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Jargon Journal May Bundle

Four books for May!  Are you ready?? Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here are the May books: I adore this book–it's one of my very favorite picture books.  If you don't have a copy

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Jargon Journal April Bundle

We're sliding in under the wire, but here is the April bundle of Jargon Journal units! Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here's what we've picked for April: April Foolishness  — Buy the book April

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Stamping with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

We are so excited to join in the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the beloved Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This was one of my absolute favorite books as a child and was the first book I bought the day I found out I was pregnant with my first

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Jargon Journal March Bundle

The March Jargon Journal Bundle is here! Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here's a run down of the March Bundle. In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb – Buy the book In Like

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Jargon Journal February Bundle

The February Jargon Journal Bundle is here! Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here's a run down of the February Bundle. Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather – Buy the book Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather

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Jargon Journal January Bundle

I can't believe I forgot to post about our January bundle of interactive vocabulary notebook units (aka the Jargon Journal.)  Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here's a run down of the January Bundle. Martin's

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Jargon Journal Christmas Bundle

We are having so much fun making our new Jargon Journal units and the feedback from you guys has been wonderful.  Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. We have a bundle of Christmas units in the

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Jargon Journal Thanksgiving Bundle

We are so excited about the great feedback we're getting from you about our new interactive vocabulary notebook, the Jargon Journal! If you were wondering, we WILL be releasing more units going forward so you should always have plenty to choose from if you decide to implement this program. Be

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Acquiring Vocabulary with an Interactive Vocabulary Notebook

  Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought.  When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford. –Marilyn Jager Adams

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Saturday Story Time–Tomorrow’s Alphabet

I was looking through some pictures and came across these that I'd forgotten about. Are you familiar with Tomorrow's Alphabet? It's a pretty clever idea. For each letter of the alphabet, there's an example of what it changes into. Like, "Y is for wool, tomorrow's yarn." I read it to

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Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day

NEA’s Read Across America Day is an annual national reading celebration on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Do you celebrate it at your school or at home? It seems that there are a million great ideas out there for celebrating Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss, so

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2011 Caldecott Award Winner

Yesterday the ALA announced the 2011 Youth Media Award Winners. I was especially excited to hear the winner for the Caldecott Medal: "A Sick Day for Amos McGee." Unfortunately, I haven't yet read it though it's been on my Amazon wishlist for a couple months. The illustrations are completely charming.

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