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Partner Reading | Reading Rockets Great way to foster a positive classroom community. Build collaboration between students in partner reading, as well as the skill of co-teaching by students providing productive feedback. Also great practice of respectful listening, patience and turn-taking.

Partner Reading | Reading Rockets Great way to foster a positive classroom community. Build collaboration between students in partner reading, as well as the skill of co-teaching by students providing productive feedback. Also great practice of respectful listening, patience and turn-taking.

Very flexible & motivating activity to promote oral lang. The mystery will keep students all engaged & talking! Here students use descriptive language in a group setting, practicing listening & speaking in an authentic & purposeful context. This teaches students that, “relating meaning and expression is the essence of both speaking and listening” (Lindfors, 1999, as qtd in http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/guess-what-language-based-124.html).

Literacy-laden show-and-tell - encourage children to use descriptive language while providing clues about their mystery object.

The Balanced Diet provides this 'recipe' - "Pound the Sound !" which can be used as both a means of instruction & assessment of student understanding of  blending phonemes. The action of 'pounding' is motivating for students, (also gesture works as a powerful memory device) and a fun chance to demonstrate their knowledge! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=W1ISjc9MvSY

The Balanced Diet provides this 'recipe' - "Pound the Sound !" which can be used as both a means of instruction & assessment of student understanding of blending phonemes. The action of 'pounding' is motivating for students, (also gesture works as a powerful memory device) and a fun chance to demonstrate their knowledge! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=W1ISjc9MvSY

This highly motivating and engaging activity will help strengthen student word study & spelling. Classrooms That Work tells us that when students know their spelling patterns this helps them to generate over 500 common words. The book provides the 37 high frequency spelling patterns: •	ack  ail  ain  ake ale ame  •	an  ank  ap  ash  at ate •	aw  ay  eat  ell  est  ice  •	ide ick  ight  ill  in  ine  •	ing  ink  ip  it  ock  oke •	op  ore  ot  uck  ug  ump  •	unk     (2016, p.67)

Popcorn words are a fun way for students to practice sight words. It can be done as a whole class or in small groups. These words can be used in various ways including matching games and scavenger hunts in the classroom.

Sharing Class Experience:  Use a shared whole class experience to model print concepts. Builds classroom community and literacy skill.

Sharing Class Experience: Use a shared whole class experience to model print concepts. Builds classroom community and literacy skill.

Food is always a motivator - whether it's real or not! Pair pizza with imaginative play- and you've got a hit literacy activity!

Supported Dramatic Play - Building Vocabulary and Oral Language in Kindergarten // Vocabulary + Oral Language & ELL // Motivation for Literacy + Knowledge Building

Classroom Mailbox - great way to get kids excited about writing! Send and receive letters from other classrooms, students, school community members. Wonderful way to explore concepts of print, stage authentic read alouds, practice/model writing conventions and promote positive school community!

Classroom Mailbox // Pre K - Grade 1 // Motivation for Literacy // Writing Processes & Strategies // Text Structures & Genres // Writing Conventions

An enticing word study game with a fun song to grab students to decode words! Model to students how many big words are merely sets of smaller words with prefixes & suffixes. Be sure to review strategies. "Good spellers do not memorize the spelling of every new word they come across. Rather, they notice the patterns in words and these patterns include prefixes, suffixes, and spelling changes that occur when these are added" (CTW, p.77).

Students should be encouraged to use a variety of word learning strategies when they encounter words they don't know in their reading. This anchor chart reminds students to look for prefixes and root words, for example.

Sight Word Wall: As Cunningham explains in Classrooms That Work, having students do a word wall is quite different from merely having one in the classroom. In order to become effective readers, “Students need to be exposed to high frequency words with the aid of a word wall, to become able to recognize, read effectively, and advance their fluency” (CTW, p.54).

Sight Word Wall: As Cunningham explains in Classrooms That Work, having students do a word wall is quite different from merely having one in the classroom. In order to become effective readers, “Students need to be exposed to high frequency words with the aid of a word wall, to become able to recognize, read effectively, and advance their fluency” (CTW, p.54).