Our class will be building literacy skills through a multitude of experiences and mediums this year. We will be using the Schoolwide Literacy Program for our whole group time, and literacy centers along with Guided Reading groups and coached reading to extend our skills to independent practice. We will also be using Units of Study for our Writer's Workshop time to develop our writing skills.
Check out what we are currently studying!
Literary: Nonfiction. We are learning about what authors give us to help us learn about topics. We are studying text features and how to identify the main idea and details. You can help us grow by asking what kind of book we are reading (story or information) and how we know. Also feel free to ask us about what text features we see on the page!
Writing: Nonfiction. Aligned with our reading study, we are learning how to write nonfiction "All About" books. We are working to teach all about a topic and to use the fancy text features we have been seeing in our nonfiction reading books. You can help us grow by discussing all the topics we know so much about so our brains are full of ideas for writing time.
Literacy Resources Websites:
Scholastic Book Leveling Site: This site is an awesome resource for telling what level a book is. There is also a free app called "Scholastic Book Wizard" available through the app store. (Click on the drop down menu that says "Grade Level Equivalent" and select "Guided Reading")
Schoolwide Website: This is the program our district uses for whole group reading time. The site has information about the program and how it was developed.
Units of Study Website: This is our writing program. The website has information about the philosophy behind the program and how we use it to teach our kids to be better writers.
Guide to the "Daily CAFE" model
Read Alouds of a selection of stories
Clifford Interactive Storybooks and Games
BBC Collection of Read Aloud Stories
BBC Words and Pictures Games (a lot of fun ones!)
Starfall.com Phonics Games
Sight Words Matching Game
Internet4Classrooms Literacy Games (several and broken down by specific skill that the game practices)
Junie B. Jones Website
Skippyjon Jones Website
Epic (Requires a paid subscription for home use)
StoryOnline (Celebrities reading some amazing books)
Steve Jenkins Website