Using Teaching Videos for Reading Instruction

The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.

So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate.  That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.

How do my word family videos engage students?

  •  First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
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  •  Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘…
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    After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
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    (If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)

    At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…

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    (As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )

  •  Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video.
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    The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!

As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:

7 Videos for short a word families

  1.  –ab
  2.  –ad
  3.  –ag
  4.  –am
  5.  –an
  6.  –ap
  7.  –at

 5 Videos for short e word families

  1.  –et
  2.  –en
  3.  –eg
  4.  –ed
  5.  –ell

I will be continually adding new word family videos to my TPT store! You will be able to find them here.

Thanksgiving Lapbooking Idea: Learning about Turkeys!

This INTERACTIVE downloadable LAPBOOKING unit will have students learning all about Turkeys!
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Just a some of the fun things students will learn about while completing their lapbooks:

  • What wild turkeys actually look like and the ‘funny’ names of the different parts of their body
  • Turkey behavior
  • Turkey habitat
  • What male and female turkeys are called

They will answer questions like:

  • Where do they sleep?
  • What animals are among the turkey’s biggest enemies?
  • How many eggs does a turkey lay at one time?
  • Do turkeys fly?

PLUS – Students will be given ‘turkey’ related vocabulary to learn as well. Words include: omnivore, flock, noble, fowl, domestic, forage, ruffled, gobble, gobblers, toms, hens, iridescent, camouflage, caruncles, snoods, spurs, wattle, beard.

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13 Colonies – Notebooking Through History (Complete Unit)

Settlers from Spain, France, Sweden, Holland, and England claimed land in the New World beginning in the 17th century. The struggle for control of this land would continue for more than a hundred years and is an important part of US History.

Whether you are looking for a complete stand-alone unit or a supplement to what you are currently studying within your selected curriculum, this Notebooking unit will fit the bill!

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It includes:

* Notebooking instructions, assignment and organization pages
* Evaluation Rubric
* Information reading for students about the colonies (overview, motivations, economy, beliefs, revolution, first settlements, Jamestown, Pilgrims voyage, and life in the colonies – farming, church, education and food)
* Maps
* 32 student project / notebooking pages
(These notebooking pages are in color but can be successfully printed in grey-scale to save on printing costs.)

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CVC Word Family (-at) Interactive Learning Unit

CAUTION: Fun, interactive learning contained within this unit with 44 student pages for students to color, cut, paste, and write!

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Topic: -at Word Family

In this unit you’ll find:

  • Flashcards
  • Puzzle Cards
  • Templates for interactive notebooks, lapbooking and/or center activities
  • Worksheets for matching, writing, cut and glue
  • Mini-Book PLUS a template for students to create the own
  • Posters

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