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Units of Study in Phonics Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade K, 2020-21 Subscription

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed subscription-based Virtual Teaching Resources to help Kindergarten teachers adapt workshop instruction for blended or virtual teaching environments. These new virtual resources are designed to supplement the print Units of Study (they are not stand-alone resources) and include student-facing minilesson videos recorded by TCRWP staff developers, along with additional videos to support teachers and families. PLEASE READ IMPORTANT DETAILS UNDER THE ORDERING GUIDANCE HEADING BELOW BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER.

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About the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

To support Units of Study teachers with blended or virtual teaching, Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) colleagues have developed resources to be used with the print Units of Study in reading, writing, and phonics. The UOS Virtual Teaching Resources allow teachers’ time to be reserved for the more intensive parts of reading and writing workshops—assessment, conferring, small groups, feedback. Parent and caregiver videos provide additional support to kids when they aren’t with their teacher. 

About the Kindergarten Phonics Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

The Kindergarten phonics units were recorded with minimal adaptations. Making Friends with Letters is a unit centered in studying the names of kids in your classroom. In order for this to work in classrooms across the country, the staff developer created a “class” using beloved story book characters names. There are several components in each session—the minilesson, rug club time, extensions. Staff developer studied each unit closely and chose to record videos for the components that felt most important to the phonics development of your students and those that also worked well in video format. You might choose to do the other components live, repurpose them for conferring and small groups, or you may record them yourself. You should also know that dozens of videos have been included to help kids learn letters. For each letter of the alphabet, there is a video that teaches letter formation, a video to teach letter sound, and a video demonstrating how to make a mini-book for that letter. All of the learning letter videos are housed with the Making Friends with Letters unit and ordered in the sequence we recommend for teaching letters.

Units Included in the Kindergarten Phonics Virtual Teaching Resources

The Units of Study in Phonics Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade K subscription includes virtual teaching resources for the following units:

  • Making Friends with Letters (BOOK 1)
  • Word Scientists (BOOK 2)
  • Word-Part Power (BOOK 3)
  • Vowel Power (BOOK 4)
  • Playing with Phonics (BOOK 5)

Created Based on TCRWP’s 2020-21 Suggested Scope and Sequence

Each year the TCRWP publishes a recommended sequence of units for the year ahead. This year the TCRWP 2020-21 Suggested Scope and Sequence reflects an awareness of the interrupted schooling that we all experienced in Spring 2020. The Virtual Teaching Resources have been developed to support TCRWP’s 2020–21 Suggested Scope and Sequence. This sequence is designed to meet teachers and students where they are and help them to quickly gain momentum in supported ways as they navigate virtual and blended environments.

The 2020–21 Suggested Sequence sometimes calls for teachers to start the year with the last unit from the previous grade and sometimes includes new units which we also call Curricular Calendar units. Access to digital versions of both those types of units will be provided with the grade-level subscriptions. In addition, the 2020–21 sequence also calls for some of the units that are available for purchase outside the core Units of Study curriculum. For details on those recommended units, please see the details provided on the Order Form under the “Additional Required Resources (Print Books)” heading.

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