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How to Teach Parts of Speech

How to Teach Parts of Speech

Understanding the parts of speech is vital for students as they move toward more complex writing skills.  Thankfully, teaching them about the different parts of speech can be a lot of fun.  Through interactive and engaging lessons, your students will quickly pick up on the parts of speech.  Try the ideas below to get started!


From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
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How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster.  This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
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Informational Text is a Hoot!

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Get your students to hoot and holler over informational text with a shared research unit. In my classroom, I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to engage students in rigorous, complex text. Before the unit, I gathered a variety of leveled informational text sources, purchased owl pellets, and created cute owl folders
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How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

Imagine a child mailing himself to relatives to get away for the summer.  Oh the adventures he would have and mischief he might cause!  If you have ever read the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, you know that in the story a little boy does just that.   For years, children and
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Creating Reflective Learners

Creating Reflective Learners

by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:


Making Words Fun! Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

Making Words Fun!  Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

For some students, learning about and understanding words is a real challenge.  As teachers, it is up to us to help them and make learning fun.  The three ideas below were sent in by really good teachers who know that when word lessons are exciting, students retain more and are more successful.


Literature Studies Made Easy

Literature Studies Made Easy

  by Jessica, Astute Hoot   Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not!   Literature Studies Made Easy
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St. Patrick’s Day Idioms

St. Patrick’s Day Idioms

Guest post by Lori Wolfe St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! I love using this holiday to teach about idioms!


TeachChat: Effective Reading Strategies

TeachChat: Effective Reading Strategies

  What makes a reading strategy effective?  Learn what other teachers and special guests from Astute Hoot have to say when they weighed in during the #TeachChat on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015.  Ideas, strategies, and tools to enhance students’ understanding and experience were all part of the discussion.