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Kid Activities - Barbara Shelby

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K to 6
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Kid Activities is a treasure trove of ideas to engage and entertain elementary-age students. View the website content by selecting from several categories: game ideas, theme and lesson...more
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Kid Activities is a treasure trove of ideas to engage and entertain elementary-age students. View the website content by selecting from several categories: game ideas, theme and lesson planning, holiday activities, jokes and riddles, music & song ideas, and food. Additional ways to find content are to view the most recent posts or scroll through the page to find popular content. Each activity includes specific directions for materials required and setup needed. Many also have pictures that share finished projects.
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tag(s): back to school (64), holidays (127), preK (246)

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Bookmark and save this site to find many ideas and activities for your classroom. Then, share this site with parents when planning classroom parties or field days. Many parents enjoy receiving ideas for things to do at home with students; include a link to the Kid Activities website in your newsletter or share an activity each week or month. Consider creating a webmix with Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share with parents that includes a variety of at-home activities for parents.

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Downdetector - Ookla, LLC

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K to 12
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Nothing is much worse than trying to access a website without success and not knowing if the problem is on your end or with the site. Downdetector provides real-time monitoring ...more
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Nothing is much worse than trying to access a website without success and not knowing if the problem is on your end or with the site. Downdetector provides real-time monitoring of major companies and services. Scroll down the site to find links to major services, including Twitter, YouTube, Google, and others, to find the status based upon crowd-sourced information. Although Downdetector does not provide information for all websites, it is a valuable tool for finding the status of the primary services and companies monitored.

tag(s): computers (97)

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Save Downdetector to your bookmarks to use as needed when you or your students are unable to connect to tools used in the classroom. Share with students to use to check service availability before notifying your or your technical team.

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Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing - Reading Rockets

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K to 3
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Are you looking for professional development or wondering how to teach reading better? At Reading 101 by Reading Rockets, you will find both. Extend your knowledge of how students learn...more
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Are you looking for professional development or wondering how to teach reading better? At Reading 101 by Reading Rockets, you will find both. Extend your knowledge of how students learn to read and how best to teach them. Start on the left menu with the introduction, and then work at your own pace through the nine-course modules, which include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and assessment. You will also find video clips, assignments & quizzes (for you), classroom strategies, and additional resources. All of these are designed to help you become the best literacy teacher you can be. You can also get a letter of completion for your administrator and goals. There is no log-in for this program, so be sure to save your work if you are using this as the year's goal for professional development.

tag(s): fluency (22), literacy (97), phonics (48), preK (246), professional development (314), reading strategies (72), Research (65), science of reading (20), writing (299)

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Bookmark this site to share with administrators and your peers. There are many good resources this program offers for you to share, too. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources with peers. Include videos, articles, and other relevant information in your Wakelet collection. I'm sure you've heard the saying, all teachers are teachers of reading. Although this program is for K-3 teachers, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels and all subjects. This site is a must-have for use when learning about or implementing Science of Reading instructional practices.

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WeTeachNYC Search Library - New York City Dept of Education

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K to 12
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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New...more
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Find high-quality resources curated by educators in all content areas and grade levels shared by WeTeachNYC. Although only registration and saving of resources are available to New York City Department of Education employees and partners, most materials are open to all site users. Use the search feature to find and filter content by subject, grade level, and resource type. Resources include lessons, classroom strategies, templates, and much more. All links that lead to offsite material are vetted for quality and alignment to standards.

tag(s): newbies (14), OER (43), preK (246), professional development (314), resources (85), substitutes (16)

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Add this extensive search library to your current toolbox of resources for classroom and professional use. Search for ideas when planning upcoming units and lessons and provide differentiated instruction to meet your students' learning needs. Use a learning management system such as Eduflow, reviewed here, or Classkick, reviewed here, to easily create and share personalized instruction that includes resources found on this site along with your current lessons and materials.
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SlidesMania - Paula Martinez

