Olive and other Miss Takes

Misunderstandings can lead to all kinds of trouble, embarrassment, and (thankfully!) occasionally adventure, but they are not something that we want to abound in the classroom.

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier illustrates the importance of both correct spelling and comprehension when learning new vocabulary. It’s a great story to open up the lines of communication with your students and encourage them to seek help when in doubt. It also shows how initiative and creativity can aid the learning process.

book resources:

Scholastic – Miss Alaineus lesson plan (K-5th)

ReadWriteThink – Learning to Learn with Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster (3rd-5th)

slideshow introducing vocabulary, strategy and skill (5th)

McGraw-Hill – interactive online activities

Creating Vocabularians: Word Connoisseursstrategies for strengthening students’ vocabulary and celebrating words

*in case you’re wondering where the blog post title comes from 🙂

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