by Donna Bell and Donna Jarvis
Not confident that their early literacy curriculum was all it could be, Donna Bell and Donna Jarvis used their Reading Initiative study group exploration to look more closely at what their kindergarten students already knew. Beginning from that point took their curriculum in whole new directions.
Bell, Donna, and Donna Jarvis. "Letting Go of 'Letter of the Week.'" Primary Voices 11.2 (October 2002): 10-24.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Inspired by the book It Begins with an A, kindergarten students are invited to turn their curiosity and guesswork into a class book, complete with illustrated objects and descriptive language
Grades K – 1 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students demonstrate their letter/sound knowledge by working with name cards and sharing observations about their classmates’ names, giving teachers an opportunity to assess knowledge in a meaningful context.
Grade K | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
In this recurring activity, the process of choosing a helper for the day becomes a literacy activity, with the helper's name as a starting place for reading and writing.