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Teaching Practices: Introduction to Using Word Wall

word-wall-unit_thumb A word wall is a systematically organized collection of words displayed in
large letters on a wall or other large display place in the classroom. It is a
tool to use, not just display. Word walls are designed to promote group
learning and be shared by a classroom of children.
This large section includes:

  • Introducing Word Wall to Teachers
  • Using the Word Wall
  • Word Wall Words
  • Selecting Word Wall Words
  • Dolch High Frequency Words

Word Wall Introduction Unit


Storytelling Teaching Strategies: Story Mapping

teaching-strategies-for-stories-story-mapping_thumb Story Map is a representation of the setting, the characters or the events of a story. Story mapping is a simple idea. The end result of a story map may not look as intellectually challenging or as demanding as ten comprehension questions. However, the development of a story map demands a very high level of understanding. Continue reading

Storytelling Teaching Strategies: Story Ladders

teaching-strategies-for-Stories-story-ladder_thumbStory Ladder is created by making a summary of the story then deleting the last half of each sentence. Pupils are asked to recreate a general intent of the sentence rather than reconstruct the original sentence. Pupils can be given the Story Ladder before reading the story and predict the events then read the story and revise their predictions. Continue reading

Storytelling Teaching Strategies: Reading Response

teaching-strategies-for-stories-reading-response_thumbReading Response offers a variety of ways for pupils to respond to a story. Reading Response offers ideas for all modalities of learning.

  • Retelling the story
  • Dramatizing the story
  • Designing a Reader’s Theatre Script
  • Visually representing the story
  • Writing about the story Continue reading

African Folktales: The Tortoise’s Calabash of Wisdom

folktales-tortoise-calabash-of-wisdom_thumbThe tortoise was known to be the wisest of animals. He had many visitors who sought his wisdom, and they gave him many gifts. The tortoise was wise enough to want to become wiser. Then he decided to collect all the wisdom in the world, keep it in a hollow calabash (or gourd) and hang the calabash on a tree for safekeeping. Continue reading

African Folktales: Tortoise, the Birds, and the Feasts

folktales-tortoise-birds-and-feasts_thumbThere was a famine one time that went on for months. Even Tortoise, who was slow but cunning and full of tricks, had not had a good meal for two months. He could walk a little faster because his body had shrunken so, but that was of no use if he was weak from hunger and there was little food to be found. As he crept about, Tortoise listened carefully for news of food. He only heard of a feast that the sky-gods were preparing for their friends, the birds. The feast was to be in the sky where only the birds and the sky-gods could go. Continue reading

African Folktales: Why the Rabbit has a Short Tale

folktales-rabbit-short-tail_thumb Once upon a time Brother Rabbit had a long bushy tail. Every time he saw Brother Fox, Brother Rabbit shook and waved his tail in Brother Fox’s face. Brother Fox did not like Brother Rabbit treating him this way. He studied and studied how to get even with the rabbit. Continue reading

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