The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.—Mark Twain

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AlphaBest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives
by Helaine Becker

Both picture book and teaching tool, AlphaBest includes a handy guide to creating your own comparatives and superlatives.
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Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves: A Story With Homophones and Homonyms
by Nancy Coffelt

Monkey is making a banana cream pie and needs help. Aunt Ant is busy going to visit her niece. Bee has too many things to do; the next shipment of honey is due. Monkey yells himself hoarse until Horse arrives, but Horse neighs and says nay. Lucky for Monkey, the friends finally pitch in by cleaning up banana peels and get some pie after all. Ages 4-7

WORD MATTERS: TEACHING PHONICS AND SPELLING IN THE READING/WRITING CLASSROOM WORD MATTERS: TEACHING PHONICS AND SPELLING
IN THE READING/WRITING CLASSROOM

Includes:
  • Word Study: systematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words.
  • Writing: includes how children use phonics, word patterns and principles to develop spelling abilty.
  • Reading: teaching children how to solve words with the use of phonics and visual analysis skills as they read for meaning.
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Grammar classifies words based on eight parts of speech: the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection. Make learning fun. These books visually explain the parts of speech through rhyming verse and whimsical illustrations. The parts of speech are printed in color for easy identification with a word search game at the end of the book.


Wordworks: Exploring Language Play
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WORKWORKS: Exploring Language Play

Wordworks includes information, activities, and bibliographies on exploring names, hink pinks, idioms, slang, multiple meaning words, proverbs, alike and different, word formation, etymology, and language play. Ideal for teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone who loves language, this entertaining and exuberant resource is complete with reference lists of excellent children's books for each topic.

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Mom and Dad Are Palindromes Ages 6-10
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Mom and Dad Are Palindromes: A Dilemma for Words...and Backwards
by Mark Shulman
Bob has a problem. He's a palindrome. In fact, once he learns what a palindrome is, he starts finding palindromes everywhere: his little sis, Nan; his pup, Otto; even his Mom and Dad! It's making Bob feel like a kook. Is there no escape? Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley have joined forces to create a wonderfully visual, ridiculously clever book of wordplay. Join the hilarity. . . do your civic deed, don't let your pupils slip up, and find the over 101 palindromes hiding in the words and pictures of this zany book.

Bringing Words to Life
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BRINGING WORDS TO LIFE: Robust Vocabulary Instruction

Rationale for Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Choosing Words to Teach
Introducing Vocabulary
Developing Vocabulary in the Earliest Grades
Developing Vocabulary in the Later Grades
Making the Most of Natural Contexts
Enriching the Verbal Environment
Appendices: A. Text Talk Books and Vocabulary Words
B. Books for a Lively Verbal Environment



To Root, To Toot, To Parachute: What is a Verb?
Ages 5-8
WHAT IS A VERB?
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Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective?
Ages 5-8
WHAT IS AN ADJECTIVE?
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A Mink, a Fink, A Skating Rink
Ages 5-8
WHAT IS A NOUN?
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UNDER, OVER, BY THE CLOVER: WHAT IS A PREPOSITION?
DEARLY, NEARLY, INSINCERELY: WHAT IS AN ADVERB?
HOW MUCH CAN A BARE BEAR BEAR?: WHAT ARE HOMONYMS AND HOMOPHONES?
Max's Words
Ages 4-8
Max's Words by Kate Banks

Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He’s going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.

Bright, bold pictures incorporating clever wordplay accompany this highly original tale about a younger brother’s ingenuity. --Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Ages 4-8 (and any classroom!)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Young and young-at-heart sticklers, unite! Lynne Truss and illustrator Bonnie Timmons provide hilarious proof that punctuation really does matter.

Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely.

