In Other Words

Looking for more resources to help your students with grammar and vocabulary development? Here are some of my favorite books for that:

Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives, by Ruth Heller

Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives, by Ruth Heller

You can learn more about Heller’s World of Language series here and by clicking on the books below.

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns, by Ruth HellerKites Sail High: A Book About VerbsBehind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions, by Ruth Heller

 

I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What is a Pronoun? by Brian P. Cleary

I And You And Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?, by Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary also has a book series dedicated to helping students understand the English language. Check out his amazing interactive site here. You can learn more about Cleary’s Words are Categorical books (which are illustrated by Jenya Prosmitsky) here and here and by clicking on the covers below.

Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym?, by Brian P. ClearyDearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is An Adverb?, by Brian P. ClearyBut and For, Yet and Nor: What Is a Conjunction?, by Brian P. Cleary

 

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones, written and illustrated by Gene Barretta

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones, by Gene Barretta

 

If You Were an Adjective, written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Sara Gray

If You Were an Adjective, by Michael Dahl

 

Punctuation Takes a Vacation, written by Robin Pulver and illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed

Punctuation Takes a Vacation, by Robin Pulver

 

In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms, written by Marvin Terban and illustrated by Giulio Maestro

In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms, by Marvin Terban

 

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! written by Lynne Truss and illustrated by Bonnie Timmons

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynne Truss

online resources:

Word Structure (prefixes, suffixes, roots)

SpellingCity.com

MyVocababulary.com

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Well, it feels like we have had more than our share of April showers around here this year.  🙂

Thankfully, the sun has finally started to warm up some of our days and the spring flowers are in full bloom. They are a beautiful sight…. and an intriguing (as well as creative) topic for a spring science unit.

After observing, dissecting, analyzing, and categorizing flowers with your students and sharing books like those shown above, you may want to provide opportunities for some creative projects like the flower crafts found on the following sites:

FreeKidsCrafts.com

DLTK’s Printable Crafts for Kids

Kaboose.com – tissue paper flowers

TLC Family – paper flowers

Origami Fun – origami lilies and other flowers