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Elementary Literacy Support

 
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Teacher Resources

On this page you will find oodles of resources to help you make the most of your literacy program. Check out the Houghton Mifflin tips in the FAQ section of The Literacy Circle Teacher Resource Page.

 

Literature Circles

Literature circles guide students to a deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response. Students can apply what they are learning about reading and writing in literature circles.


Literature Circles Resource Center

West Virgina Dept. of Ed Literature Circle Page

 

 

Guided Reading

The teacher guides a small group of students with similar reading abilities in the use of reading skills and strategies.

 

More information at Instructional Strategies Online

 

Teaching Reading with Leveled Books at Scholastic.com

 

 

Differentiation

Teachers match instruction and assessments to individual learners characteristics and needs.

 

Differentiated Instruction and Assessment from About.com

 

Differentiation for Gifted Children at Prufrock Press Inc.

 

The Access Center

 

 

Cooperative Learning Structures

Cooperative learning structures give students an opportunity to be actively engaged in their educational experience.

 

Colorin’ Colorado – ELL and Cooperative Learning

 

Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures

 

Cooperative Learning Strategies for teaching Summarizing

 

 

Poetry

“Writing a poem is discovering.”  Robert Frost


PoetryTeachers.com

 

Poetry Giggle

 

The Children's Poetry Archives

 

The Discovering Poetry Project

 

The Poetry Zone

 

Instant poetry forms

 

 

Book Lists

Looking for a good book?

 

Read Alouds from Planet Esme


Beaverton School District Leveled Books Database


Free e-books and more


Caldecott Medal Home Page


Newbery Medal Page

 

100 Best Books

 

Books Recommended for Kids by Teachers

 

Books for Boys

 

 

Read KiddoRead.com

 

 

Word Walls

An interactive collection of words used to teach vocabulary, spelling, phonics and more.

 

Word Walls at ABC Teach

Word Walls at The School Bell

Word Walls at Instructional Strategies Online

 

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Literacy Centers

Literacy Centers engage students while the teacher works with small reading groups, and reinforce literacy skills (vocabulary, reading, phonics, word study, mechanics).


Literacy Center ideas from Busy Teachers Café

 

 

Reciprocal Teaching

The students take turns being “the teacher,” in this learning model for teaching reading strategies.

 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory


Video of Reciprocal Teaching in action from Reading Rockets

 

 

Graphic Organizers

Visual tools to help organize our thinking.

 

Houghton Mifflin Graphic Organizers

 

 

Author Studies

Find your favorite authors here

Avi

 

Brett, Jan

 

Carl, Eric


Cleary, Beverly


dePaola, Tomie


DiCamillo, Kate


Dorros, Arthur


Fletcher, Ralph

Floca, Brian

Fox, Mem

Frasier, Debra


Henkes, Kevin


Hoberman, Mary Ann


Katz, Bobbi


Keats, Ezra Jack

Laminack, Lester

 

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Lin, Grace

Lowry, Lois

 

McCarthy, Meghan


Numeroff, Laura

Osborne, Mary Pope

 

Pilkey, Dav


Polacco, Patricia


Prelutsky, Jack


Riordan, Rick

Rowling, J.K.

 

Simon, Seymour


Snicket, Lemony


Steig, William


Van Allsburg, Chris


Wells, Rosemary


Willems, Mo

 

 

Useful Links

Smartboard Lessons on Room 108 Web Site

 

Every Child A Reader and Writer, professional development videos

Houghton Mifflin


West Virginia Department of Education


Santa Maria-Bonita Reading


Rialto School District


Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)


Daily Five

ReadWriteThink


Mandy Gregory’s Teacher Web Site


Education Oasis


ABC Teach


Reading Lady


Beth Newingham's Third Grade Literacy

Into the Book

 

Literacy Center:  Online Kindergarten Activities

 

Mrs. Meacham's Teacher Web Site

 

Christina Bainbridge's Primary Teacher's Web Site

 

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner

 

Student Mini Lesson Slideshows

 

Practicing School Skills at Home

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Frequently asked questions

How do I use the Houghton Mifflin Anthology?

The anthology is used to teach reading skills and strategies, including phonics/decoding, word learning and comprehension strategies.  The teacher models the strategies and skills and leads the class in guided practice using a variety of shared reading techniques including teacher model, partner read, popcorn read, SQRR (Scan, Question, Read, Respond), pyramid read, numbered heads and cloze read.

 

How do the Leveled Readers fit into my literacy program?

The leveled readers are used during guided reading to practice the skills and strategies introduced in the anthology lesson.  If students are below benchmark in decoding, they should use the phonics readers, instead of the leveled readers to work on phonics/decoding skills and be brought up to grade level.

 

When do I use the HM student practice books?

The student practice pages include a wide variety of materials. Some of the pages are designed to be used as guided practice, others are designed to be independent work. The pages vary in difficulty, too. Before assigning a page, ask yourself the purpose of the assignment. Is it for review? Extra practice? Assessment? Are the instructions clear, or do you need to guide students through the material? Remember, you do not need to do all or even most of the pages. Pick and choose wisely, according to the abilities and needs of your students.

 

Instead of using the practice book pages, consider using reading and writing journals, graphic organizers, literature response activities and student projects.

 

Where do I find out about the Handwriting Without Tears Program?

The ASD Language Arts Department is in charge of the handwriting program.  Here is the HWT website: http://www.hwtears.com/

 

Who can give me information about the Kindergarten Profile?

Glen Nielsen, elementary supervisor, is in charge of the ASD Kindergarten Profile program. Inquires can be directed to his office.  Brian Sheridan can provide technical assistance with the ASD assessment database.

 

Who can answer questions I might have about my classroom literacy program?

Your literacy support teacher is ready, willing and able to help you find the answers to your questions.  The best way to notify your literacy support teacher is through district email. 

 

Professional Books

Here are a few of the books that inspire us as Literacy Support Teachers. For more good reads, see our Reading and Writing pages.

 

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"Making the Most of Small Groups," "Practice with Purpose and Spaces" and "Places" by Debbie Diller.

More about these books »

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"Do-Able Differentiation" by Michael F. Opitz and Michael P. Ford

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"The Daily 5" and "The Café Book" by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.

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Mastering Mechanics book

"Mastering the Mechanics" by Linda Hoyt and Teresa Therriault

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