This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter—and better punctuation—from all who read it.
--Putnam 2006
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Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books
by Loreen Leedy

Learn to brainstorm for ideas, do research. Shows how to plan your own book with loads of tips for coming up with good characters and settings, finding the perfect title, making revisions, choosing art supplies, and binding your own original book. (2004)

Also by Loreen Leedy, Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story(Ages 5-8) (2008) - Similes set off an exciting chase scene in an adventure in language arts. Rufus the fox is up to something. He runs across the meadow as fast as lightning, sneaks up to Babette like a thief in the night, and roars like a lion. Babette, mad as a hornet, chases Rufus all over town. But is Rufus being chased or is he actually leading Babette to a surprise destination? Rufus sure is crazy--crazy like a fox! Sure to make the reader as happy as a clam, this bright simile story also includes a clear explanation of similes and shows how to include similes in a story.

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Ages 8-12 (and every age)
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LOVE THAT DOG
By Sharon Creech

"This is the story of Jack
who finds his voice
with the help of
paper
pencil
teacher
and
dog."

Sharon Creech takes the spirit of poetry to a high level in her inspiring novel, LOVE THAT DOG. The reader will feel the child's self esteem grow as he begins to understand, enjoy, and be inspired by, the poetry of William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Walter Dean Meyers. As the child's journal progresses, his poetry becomes an expression of beauty. This book is a treasure. Excellent for home or classroom to explore the aspect and quality of poetry. Read the reviews.
Don't miss HATE THAT CAT (September 2008)



I Love Words
Ages 4 and Up
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I LOVE WORDS
by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Remember those candies with words on them? Here's a book for beginning readers featuring:
Sight Words, Question Marks, Contractions, Compound Words, Rhyming Words, Opposites, and lots more.

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster
Ages 6-10
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A multi-purpose book.
MISS ALAINEUS: A Vocabulary Disaster
by Debra Frasier

Tuesday is Vocabulary Day at Webster School. Sage has been sick and calls her friend Starr for the week's list. Starr hurriedly spells all but the last word, which is unfamiliar to Sage. She scribbles Miss Alaineus.

Instead of using the dictionary, she writes her own creative definition for the last word. She thought it had something to do with the kitchen because the Miss Alaineus drawer held everything that didn't go in the other drawers or it could be a person, like the woman on the spaghetti box.
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Excellent for home and classroom. Highly recommend. [Lesson Plan]



Walking the Bridge of Your Nose
Ages 4 Up
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WALKING THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE: Wordplay, Poems and Rhymes
Selected by Michael Rosen

Play with Language - tongue twisters, poems, rhymes, word puzzles, spelling, punctuation and fun!

This will be a frequently requested read.

Punctuation Takes a Vacation
Grades 1-3
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PUNCTUATION TAKES A VACATION
by Robin Pulver
When all the punctuation marks in Mr. Wright's class decide to take a vacation, the students discover just how difficult life can be without them.

Also by Robin Pulver, SILENT LETTERS LOUD AND CLEAR (Grades 1-3) (2008) - Wretched...dumb...a pain! Nr, Wright's class is tired of silent letters. The students can't hear them. They make spelling too tricky. Should silent letters be banned forever?

How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You.

Ages 9-12
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HOW WRITERS WORK: Finding a Process That Works for You.
by Ralph Fletcher

Author Ralph Fletcher encourages young writers by showing them how writers work, how they become writers and how to find a process that works for them. He also lets you in on a big secret. Writers are ordinary people, not special creatures or word sorcerers possessing some magic hidden knowledge. They each find what works best for them. "Good writing happens when humans beings follow particular steps to take control of their sentences -to make their words do what they want them to do."

Several authors contribute what works for them: Kristine George, Gordon Korman, Drew Lamm, Ben Mikaelsen, and Jeridine Nolan.

Topics included: Finding an Idea; Brainstorming; Breaking the Ice: Getting Started; Rereading; Revision, Proofreading.

The Aspiring Writer's Journal
Ages 9 and Up
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The Aspiring Writer's Journal
by Susie Morgenstern

A daily journal for young writers everywhere, packed with inspiration and ideas!

