in Literacy Instruction
the Best - Forget the Rest:
Things have Changed:
Example of one school system's
implementation/organization of Four-Blocks Framework for Literacy Instruction:
4-Blocks Literacy Framework e-Resources:
Definition of Reading Terms:
Balanced Literacy Handbook (grades 1 - 5):
Reading Instruction that Works (workshop by
Self-Assessment Checklist for a Balanced
Self-Assessment checklist for Excellent
Day Two: Four-Blocks
Creating Writers with Creative Writing:
|Ideas for writing using Alexander and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Secret Knowledge of
Judith Viorst reading Alexander and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/family/alexander/author.html
What is kindergarten’s role in
What should students be doing at each grade level
How often should students at each grade level be
|every day - without exception |
How do you build a writing program?
How do teachers build their confidence for
implementing writing in the classroom?
How do we teach children to develop voice in
|Use real quality literature as a model.
|Teachers model by using their own writings as
How do you effectively conference with students?
What are some techniques for conferencing with 2nd and 3rd
Explain the use of the Socratic method in the
Guess What Kids!
Please address apathy for at-risk and the effect
on the writing process. Suggestions?
Different strategies for open-response questions
(basically we use the four column method)
Strategies for making writing exciting.
Planning Sheet for Writing:
Day Three: Four-Blocks
Pre-During-Post Reading Strategies:
PBS Kids: Between the Lions:
|Beautifully illustrated stories to read
on-line, print, and share. Also includes games, literacy tips for
parents and teachers. |
Planning Sheet for Reading:
Day Four: Four-Blocks
Strategies for Phonemic Awareness
Strategies for Phonics Instruction
Word Wall Cheers:
http://126.96.36.199/read/wordfun/foxtohen.htm - interactive on-line
What do I do with my
spelling books? Cheryl Sigmon
Helping Parents Understand
Vocabulary and Spelling
Cheryl M. Sigmon
Sort, Hunt, Write:
A Weekly Spelling Program:
Day Five: Four-Blocks and Synthesis of
Souvenir Bits - A Developmental Process:
|For every book a child reads (or heads via
teacher read aloud) an "artifact" representing the book is placed in a bag
(or box) so that the child can link the story to an object and retell the
story (or information in the case of an expository book.)|
A Bit of a Story (home version of Souvenir
|Summer/home connection to keep adding objects
to a bag or box so that children can better recall and retell stories or
Emergent and Early Literacy:
Kindergarten Book Units (9 in all):
Article on the Difference Between Four-Blocks and Building
Read, Write, Sing Lesson Ideas:
http://www.colorcodedbooks.org/wbs/photo_books.htm - fabulous photo books
to print and many others to purchase at very low prices.
Kindergarten Handbook for Reading and Writing:
|Over 16,000 webpages that connect to all
content areas, interests, and topics of study. |
Appropriate for K-3, free or banner-free membership as options. Of
particular interest are the rebus rhymes
and Mother Goose pages:
|Offers interactive on-line learning in
skills/strategies ranging from beginning sounds, to multiple meaning words,
to levels of text comprehension.
How the Leopard got his Spots by Rudyard
|Beautifully illustrated classic is a perfect
way to introduce porquoi stories. |
Want to develop a poetry collection? This
site has a large selection that can be printed. You may find the banners
more than a little annoying, but the content is good:
Interactive Unit Planner:
|Allows you to build a unit (or lesson plan)
on-line. Step-by-step, prompts you to include all critical
information, and provides helpful readings/resources. You can print
the lesson plan or have it emailed to you to save. |
Four-Blocks Literacy Chatboard:
|Visit this site to ask questions, read other
posts, and share your ideas.|
Collection of links to on-line sites for all of
|Be sure and check out "Watson's Word Wall" and
the "Teacher's Desk" - amazing resources! |
click on Curriculum Units -- then on Sample Units to get an
idea of what these incredible units look like.
Thought this might help as you work on your standards-based units.
Composer and Publisher (downloadable writing software):
http://www.realebooks.com/ - very
Ideas for Inclusion of Pictures:
|iwon.com posts photos every day which have been submitted
by iwon viewers:
User photos, pet photos, celebrity photos, and fashion photos are available
to download to your computer and use in your classroom
in PowerPoint presentations, hard copy print outs for activities, and as
springboards for vocabulary development, writing, and visual links
to content area instruction.
|msnbc.com has a daily multimedia webpage that chronicles
video, photo slide shows, and images from current events and special |
happenings around the world:
|Interesting High-Speed (super slow motion) video clips:
The super slow-motion playback lets you visualize effects|
that cannot be seen with the naked eye or with a standard video camera.
Cornerstone® developed three complete units of
study over Click, Clack, Moo, Joseph had a Little Overcoat, and
The Fox and the Crow. These units
are FANTASTIC for ALL learners! You have got to see these to believe them!
http://pbskids.org/lions/cornerstones/ - Scroll down to "teaching units"
(right side of screen).
Judy and David's On-Line Songs:
http://www.makeworksheets.com - not what you think!!
Lesson Plans on the Internet:
|A large databank of lesson plan collections.
Language Arts Links:
Talking to Parents (part 1):
Talking to Parents (part 2):