here Vocabulary Sets. Welcome to my latest project for sharing differentiated instruction. These multi-media vocabulary lesson plans are free for you to use. The reference for these sets is Wordstrips 180 Vocabulary Words, by June Barzowsky-Smith.  The lesson … Continue reading Vocabulary Lesson Plans

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Vocabulary Sets

Click on the photo to go to the vocabulary set. Click on the Quiz link to go to the quiz*. *Note on Quizzes – After the first few quizzes, I realized that some students were having trouble, so I created a second version, Quiz Modified, most of those are matching. -You can edit quizzes in … Continue reading Vocabulary Sets

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Hyped Up About Hypermedia

Maya Eagleton uses hypermedia to report on hypermedia in the electronic journal of the International Reading Association Reading Online. Eagleton gathered a semester’s worth of data and artifacts on a small group of 12 and 13-year-olds, while they launched a webzine hypermedia project—a magazine on the Internet for teenagers. Never mind that this was back … Continue reading Hyped Up About Hypermedia

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Baby Steps

We have all been to workshops and conferences where the speaker gives a glorious, revival-style  presentation on differentiated instruction. We sit there thinking, “Wow, this is fantastic!” Then, we  imagine how in the world we were going to differentiate for 25 – 30 students, six times a day, and  we say, “Wow, this is a … Continue reading Baby Steps

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Homework: The Great Debate

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/20/assignment_america/main4816823.shtml The story linked above tells of one student’s efforts to put an end to homework. In six years of teaching, homework has been my single largest source of frustration. As an intervention specialist, I have negotiated with regular education teachers for quantity—fewer math problems, one paragraph instead of three—but I could not negotiate quality. This … Continue reading Homework: The Great Debate

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Bookmark Sites Make Great Center Assignments

John Kuglin’s website has a great collection of links. One of them that I highly recommend is ikeepbookmarks. Teachers can use the site as a center assignment; tell the student to go to ikeepbookmarks, open a certain folder, and complete the activity, quiz, reading, or whatever on a chosen site. This works especially well with … Continue reading Bookmark Sites Make Great Center Assignments

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A Snapshot of Differentiated Instruction – Lesson Plans

“Activities for Differentiated Instruction Addressing All Levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Eight Multiple Intelligences.” This title, by Audrey C. Rule and Linda Hurley Lord sounds too good to be true. I have found similar articles or web pages in the past. They promise to provide lesson plan ideas to create the differentiation of our dreams, … Continue reading A Snapshot of Differentiated Instruction – Lesson Plans

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Gardner, Twenty Years Later in the Right Frame of Mind

Howard Gardner jokes that his work in multiple intelligences has brought him his fifteen minutes of fame, but truly, his name has been on the minds of teachers for twenty years. Although Gardner says that he is a psychologist and was not thinking in terms of classroom instruction, many teachers are his greatest fans. When … Continue reading Gardner, Twenty Years Later in the Right Frame of Mind

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Gone Fishing – Quality Web Searching for Student Projects

Many teachers have experienced the frustration of assigning a topic for a research project, then giving students a block of time in the computer lab, only to discover at the end of the class period that the students spent most of their time looking at sites that were off topic, or otherwise useless. Chances are … Continue reading Gone Fishing – Quality Web Searching for Student Projects

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