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A is for Apple: Building Letter-Recognition Fluency

Students apply and build their knowledge of letters and letter sounds as they play games and interact with letters online, creating their own ABC book as a final activity.

 

Student Interactives

 

Timeline

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

 

Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School

Students write descriptions of 100th day bottles they create at home, write clues about their bottles for a guessing game, practice descriptive writing, and create a class book.

 

 

Acrostic Poems

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 
 

 

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"

Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Shared Reading Opportunities for Direct Literacy Instruction

Shared Reading Opportunities for Direct Literacy Instruction

Shared reading affords teachers the opportunity to teach reading strategies in larger groups. The shared text and teacher support offer unique opportunities for instruction.

 

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

The media remains a dominant force in the lives of today's students, yet the 21st century classroom still gives media a backseat to print. NCTE consultant Frank W. Baker examines standards that include media and offers recommendations for engaging students with popular culture and the media.

 

 

Community Stories  

Debora Wood

Engaging Studentsí Curiosity With New Technologies

Debora Wood | Teacher | Weaverville, NC

While teaching reluctant writers as a Title I reading teacher, I discovered the lesson "Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images." In this lesson, students create a Microsoft Photo Story book using the Curious George character that so many children love