Category: Language

Simple Ways to Plan and Teach a Fairytale Inquiry Unit

Learning about fairytales and other fictional genres are important parts of a language arts program. In particular, fairytales are the type of stories that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of age groups. This is partly due to their...

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6 Unique and Independent Projects for Socially Distanced Classrooms

Teachers across Canada are heading back to the classroom soon. A concern among many is how to facilitate fun, engaging, and independent projects in a socially distanced classroom. There’s a lot of emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, especially in elementary...

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How to Use Nature Journaling in Inquiry Learning

Nature journals are recorded observations of things you see while in nature. They may include sketches of things like animals, trees, clouds, or flowers. It may also include smaller objects such as insects, leaves, twigs, or nuts and seeds. There are no rules with nature journals…

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How to Teach Spelling With Structured Word Inquiry

What is structured word inquiry? Simply put, structured word inquiry (SWI) is an investigation of words. It investigates how words are connected through their origins, structures, and parts. Through inquiry, students explore the history of words and their spelling. SWI...

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50 Thought-Provoking Questions About Language and Literature

Studying language and literature can sometimes feel boring to students. They aren’t always interested in learning about semantics or grammar. But spending a bit of time discussing deep-rooted questions about the English language or the art of debate or poetry...