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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.

 

Student Interactives

 

Construct-a-Word

Construct-a-Word

Using Construct-a-Word, students learn letter-sound correspondence by combining a beginning letter or blend to a word ending to create words.

 

 

Weekend News! A Weekly Writing Activity

On Monday mornings, you’re likely to be asked, “What did you do this weekend?” In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Growing Readers and Writers with Help from Mother Goose

Watch Mother Goose work her magic! This lesson uses nursery rhymes to help emergent readers remember the letters and their sounds and identify word chunks.

 

 

ABC Match

ABC Match

ABC Match is a game that has students practice letter-recognition fluency while honing their memories. Students match initial letters with pictures, playing either with a timer or without.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Shared Writing

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

Using the Arts and Technology to Support Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Using the Arts and Technology to Support Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

In this web seminar, the presenters share their work in visual and critical literacy and how they have supported teacher in rethinking literacy and in exploring new possibilities for the English language arts classroom.

 

 

Community Stories  

Julie Blair

Curious in Kindergarten

Julie Blair | Student Teacher | McMinnville, TN

During my student teaching, I planned a lesson based on Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images from ReadWriteThink.org