The 5 Finger Rule of Choosing the Just Right Books

Good readers are somehow good writers and speakers too. I have seen this with most of my students over the years. Even with me, the books I read somehow have a direct impact on the way I speak and write. Just now, while reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for a book discussion with my…

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Making Inferences

Confused? A lot of people are when they have to draw inferences. Now let’s watch another video explaining how you already are drawing inferences. Give these exercises a shot once you are done with the videos: Exercise 1- What Causes a Solar Eclipse? Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 1 and 2 are grade 4 level…

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Finding the Main Idea

Finding the main idea of a story can sometimes be challenging for young students and even adults sometimes. But to know how to find it, we must first know what it is. So here’s a video explaining this topic in the simplest way. Another video to help you with this topic: Now try out these…

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How to Arrange Things in a Sequence

We engage in sequencing things everyday. But how is it relevant to learning a language? And how can we sequence things? Let’s find out! Sequencing is generally done to put things in a logical order for them to make more sense. Transitions are great indicators to know the sequence of a story. Here’s a simple…

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What are Context Clues?

Don’t we sometimes get stuck on words while reading a book? Well, we don’t know the meaning of words and wonder how our teachers and other adults know the meaning of so many words. Well, I always tell my students that nobody can memorize the entire dictionary, unless they have an eidetic memory.  Most people…

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How to Choose the Just- Right Book

To enjoy reading, we must learn how to choose the right book.

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Word of the Day- November 16, 2018

badinage i. (noun) conversation or remarks that are jokes and not serious ii. (noun) witty or humorous conversation Sentence– The President was in a good mood as he walked through the crowd and made several voters laugh with his witty badinage.

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Word of the Day- November 15, 2018

respite (noun) a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant Sentence– The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering to the victims of the war.

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Word of the Day- November 14, 2018

sue (verb) to start a legal case against a person or an organization, in order to claim money from them because they have harmed you in some way Sentence– Siddharth decided to sue the manufacturing company for £2 million for the harm caused by the defect in their mobile phones. Special mention to Siddharth Gautam…

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Word of the Day- November 13, 2018

abecedarian (adjective) arranged alphabetically Sentence– The girl decided to organize the files in an abecedarian manner so she could find what she was looking for by name more easily.

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The Talkative Barber- Audio

Here’s the audio to the story of “The Talkative Barber“. Close your eyes and see if you can visualize the whole story in your mind. Do notice the voice modulation, diction and pauses of the reader. Also, do mention if you think of any connections or were able to visualize anything while listening to the…

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Don’t Keep Using ‘very’! There are Better Words!

Learn new and better words to replace ‘very’

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Word of the Day- November 11, 2018

aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence– During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question– What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is…

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