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Vocabulary instruction is important. Like so important. Why? Well, our students are constantly being exposed to new words every single day. Elementary students should be adding anywhere from 2,000 - 3,000 new words to their vocabularies every year! That is a huge number of new words to learn. And if we really want to make all of those new vocabulary words stick with them, then we need to make sure that we are effectively teaching our students skills and strategies that will help them improve and grow their vocabularies. Keep on reading to learn all the ways you can boost your vocabulary instruction.

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Greek & Latin Root Word Reference Sheets

This root word reference sheet will help your students remember common Greek & Latin Root Words. The reference sheet includes the definition and examples of 40 common root words as well as picture cues! It also includes customizable spaces for students to add their own root words.

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With over a decade of experience working as a classroom teacher and school administrator, I understand the joys and challenges of teaching. That’s why I’m on a mission to make an impact by serving stellar upper elementary teachers just like you. Get ready, because I’m pulling out all the stops to ensure that you have the tools and confidence you need to build a literacy block that you’re proud of. One that excites you and your students while also meeting the standards. Oh yes, it’s totally possible to have both!