The Artful Read-Aloud is a user-friendly guide that builds a bridge between the artistic world and the classroom. Rebecca Bellingham draws on her experience as a performer, teaching artist, classroom teacher, and literacy coach to make explicit connections between the arts and reading aloud, providing dozens of easy moves teachers can make that can enhance, elevate, and deepen the impact of interactive read-alouds.
The grade-level Resource Packs (2 boxes per grade: Part 1 and Part 2) support the Units of Study in Phonics. Each resource pack contains a variety of full-color, illustrated, posters; charts; picture, photo, word, and letter cards; copies of poems and songs; assessment materials; and much more.
Second grade is a year of immense growth. Over the course of the year, second graders go from reading early chapter books like Fly Guy to longer, more complicated books like Magic Treehouse. It’s the year that most kids get hooked on a series, fall in love with characters, and follow them on all sorts of adventures. In writing, they start the year with four or five sentences per page and end the year with ten or twelve sentences filling up a multi-page booklet. Second-grade phonics is about closing the gap between what kids can read and what they can write conventionally.
What are young children learning as they engage with literacy instruction at school?
An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, Fourth Edition provides teachers and school systems with essential information about assessing young children’s progress in literacy learning. It has been updated to better address phonemic awareness. It also supports more accurate progress monitoring for the literacy learning of 5-to-7-year-olds.
Words That Sing is an illustrated collection of poems, songs, and rhymes that will fill children with language, ideas, and imagery, which will help them use and enjoy the oral and written word. Enlarged charts make it possible for children to “read” a much more complex text than they could independently, enabling each child—regardless of reading level—to benefit from the many values and goals that poetry brings to the classroom.
A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers will help you establish a routine for writing in your classroom and help your youngest students become writers.
The Children You Teach is a book of stories about students and teachers. But it is also a book about children’s development. Each chapter tells the true story of a child or teacher facing a dilemma. Weaving in research from psychological science, Susan Engel shows how to look at children through a developmental lens, which can change what happens in the classroom, and transform the craft of teaching.
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. The System is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud, reading minilessons, shared reading, phonics/spelling/word study lessons, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading collections.
The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Interactive Read-Aloud Collection is the foundation for literacy instruction, and is organized into 25 text sets that reflect a global perspective with a diversity of characters, settings, and topics. Each text set contains four to six high-quality picture books with engaging illustrations that represent a variety of authors and illustrators, topics, genres, themes, and text structures.
Although human beings don't experience the metamorphosis that characterizes the life of a caterpillar, the transformation that happens during kindergarten is no less astonishing. Many of your children start their year holding books upside down and backwards and making letters look like squiggles, and then end the year reading and writing for their own important purposes. Phonics instruction is at the center of this transformation.
First-grade phonics is all-important. In this one year, students are expected to make the growth that enables them to go from reading little books comprised of just a few pages to reading early chapter books. In writing, too, there are ambitious expectations—children are asked to go from writing a few lines on a couple of pages to writing books with chapters—filling up multiple lines on a page and organizing their writing into sections.
About the Unit
This engaging new book-length unit will transform your kindergartners into inventive spellers, giving them the tools and strategies they need to approximate the words that are most meaningful for them. The unit celebrates invented spellings as kids develop foundational skills, knowing that your front-and-center goal will be to persuade your kids that they can write, that they too can be members of the literacy club.