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MyVocabulary.com

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

WHAT IS MYVOCABULARY.COM?

A free site that allows students at high-elem., junior high and high school levels, teachers and life-long learners to acquire and retain vocabulary. Each free session has three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level has 3 puzzles with 12 words each (36 total words in a session) and contains seven (7) additional activities/exercises that help develop vocabulary. It is continuously updated.

For details on existing themed content and Latin & Greek Root list click here:

Alphabetical List of 90+ thematic features

School Content Calendar

Alphabetical List of Latin & Greek Root

WHAT DOES A ROOT WORD LESSON PLAN PROVIDE?

There will be 20 lesson plans with grade level appropriate roots/cells derived from Latin or Greek. For current Root Word Lesson Plan #1 through #7 all answers can be put INSIDE the puzzle boxes. In each …

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VocabSushi

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

The VocabSushi Method

When you learned English, you did not sit down with 1,000 flash cards. Instead, you listened to people talk or read stories and whenever you encountered a word you didn’t recognize, you deduced its meaning based on the context of the sentence. Why should that learning process be any different now?

The VocabSushi philosophy believes you can learn the meanings of words faster, more accurately and more efficiently by reading through sentences rather than just trying to memorize definitions. Many words, for example, commonly appear with other words – such as “an egregious error” or “an intrepid reporter” – which can clue the reader in on the word’s appropriate usage as well as its general meaning.

Based on this philosophy, VocabSushi provides thousands of sentences that demonstrate any vocab word’s contemporary usage in news articles. Compared …

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Spellcity.com

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

VocabularySpellingCity.com is dedicated to helping students, teachers, parent-teachers, and school systems. VocabularySpellingCity is an award-winning site with ongoing introduction of new features, many based on input from existing users. Our mission: efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list.

The site was launched on the web as SpellingCity in 2008 and has grown primarily through word of mouth. SpellingCity immediately went viral and had millions of users in the first school year when it was really just a spelling practice utility. The site’s services and traffic have steadily expanded over the years. In January 2011, SpellingCity became VocabularySpellingCity to reflect the addition of significant vocabulary capabilities. During the 2010-11 school year, the site attracted two million unique visitors per month – over four million visits total, and over 40 million page views monthly. In 2011-12, VocabularySpellingCity enhanced its …

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Vocabulary.com

Saturday, 08 April 2017 by

Vocabulary.com

Look up a word, learn it forever.

Don’t just memorize. Achieve mastery.

Ditch the flash cards and stop memorizing definitions. Vocabulary.com teaches you words by systematically exposing you to a wide array of question types and activities that will help you understand all the meanings and nuances of every word you’re learning.

Even after you’ve achieved mastery, Vocabulary.com continues to reinforce what you have learned to make sure that it all stays fresh in your memory.

Look up a word in their dictionary — you’ll read a friendly explanation that you’ll actually remember. It’s as if your favorite teacher were explaining the word to you.

Clever usage tips and real-world examples show you how words live in the wild so you’ll be more confident using them yourself.

See a word you’d like to know better? Click “Learn this Word”

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What if public schools fail?

Sunday, 19 March 2017 by

Both of my parents are 80 this year and both are retired public schools educators. Mom was reading a news article this week about the state of public schools in North Carolina. She was shocked and appalled. As I was bringing her up to speed on several things far from her imagination since her retirement, she recalled something one of her former principal’s (Bob Clendenin) had said. “If public schools fail, so will middle class.”

As we see a shift in politics in moving towards the privatization of schools through vouchers and expansion of charters, public school employees seem to be the few who understand the big picture and long-term effects of this transformation in education. The unintended and unexpected consequences of this considerable permutation will not only change the face of public education, but will also substantially change the …

100 People: A World Portrait

Saturday, 04 March 2017 by

100 People: A World Portrait

Global Studies lesson plans included!

“While living in Paris, I received an e-mail from my friend and fellow filmmaker Isabel Sadurni entitled, “If the World Were 100 People.” It offered an accurate description of the world population proportionally represented by 100 individuals (1:62.5 million), based on criteria such as age, nationality, gender, religion, and language. We both found the statistics describing the present state of our humanity on the planet both stunning, and deeply moving. We then asked ourselves, what do we really know about the people with whom we share the planet and why should we care about them, or more to the point, how do we express our care? We recognized that as a result of looking at the world population as a village of 100 people, we could better come to know …

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