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Reading Adventure Pack: Environment

Go on a "green" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: First grade)

Reading Adventure Pack: Folktales

Go on a "folktales" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: First grade)

Reading Adventure Pack: Time

Go on a "time-ly" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: First grade)

Reading Adventure Pack: Music

Go on a "musical" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: Kindergarten)

Reading Adventure Pack: Animals

Go on an "animal" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: Kindergarten)

Reading Adventure Pack: Food

Go on a "food" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
(Level: Kindergarten)

Writing Poetry with English Language Learners

This article discusses strategies for writing poetry with ELLs, presents an overview of poetry forms that can be used effectively in writing lessons, and suggests some ideas for ways to share student poetry.

Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners

This article offers some ideas on how to introduce poetry to ELLs and integrate it with reading instruction, as well as some ideas for reading poetry aloud in a way that will encourage oral language development.

Parent Tips: Helping Your Child with Test-Taking

As a parent, there are many ways you can support your child's academic success, which will in turn help your child with test-taking throughout the school year.

Testing: An Introduction for Parents

As a parent, there are many ways you can support your child's academic success, which will in turn help your child with test-taking throughout the school year. The following articles offer a number of suggestions of ways that you can help your child prepare for tests, and support your child's learning habits.

NELP Report: Developing Early Literacy

The National Early Literacy Panel looked at studies of early literacy and found that there are many things that parents and preschools can do to improve the literacy development of their young children and that different approaches influence the development of a different pattern of essential skills.

Reconocimiento a los Maestros: Ideas para actividades

How can you express appreciation for a teacher who has educated and inspired your child? Here the National PTA offers ideas, in Spanish, for parents, students, and schools to say a meaningful "thank you."

Teacher Appreciation Week Activity Ideas

How can you express appreciation for a teacher who has educated and inspired your child? Here the National PTA offers ideas for parents, students, and schools to say a meaningful "thank you."

How to Read with a Beginning Reader

Most beginning readers are inconsistent. Learn more about the characteristics of a beginning reader and simple techniques and tips to nurture your child's skills and joy in reading.

Using Multimedia to Support Reading Instruction

Using Embedded Agents to Support Learning

Supporting Reading in Social Studies

Rediscover Your Public Library

Libraries are great resources for families with young children; you can find books, entertainment, educational and cultural enrichment, literacy tips, and other valuable information. In this article, we've put together a list of the top 9 reasons to visit your public library.

The Role of the Volunteer Tutor

Tutors can play very important roles in the lives of the children they work with. Learn about these roles and the types of tutoring programs that are available to provide young readers with one-on-one support.

10 Great Ways to Celebrate National Library Week with Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled a list of program ideas to help librarians celebrate National Library Week with teens in their library.

Word Study Instruction in the K-2 Classroom

This article describes nine tips for implementing a word study program in the K-2 classroom. These tips are based on the results of four classroom-based qualitative research projects collaboratively conducted by a university professor and four primary grade teacher-researchers. The article suggests that through small-group word study instruction and hands-on word work activities, teachers can keep students motivated and engaged in learning about the English spelling system.

Best Practice for RTI: Small Group Instruction for Students Making Minimal Progress (Tier 3)

After reviewing the research, the What Works Clearninghouse recommends that in tier 3 of Response To Intervention, schools provide provide intensive instruction on a daily basis that promotes the development of the various components of reading proficiency to students who show minimal progress after reasonable time. It also provides some specific features that should be considered in carrying out this recommendation.

Best Practice for RTI: Monitor Progress of Tier 2 Students

After reviewing the research, the What Works Clearninghouse recommends that students in tier 2 of RTI be monitored at least monthly, and use this data to determine if and how primary grade students may need additional reading instructional support.

Best Practice for RTI: Intensive, Systematic Instruction for Some Students (Tier 2)

The What Works Clearninghouse reviewed the research available about using Response To Intervention to help primary grade students overcome reading struggles. WWC's recommendation for tier 2 of RTI is to provide intensive, systematic instruction on up to three foundational reading skills in small groups to students.

Best Practice for RTI: Differentiated Reading Instruction for All Students (Tier 1)

After reviewing the research, the What Works Clearninghouse recommends that in tier 1 of Response To Intervention, schools provide differentiated reading instruction for all students based on assessments of students current reading levels.

Year 2008 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children With LD

Parents of kids with a severe learning disability may be eligible for valuable tax benefits. Read this 2008 update from GreatSchools Inc. to see if you qualify.

Best Practice for RTI: Universal Screening

According to research, the Education Department's What Works Clearinghouse finds that the first step in using Response To Intervention to help early elementary-aged students learn to read is to screen all students and regularly monitor students who are at elevated risk of reading problems.

Checklist for Using RTI to Promote Reading Achievement

This is a checklist to help educators carry out the five recommendations made in the What Works Clearninghouse report Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades.

Developing Writing and Spelling at Home

Writing is a terrific way for children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is also a fundamental way in which children learn to organize ideas and helps them to be better readers. Here are some suggestions that engage your child in the writing process.

