Today, while on a flight to Florida en route to give a FreeReading presentation, I spent some time going through emails and resources I bookmarked over the last few months. While doing so, I came across an email from my friend Cynthia recommending that I look at Steck-Vaughn’s Professional Development Resources. Once I arrived at my hotel this evening, I took a look at the site and was quite impressed by the number of free and high quality research articles and classroom resources in the areas of phonics/phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.
For example, take a look at:
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Readers Theater, found in the fluency section of the site)
- The story map chart (found in the comprehension resources)
- The Frayer Model worksheet (found in the vocabulary section of the site)
- The Amazing Alliteration worksheet (found in the phonological awareness resources)
This is definitely a resource to bookmark for use during summer school or next fall!
Signing off from Ft. Lauderdale, FL!
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Today EdWeek posted the following article:
Florida Approves Free, Web-Based Program for Struggling Readers.
As a member of the FreeReading.net team, this is very exciting news! For Literacy is Priceless Readers that want to learn more about FreeReading.net, click here.
At FreeReading.net, educators everywhere can access a free, high-quality, sequential, research-based reading intervention program for grades K-1. Open source and Web 2.0 technology enable educators to adapt FreeReading content to their needs, add their own lessons within the 40 week scope and sequence and participate in discussions about early literacy and best practices in the classroom. -Anna
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USA Today just published a great article by Greg Toppo about Free-Reading (a site that provides free K-1 literacy curricula as well as opportunities for teachers to share lessons and ideas regarding early literacy).
As a contributor to and fan of the site, I just have to share the link: Free online materials could save schools billions
Since this is my second official post, I suppose I should introduce myself as well!
My name is Anna and I work at Wireless Generation, a New York-based education technology company that focuses on developing early literacy and math instructional tools and curricula. As a developer of early literacy products, I spend a lot of time in K-3 classrooms across the United States observing teachers working with budding readers. I then take ideas and feedback from teachers back to my office where I work with a team of developers to create useful products that help teachers teach young children how to read. Before becoming a product developer, I taught early literacy classes to children and English conversation classes to adults in Osaka, Japan.
I would like to share with you a web site that is near and dear to my heart, as I have been working on it for the past year with my colleagues, as well as with many teachers across the States, but particularly in New York…
www.Free-Reading.net is a free online early literacy program that helps educators teach early literacy skills—in particular phonics and phonological awareness. The activities and sequences can be used to support a typical core or basal program or as part of word study time for teachers using a balanced literacy curricula. In addition, the site provides an opportunity for teachers to share their great ideas and activities.
Here are a few links on the site that I think literacy teachers will find particularly useful:
I hope you enjoy the site!
Published September 27, 2007
Tags: comprehension, first grade, fluency, kindergarten, literacy, phonics, phonological awareness, second grade, teaching resources, third grade, vocabulary
Welcome to our blog! As frugal and creative K-3 reading enthusiasts we are always sharing fun and free reading resources on the web with each other. This blog is our attempt to share useful ideas, activities and downloads with K-3 reading teachers across the globe.
We hope you find our blog posts useful and we welcome you to post your teaching stories and great-teaching-finds-on-the-web as well!
Anna and Melissa