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K to 12
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Do you use slides? If so, SlidesMania is a must-add to your digital toolbox! SlidesMania offers hundreds of slide templates for both PowerPoint and Google Slides, and most are created...more
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Do you use slides? If so, SlidesMania is a must-add to your digital toolbox! SlidesMania offers hundreds of slide templates for both PowerPoint and Google Slides, and most are created specifically for educators. Scroll through or search the site to find templates with exciting themes, game templates, choice boards, and more. Some offerings include directions on changing colors to personalize slides to fit individual needs. To use a presentation, find the link for Google Slides or Powerpoint and follow the links to download or use the template and save.
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tag(s): presentations (8), slides (41)

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Bookmark and save SlidesMania for use with slides throughout the school year. Use to engage students using the themes and exciting formats. Create flashcards for students to practice spelling or vocabulary. Create personalized certificates to reward student success or customize templates that feature interactive lessons. Share this site with students to use when creating presentations. Include student presentations in portfolios created with Seesaw, reviewed here, to share with parents during conferences.

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Open Textbook Library - Univ. of Minnesota's College of Education & Human Development

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6 to 12
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The Open Textbook Library provides access to over 1,000 textbooks to download, edit, and distribute at no cost. View the newest additions or use the browse feature to find textbooks...more
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The Open Textbook Library provides access to over 1,000 textbooks to download, edit, and distribute at no cost. View the newest additions or use the browse feature to find textbooks by subject. After selecting a book, read a summary, including the copyright date, author(s), and licensing information. Then, to access any text, select the "Read More" link that provides additional information and links to the available formats. Formats available include PDF, ebook, and online availability.

tag(s): differentiation (70), OER (43), professional development (314), remote learning (59)

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Bookmark and save this website as a resource for finding supplemental materials for your classroom and professional development information for personal use. For example, if you teach algebra, use the search feature to find introductory and prealgebra textbooks to reinforce concepts to students differently than your current teaching materials. For students who need enrichment material, take advantage of algebra 2 books to provide differentiated instruction to meet their learning needs. This resource would be ideal to use in a remote learning situation. Consider curating this site along with other open education resources (OER) using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a collection in Wakelet of your OER resources and share it with colleagues as a professional resource.
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Overcoming Obstacles K-12 Curriculum - Community for Education Foundation, Inc.

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K to 12
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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting...more
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Overcoming Obstacles free curriculum shares hundreds of lessons based upon a foundation of thirty life skills. Skills include effective communication, making informed decisions, setting goals, respecting one another, and more. Find content organized into four grade bands, beginning with kindergarten through second grade and finishing with high school. Each printable lesson starts with a plan that includes goals, objectives, and a materials list. In addition to specific lesson instructions, each activity includes additional extensions to practice and reinforce skills taught. All information is available without registration; however, registering on the site allows you to customize lessons before downloading and saving. In addition, student activity sheets are available for download in 25 languages.

tag(s): communication (135), conflict resolution (9), OER (43), problem solving (219), social and emotional learning (70)

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Use the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum as a stand-alone life-skills curriculum or as a supplement to your current teaching materials. If you cannot take advantage of the complete curriculum, use the site's library to find lessons and activities on specific topics to address in your classroom as needed. For example, if peer pressure is a concern, select that activity to include in classroom lessons. Many of the activities include role-playing, extend these activities by creating student-led podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Create podcasts with different scenarios for students to role-play appropriate and inappropriate responses, including suggestions for making informed decisions.
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Merlot - California State University Long Beach

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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning...more
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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning resources in all content areas and grade levels. Search information on the site in several ways, such as using a keyword or searching by ISBN, materials, or members. Use the dropdown box labeled "Browse" at the top of the page to conduct a more focused search by grade level, content, type of material, and mobile platform. All available content includes clickable peer reviews and user ratings with an overview of the material, recommended uses, and target student population. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to bookmark and save topics. In addition, registration offers access to Merlot's Content Builder (website maker) and a Course ePortfolio.

tag(s): OER (43), preK (246), professional development (314)