To be a writer, you have to practice--according to award-winning author Susie Morgenstern. As part of her mission to encourage young people to become writers (because, as she says, "the more writers, the merrier!"), she created The Aspiring Writer's Journal, filled with daily suggestions for writing activities. With quotes about writing and creative-writing topics on every page, this journal will help each young writer to hone his or her skills every day of the year.

Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem From the Inside Out
Ages 9-12
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POETRY MATTERS: Writing a Poem From the Inside Out
by Ralph Fletcher

Topics included: The Power of Poetry, An Emotional X-ray, What to Write About, Wordplay, Form, Going Public, and recommended poetry books.



The Color of my Words

Ages 8-12
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THE COLOR OF MY WORDS
By Lynn Joseph

Ana Rosa is a 12 year old growing up in the Dominican Republic, a country where words are feared, silence is self-defense and freedom of expression is denied. Her Passion for writing, community and love teach her the power of words and their worthlessness in the face of brute force. "Gradually she learns that her words have the power to transform the world around her celebrating what is most beautiful on her island and transcending even the most unthinkable of tragedies."

An inspiring novel.





A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms
Ages 8-11
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A KICK IN THE HEAD: AN EVERYDAY GUIDE TO POETIC FORMS
by Paul B. Janeczko (Compiler), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Please Open this book for something Extraordinary. Twenty-nine different poetic forms await you Inside these pages. How many Can you master?

From sonnets to double dactyls, Odes to limericks -- Raschka and Janeczko (and a frisky mule) Make learning the rules of poetry So much fun!

Presented in this splendid and playful volume are lively examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms so wonderfully to life.

Guppies in Tuxedos: Funny Eponyms
Ages 8-11
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GUPPIES IN TUXEDOS: FUNNY EPONYMS by Mark Terban
A person or place that becomes a word is an eponym, and here we have the surprising stories behind more than a hundred eponymous words.
Traces the origins of more than 100 eponymous words--words derived from the names of people or places. For example "sandwich" is an eponymous word from the eponym, Earl of Sandwich, the man who invented sandwiches.

Also by Marvin Terban, The Dove Dove: Funny Homograph Riddles

RESOURCES:
6+1 Traits of Writing - Treasure Trove of Teaching Activities

Activities to Reinforce and Teach Sight Words
Reading/Writing, level: Elementary K-2 - Games and activities

The Enormous Egg

The Enormous Egg
by Oliver Butterworth

Egg Reading Adventure - K-5
Objectives and Goals: Practice Creative writing skills, measuring skills, working together; activity helps children to enjoy reading.

Jump to Spell: Learning the Keyboard - Grade Levels 2-5
Major Objective: To spell words by jumping on a teacher-made computer keyboard

100 WORDS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL GRAUDATE SHOULD KNOW - download or print available.
ORDER: The American Heritage® College Dictionary, Fourth Edition

Language Dictionaries - Over 30 Multi-lingual Dictionaries, Translation, Grammars, Language Identifiers

Online Dictionary Query

Visit the Language Arts Section of ETC for additional resources.

Visit the Baby/PreK Section of ETC for Word Books

Interactive Word Wall Activity [Elementary]- A word wall is a systematically organized collection of words displayed in large letters on a wall or other large display place in the classroom. It is a tool to use, not just display.
Word Wall & On the Back Activities - Reading/Writing, level: Elementary - Word Wall Lesson Plans

Word Race - Grades 1, 2
Objective: Students will practice examining, copying out, and reading words that are written in the classroom.

The Missing Word - Objectives: Students will be able to predict possible missing words from a short story (picture book)by using context clues and graphophonic clues.

Word Command - Word of the Day -
To subscribe, visit http://www.wordcommand.com/wordoftheday.htm

Metaphor Project: The English Teachers' Tool Bag

Distinguish Between Analogy vs Metaphor

Phrase Finder - a professional writers' resource for generating ideas for headlines, advertising copy, song lyrics etc.&

Cliché Finder - and Just what IS a cliche'
The Book of Clichés - Words to Say in Time of Trouble

The Word Wizard - Join a group. Ask a question.

Library Spot - vast resource - libraries, references and reading rooms.