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Membean – Treelist – A Great Vocabulary Resource

membeanTeaching vocabulary to our students can sometimes be a tricky business, but it is something we all must do.  How can we make it interesting?  How can we teach all of the words our students need to know as well as all of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes that go with them?  There are thousands of words and stems!  How wonderful would it be if there was a site that teachers and students alike could access to help build vocabulary?  Well, there is!

I came across this site when I attended the NCAGT conference a few weeks ago.  It has a list of over 1,000 commonly used stems.  When you click on each one, you are taken to a visual of a tree that includes the stem, its definition, and examples of words containing the stem.  My students were amazed to see such an enormous list and were excited to write the website down to further examine them all on their own.  It is definitely worth exploring, and it can be incorporated in your classroom as early as tomorrow.  It is free, user-friendly, and extremely helpful, which is exactly why teachers (and students) love it!

By:  Christina Recker

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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