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Bookmark and save Merlot to use for professional development and planning purposes. Create an account to save and access bookmarks at any time throughout the year. Due to the size of this site, consider including it as part of your professional development activities with grade-level or department peers to explore by sections. For example, during one session, examine options of assessment tools, and explore the included collections about your course content at another meeting. Consider using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here, or Milanote, reviewed here, to collect and share saved resources.
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100 STEAM Projects for Educators - The Oakland Toy Lab

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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and...more
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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and tips for completion. Some even have video clips to help with the directions. Projects range in age level from lower elementary to high school. The contributor, The Oakland Toy Lab, designed everything with accessibility in mind. Each project can be created with widely available and relatively low-cost materials. In addition, teachers can create a free account to download printable PDFs of step-by-step directions of each activity. Be aware that this collection is posted as a part of a larger website of community-contributed content, so some Instructables may not be appropriate for a school environment.

tag(s): crafts (48), makerspace (43), science fairs (21), STEM (228)

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Here, teachers can find one hundred unique, already tried and tested STEAM projects for their classrooms. Teachers can use them as written or as a starting point and modify them to fit their own needs. Perhaps creating a makerspace with several activities and supplies available to choose from would be an excellent station for early finishers in your room. This collection of 100 STEAM projects is a part of a larger website - instructibles.com, where you can learn to do just about anything in any subject area. Be sure to save this site and check back often as content is contributed by the community and is updated regularly, so you never know what you may find - you may even decide to contribute something of your own!

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Wordtune - AI21 Labs

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Wordtune is a fabulous Chrome extension and Microsoft Word add-on that takes your writing and provides options for rephrasing and clarifying the information to make it more concise...more
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Wordtune is a fabulous Chrome extension and Microsoft Word add-on that takes your writing and provides options for rephrasing and clarifying the information to make it more concise and engaging. The free plan offers up to twenty rewrites per day; each rewrite includes up to 280 characters. The Chrome extension works with Google Docs, Twitter, Outlook, Facebook, and other websites. After installing the extension, open any included site or document, highlight an area of text up to 280 characters, and select the Wordtune icon. Using AI technology, Wordtune generates a list of possible alternatives to your current writing. Select your preferred option to replace your work. See how it works on the Wordtune homepage before installing the extension.

tag(s): editing (84), grammar (137), proofreading (21), writing (299)

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Use this tool to enhance your writing and share it with students for their writing projects. Include Wordtune with writing lessons to explore different methods of stating information and techniques that make writing easier to read and more interesting to the reader. For example, take a random sentence from a piece of student writing and use Wordtune to analyze and offer options for stating the information differently. Ask students to explore and discuss the changes made, what changes made the sentence easier to understand, or find options that they don't find to be as clear as their original work.

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SchoolStack - Sarah Schwartz and Hal Schwartz

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SchoolStack is an instructional design system that provides tools for personalized learning options for students. After creating an account, the first step is designing or choosing...more
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SchoolStack is an instructional design system that provides tools for personalized learning options for students. After creating an account, the first step is designing or choosing lessons from SchoolStack's library. Lesson options include adding exit tickets or making tasks optional or required. Next, add assignments to a "stack," like creating a choice board of activities. Then, assign stacks to a whole class, groups, or individuals. Dashboards for students, teachers, and caregivers track students' progress throughout their lessons. Free accounts offer limited stack creation, limited access to the lesson library, and the ability to add one teacher collaborator.

tag(s): differentiation (70), remote learning (59), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Use SchoolStack to differentiate learning for different student needs and abilities by quickly modifying lesson activities to share with individual students or groups. Replace your current homework activities using SchoolStack to provide students with various options for completing learning activities. Offer activities that meet student interests and learning styles within each stack to encourage student interest and participation. When teaching blended learning or remote learning activities, use SchoolStack to share information with students and gather data and feedback from their participation in the lessons.

