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I've updated The Perfect Meal vocabulary activity template! Download the free printable: http://ow.ly/yVUfy

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July Vocabulary Calendar DOWNLOAD http://ow.ly/ywPbv I always want my students to engage with their vocabulary words each day, and this handy vocabulary activities calendar makes practice quick and easy!

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Free Download, Vocabulary Land Game http://ow.ly/wo9F4 I am exhilarated about my new vocabulary activity-it is a truly magnificent board game that can be easily printed and then filled in by students!

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Free Printable Door Signs for Testing Week! A great resource from +WeAreTeachers 
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I've created three handouts that can assist your students in test prep. http://ow.ly/uPyQr Download them for free!

1.) The first handout with sheep on it is basic strategies for all students grades 2-12+ when answering multiple choice questions on prose passages.

2.) The second handout is for high school students, especially honors level students, when asked to answer ACT, SAT, and AP questions over reading passages. These are the strategies I tell my own high school students as we prepare for our AP Lit test in the spring.

3.) The third handout is an awesome flashcard template students can use to help them study. Happy testing!

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Teaching Vocabulary with Prezi! http://ow.ly/u6IYo This activity blends #edtech and vocabulary instruction. Download the Vocabulary Prezi handout and rubric.

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Fun with Synonyms: Guess That Word Vocabulary Card Game, Grades 3-8 http://ow.ly/yCopx

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When I play party games I always look for a way to tweak them for vocabulary instruction. Recently I updated one of my most popular vocabulary games
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Vocabulary Reflection for the School Year 2013-2014
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It’s been another amazing year for me, and I hope your school year was equally wonderful. I reflected on the school year using Vocabulary Words...
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Need an end of the year assignment that is engaging and meaningful? http://ow.ly/xa8jr Download my latest vocabulary activity and instruct students to write 5 pieces of advice using vocabulary words!

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Based upon the popular game, Apples to Apples from Mattel, my Oranges to Oranges Vocabulary Game is a real winner! http://ow.ly/vC6m1 Download the free game cards!

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Author Veronica Roth was so lovely to interview, and I was intrigued to learn she had to use a thesaurus herself until she found the best word to label each faction. http://ow.ly/uUrjA Such a revelation is a powerful message to students who think that they can never have the #vocabulary of a writer…they just need to keep studying their words and learning to use vocabulary tools!

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Row Races is a game that encourages students to use their vocabulary and creative writing skills. Download the lesson plan for your class! http://ow.ly/ubXIT

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I'm an English teacher and lexicon aficionado. I share vocabulary strategies for the classroom. Visit my blog to download my resources!
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Welcome to Vocab Gal's Google+ page! Add Vocab Gal to your circle to learn fun and exciting ways to enhance vocabulary instruction in your classroom! Vocab Gal is dedicated to providing free vocabulary games, vocabulary activities,  and author interviews to teachers! We'll share our favorite education articles, blog posts, and freebies with you.


The Vocab Gal (also known as Ms. Ressler to her students), has been teaching high school English for the last twelve years. She loves inspiring her students to get as exhilarated about vocabulary as she is, and relishes the moment when a teenager says “I heard/saw/read a vocab word and got really excited!”

She has wheedled her way into NCTE, IRA and OCTELA conference presentations and sedulously struggled to successfully earn her National Board Certification in 2006. Despite her propensity to question on a weekly basis her effectiveness as a teacher, she was graciously given the Ohio English Teacher of the Year award for 2010. She does adjunct work as a vocabulary consultant for Sadlier Oxford and is thrilled to have cajoled them into letting her blog about her successes as an English teacher (and hopefully get awesome ideas back from her readers). 

When not interrupting conversations to congratulate the speaker for his/her use of erudite language (her friends have adapted), the Vocab Gal listens to audiobooks, peruses funny blogs and tries not to avoid grading for too long.