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Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G

Gentle, gigantic, graceful—do these g words describe the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk? Students will explore the hard and soft g sounds by studying fairy tales and animals.

 

Student Interactives

 

Letter Generator

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

 

Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace

Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.

 

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Picture Match

Picture Match

Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.

 

 

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words

Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game for primary students that reinforces letter sounds and how sounds combine to form words.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading

Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading

This landmark reference offers in-depth exploration of contemporary reading and literacy research.

 

Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children’s passion and wonder for learning. This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.

 

 

Community Stories  

Racheal Tighe

Creative ideas for engaging students in real learning

Racheal Tighe | Teacher | Mindarie, Perth, AL

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