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Africa in the K-16 Classroom Online Resources - Boston University African Studies Center

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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources,...more
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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources, podcasts, teaching tips, and more. In addition, there is an extensive library for educators divided into grade-level categories. Each category includes resources for pedagogy, children's literature, lesson plans and activities, and additional classroom resources. Also, this website provides links to teaching about Africa divided into topics that include climate change, geography, literature and language, and others.

tag(s): africa (140), continents (30), countries (69)

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Add this excellent site to your other resources for teaching about the continent of Africa. Consider using a curation tool such as Milanote, reviewed here, to organize your ideas and projects into one location. Add links, notes, images, and more onto one Milanote vision board to make it easy to find and view your resources and ideas. As you implement and teach lessons found on the site, ask students to share their learning using multimedia presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, and Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here. Find culturally appropriate images for student use at Fresh Folk, reviewed here, and Unsplash, reviewed here.
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PDF Redactor - PDFRedactor.com

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K to 12
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PDF Redactor is a downloadable program for Windows that allows users to redact (black out) and remove content from PDF documents. Follow the link to download and install the application...more
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PDF Redactor is a downloadable program for Windows that allows users to redact (black out) and remove content from PDF documents. Follow the link to download and install the application on your device. Once installed, select open and choose the file to modify. Use the redact tool, then select and drag a box across the text or information to edit. Follow the same procedure using the delete tool to remove content from your document. Other options allow you to add text and images to the PDF and change the default color of redacted text boxes from black to a new color of your choice.

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Use the PDF Redactor to remove identifying information such as names, emails, or student id numbers from shared documents. For example, when sharing exemplars of work with students or during parent/teacher conferences, use the redactor to remove names from the work examples. If using Word documents, use a file conversion tool such as PDF Mixer, < a href="/single.cfm?id=19384">reviewed here, to convert the document to a PDF file to use with the PDF Redactor.
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HyperDocs Digital Lesson Plans - Teachers Give Teachers LLC

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HyperDocs is a free resource library for digital lesson plan templates for all subjects and grade levels available to use without registration. Most lessons use Google tools, including...more
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HyperDocs is a free resource library for digital lesson plan templates for all subjects and grade levels available to use without registration. Most lessons use Google tools, including Google Docs, reviewed here, Google Slides, reviewed here, and Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Begin your search by exploring the basic templates featured based on different lesson models, or use the keyword search bar to find specific topics. Next, filter down results by grade level, lesson subject, and focus area. Be sure to click the "apply filters" box after making your choices. Each hyperdoc includes a preview for viewing the document; choose the link to "make a copy" to copy and personalize as desired. Although registration isn't required to access and copy the hyperdocs provided on the site, creating an account offers you the opportunity to receive notification of the latest additions to the site.

tag(s): Google (37), professional development (314)

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Take advantage of the free resources found on this site to introduce HyperDocs into your classroom instruction or enhance your current use of hyperdocs. If you are new to using hyperdocs, watch this archived recording of OK2Ask: Believe the Hype! Using HyperDocs for Innovative Instruction, reviewed here, to learn about creating and using HyperDocs. Share this resource with your peers when collaborating on lessons and instructional activities. Use HyperDocs to differentiate instruction for the variety of student needs in your classroom or as a flipped learning activity.

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How to Make Sight Word Instruction and Reading Intervention More Effective - Glean Education and Dr. Katharine Pace Miles

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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later...more
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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later time. This article also features several key takeaways from the podcast discussion and links to additional resources mentioned during the podcast.

tag(s): fluency (22), literacy (97), phonics (48), professional development (314), reading comprehension (125), science of reading (20), sight words (22), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (89)

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Listen to this podcast to gain further understanding and ideas for enhancing your literacy instruction, including reading intervention strategies. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share additional resources. For example, create a collection that includes resources for teaching sight words, another for phonics instruction resources, etc. Use the collaboration feature to share ideas with your peers.

