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Literacy-Rich Activities
Literacy-Rich Activities

In this excerpt, author Molly Ness explains the benefits to literacy-rich activities and includes some activities to try out with students.

 

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Listening and Speaking Activity
Listening and Speaking Activity

In this excerpt from Simply Stations: Listening and Speaking, author Debbie Diller guides teachers on how to transition from whole-group instruction to stations while addressing the Listening & Speaking standard “The student will listen activity & ask questions.” Practical examples and ideas for partner practice at stations are provided for primary grades (K-2) and intermediate grades (3-4). 

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Literacy-Rich Activites for At-Home Instruction
Literacy-Rich Activites for At-Home Instruction

Molly Ness, author of Every Minute Matters, has devised ways to make her literacy rich activities doable at home, so families, teachers, and kids can still have fun with literacy, even at a distance.

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Activity: Yesterday's News
Activity: Yesterday's News

Summarizing is a great way to know if a student is understandning the main point of the reading. In this activity from The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8, the student will write a news story to another student explaining the most important points to know from the text read the day before.

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Word Study That Sticks Activity: Yep! Maybe . . . Huh?
Word Study That Sticks Activity: Yep! Maybe . . . Huh?

There's no sense to learning to spell words we don't understand. This activity from Word Study That Sticks helps you review with your K-2 students the words they understand (or don't) for greater clarity. 

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Activities for Launching Small Groups
Activities for Launching Small Groups

Use these two activities from What Are You Grouping For? to quickly build a sense of community, establish shared values around collaborative work, and "break the ice" in newly-formed groups. 

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Create an Inspiration Wall to Uplift All Students
Create an Inspiration Wall to Uplift All Students

Much like the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats,” displaying students’ writing about reading gives all students the opportunity to learn from—and aspire to— the ways of thinking of peers. Check out this activity from What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8 to learn how to create an effective inspiration wall for your classroom.

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Text-Dependent Questions: The Sign Painter by Allen Say
Text-Dependent Questions: The Sign Painter by Allen Say

These text-dependent questions from Text-Dependent Questions, Grades K-5, help you get your students started on a deeper reading of Allen Say's The Sign Painter.
 

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Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?
Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?

This activity from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, primes and orients students through discussion of controversial concepts that they will explore in the unit. Students also practice complex processes like making claims, supporting reasoning with evidence, listening and mirroring, summarizing, and addressing opposing viewpoints and reservations to their own thinking.

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