Math Instruction for English Language Learners

Language plays an important part in math instruction, particularly for ELLs. This article offers some strategies for making language an integral part of math instruction, and for ensuring that ELLs have the tools and language they need to master mathematical concepts, procedures, and skills.

5 Reasons Not to Use Round Robin Reading with ELLs

Talking to Children About LD

A psychologist specializing in language-based learning disabilities explains how to talk to children about their LD: All the parts you need to be smart are in your brain. Nothing is missing or broken. The difference between your brain and one that doesn't have an LD is that your brain gets "traffic jams" on certain highways.

Successful Transition to Kindergarten for Learners Who May Be at Risk for Learning Disabilities

Heading off to kindergarten is a big event for all kids and parents. For young children who have struggled socially or academically during preschool, it is a transition that needs careful planning and attention. Below are four suggestions for parents of children who may need extra help making a successful move to kindergarten.

Bridging My Two Worlds

Jill Lauren's That's Like Me! is a book about 15 students with disabilities who face challenges in school but express their creativity and talents through hobbies. In the foreword, excerpted here, children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney describes growing up with two personas: Jerry the gifted artist and Jerry the struggling reader.

The 6 Traits of Writing

How to 'Read' Your Child's Reading Scores

Teachers use a leveling system to determine your childs reading score. Learn about the three major leveling systems and how to understand the meaning behind the scores.

Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity

Learn how art helps students with disabilities, and find resources to include art in the content areas you teach.

Bilingual Education: The Failed Experiment?

Advocating for Your Preschool Child

It's never too early to start looking for ways to help your child succeed in learning. This article covers children who are under 2 and who are in preschool. They have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find out the first steps to take if you suspect your child has difficulty learning.

Getting Ready to Read: Family Activities

There are many activities that parents can share with their children at home in order to strengthen reading and language skills! These articles offer an overview of some of those activities, as well as specific ideas to use.

Developing Comprehension and Research Skills with the Newspaper

Introducing elementary-aged students to local and community news through the newspaper can help them strengthen comprehension and research skills. Community news keeps it relevant to the kids, enhancing motivation to discuss and learn more about what they are reading. Classroom activities are included in this article.

Reader's Theater: Oral Language Enrichment and Literacy Development for ELLs

ELLs can benefit from Reader's Theater activities in a number of ways, including fluency practice, comprehension, engaging in a story, and focusing on vocal and physical expression. Kristina Robertson offers a number of approaches to Reader's Theater with ELLs in this article.

Getting Ready to Read: Using Storytelling, Rhymes, and More!

From singing and rhyming to storytelling and acting, these activities will help children to develop a wide array of reading readiness skills.

Reading for Meaning with Your Child

Reading with comprehension means understanding what's been read. It takes practice, time, and patience to develop reading comprehension skills. Below is a before-during-after approach that families can use to help children learn to read for understanding.

Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) Q&A

What is Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) and how does it work? Find out more about CORI and how it helps children's comprehension and motivation through science inquiry.

Technology Supported Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Instruction for Students with Disabilities

This Info Brief provides an overview of technology-based academic supports and resources to help students with LD succeed in STEM-related K-12 courses to help prepare them for STEM studies in higher education and beyond.

Helping All Families Participate in School Life

Informed by the author's work as a researcher and as a Korean parent of a child in a U.S. public school, this article offers suggestions to guide educators in understanding and supporting the involvement of cultural and linguistic minority families in their children's schools.

Building Language and Scientific Literacy in Young Children

Young children are naturally curious. Early childhood educators and parents can build on children's questions, eagerness, and enthusiasm to help them learn science.

Working with Community Organizations to Support ELL Students

When building a support network for English language learners, community organizations can play a valuable role and offer resources that schools may not have at their disposal. This article offers some ideas on ways that schools can partner with community groups to support ELLs.

Getting the Most Out of Tutoring

Simple Practices to Nurture the Motivation to Read

Honoring books for self-selection, sharing the excitement of read-alouds, building a balanced book collection, making your passions public, and providing rewards that demonstrate the value of reading are just a few simple but transformative suggestions that can nurture the love of reading in your classroom.

Reading Motivation: What the Research Says

Researchers have identified a number of factors important to reading motivation including self-concept and value of reading, choice; time spent talking about books, types of text available, and the use of incentives.

Memory Tips for Students

This article presents eight helpful memory tips for students.

Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning for ELLs in the New Year

This Bright Ideas article recommends five specific and measurable actions teachers can implement to assist ELL learning in the upcoming year. All of the strategies have been featured on the Colorín Colorado website, and the Hotlinks section has links to helpful articles and websites for further support.

An American Family: Two Siblings Work to Fix a Broken System

After seeing how her brother's undiagnosed and untreated ADHD hurt his future, Karran Harper Royal has become an advocate for early diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Her experience has universal resonance, but African Americans are a group of particular concern for her because of the evidence of undertreatment in that community.


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