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Ladder of Reading & Writing - Nancy Young

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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides...more
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides an overview of the progression of structured literacy skills. The second linked document shares a primer on structured literacy terms more about structured literacy. The third document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness of structured literacy's multiple components. Print and use any documents found on this site; however, they may not be changed or modified.

tag(s): literacy (97), professional development (314), reading strategies (72), science of reading (20), writing (299)

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Use these documents for professional use to help understand the components of literacy. In addition, these items also provide excellent information to use with parents when discussing their student's literacy journey. For example, use the first document with the literacy ladder to provide perspective during parent/teacher conferences on students' progress toward becoming effortless readers. Finally, share with peers during professional development activities to develop an awareness of structured reading components and assess your current teaching strategies. Use a collaborative tool like Notejoy, reviewed here, to share ideas and plan lessons. Consider sharing literacy terms and strategies with parents on an ongoing basis through your school website or classroom newsletter. Include ideas for parents to incorporate at home to support reading skills.
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Scarborough's Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic - International Dyslexia Association

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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components...more
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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components required for reading fluency and comprehension by illustrating strands woven together to become a strong rope. The rope is broken into two pieces - comprehension and word recognition to demonstrate further the skills required to become successful readers.

tag(s): fluency (22), professional development (314), reading comprehension (125), science of reading (20)

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Bookmark this simple yet effective representation of required reading skills to keep as a reference when reflecting upon your reading curriculum and instructional strategies. Use the strands described in the infographic as a starting point for organizing and curating resources. Consider using a curation tool such as Weje, reviewed here, to gather links, articles, and lessons grouped by the different skills illustrated on the Reading Rope. Use the Reading Rope as a starting point for professional development activities as you and your peers discuss strategies and resources for teaching reading skills. Be sure to share this infographic with parents to help them understand the many components of skills required of successful readers.

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The Science of Reading Implementation Guide - EAB District Leadership Forum

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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and...more
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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and implement reading reform within districts. The handbook includes building districtwide expertise, cultivating principal advocates to lead reform, providing explicit instruction, and increasing opportunities for observation and feedback. Also included is a nine-part toolkit designed to aid educators in implementing the science of reading teaching practices.

tag(s): literacy (97), phonics (48), professional development (314), reading strategies (72), science of reading (20), writing (299)

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Include this guide and your other resources as you learn about the Science of Reading and researched-based reading instruction. Share with administrators and reading coaches in your district. Browse through the guides to find ideas that support and enhance your current curriculum and instruction strategies. Share suggestions found in the guide with parents for at-home support. Share ideas and future planning with peers using a collaborative tool such as Draft, reviewed here. For example, use one of the provided Roadmap templates to map out further professional development discussions or guide the planning and implementation of new teaching strategies during the school year.
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Science of Reading Handbook - Amplify Education, Inc.

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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly...more
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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly guide provides readers with background knowledge and educational applications using images, graphs, and relatable stories. Handbooks one and two are primers in reading research, while the third handbook focuses on making the shift to teaching in classrooms based upon the science of reading. In addition to the three printable directories, additional resources include links to articles, podcasts, and activities that support understanding how we learn to read.

tag(s): phonics (48), professional development (314), reading comprehension (125), reading strategies (72), science of reading (20), vocabulary (231), vocabulary development (89), word study (58)

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Download and save the handbooks shared on this site for professional development and understanding of the science of reading. Share with peers to use PD activities. Consider breaking the guides into smaller portions to begin your in-depth study of this topic and as you reflect upon your current teaching strategies. The third handbook that focuses on classroom instruction is beneficial for use as a reflective and ongoing learning opportunity. Add the questions to ask, found in the third handbook, to a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, then add teaching resources to your Wakelet collection. For example, one question is, "Are vocabulary words preselected and connected to the topic and text?' " Create a Wakelet collection that includes strategies for teaching how to understand vocabulary words within the context of the passage read. Include online tools such as Read Ahead, reviewed here. Read Ahead uses AI technology to create presentations of online text that present vocabulary lists of the text and provide definitions in context while students read.
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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (97), parents (61), phonics (48), preK (246), professional development (314), reading comprehension (125), reading strategies (72), science of reading (20), writing (299)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using Edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flip for this, reviewed here.
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