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Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

The game Bingo is transformed in this lesson in which students use symbols and images to make connections to environmental print through the use of personalized Bingo cards.

 

Student Interactives

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

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

 

 

Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

Students are asked to "talk" with Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World by using open-ended questions to help them interpret the language, plot, and characters of the story.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.

 

 

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.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

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

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Performing Poetry

Performing Poetry

Performing poetry incorporates oral reading, literature, and the performing arts. This strategy can benefit content area readers, English language learners, or learners with special needs.

 

Children's Inquiry: Using Language to Make Sense of the World

Children's Inquiry: Using Language to Make Sense of the World

Lindfors introduces a theoretical framework for understanding children's inquiry language—as communication acts in which the child brings another into the act of sense-making—and uncovers new possibilities for our understanding of how children learn.

 

 

Community Stories  

Beth Dunning

"S" Is for Poetry

Beth Dunning | Teacher | Denton, TX

Each year our first-grade students research different ocean animals; this year we decided to research seals