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My Cyberspace Academy Lesson 12: Copyright and Plagiarism - Carnegie Mellon University

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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from...more
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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from the Internet, and provides guidance on safe practices for searching and using information online. It includes learning objectives and materials for teachers to use with students.

tag(s): copyright (46), internet safety (113), plagiarism (34)

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In addition to the existing lesson plan, in small groups, have students use FreeComicMaker.com, reviewed here to create comics featuring heroes who respect copyright laws and villains who disregard them. This project encourages creativity and application of knowledge in a new context extending learning. Then, organize a virtual gallery walk for students to view each group's comics. Utilize a quiz program like Kahoot, reviewed here and use the information from the lesson to create a quiz that focuses on different aspects of copyright. Have students create their own Legal or Illegal trading card utilizing Trading Card Creator, reviewed here.
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Choose 2 Matter - Choose2Matter Inc.

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4 to 12
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Visit the Resource section to find four learning modules ranging...more
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Visit the Resource section to find four learning modules ranging from one hour to a full-day session. Each course description includes objectives, a timed agenda, and accompanying materials, including videos.
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tag(s): back to school (63), character education (75), differentiation (83), mentoring (6), professional development (394), social and emotional learning (83)

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Even if you don't plan on teaching any of the modules, use the included activities and videos to support SEL learning in your classroom. Extend student learning by having students upload a photo they have taken and add their voice with their manifesto using a tool such as Blabberize, reviewed here. Include an area on your LMS or class website for you and your students to share actions that contribute to helping themselves and others.

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AI for Education Resource Hub - Ai for Education

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K to 12
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Navigating and understanding artificial intelligence (AI) tools and resources is complex. AI for Education offers many resources to assist teachers in understanding how to use AI, developing...more
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Navigating and understanding artificial intelligence (AI) tools and resources is complex. AI for Education offers many resources to assist teachers in understanding how to use AI, developing policies, and correctly using AI in any classroom. The articles provided offer guidance for educators on developing effective prompts, creating student guides, and avoiding common mistakes when working with AI. Visit other links on the site to register for upcoming webinars, access an AI curriculum for students, and find downloadable classroom materials. This site also offers a robust library of chat prompts for teachers, students, and administrators. Learn more about the Prompt Library, reviewed here.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), parents (60), professional development (394)

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource for learning about and using AI tools and resources. Share the included AI policy considerations with administrators to use as a guide when developing district policies regarding the use of AI. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here or another curation tool to organize and share information about AI with peers. Along with professional development information, include ideas for curriculum integration, effective prompts, resources that offer AI, and suggestions for use. Share information from this site with parents and guardians to help them understand AI and how it might be used in the classroom to support learning.

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Summer Specials - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Keep students engaged in fun, enriching activities this summer with the diverse learning opportunities showcased in this collection. From resources focused on robotics and coding to...more
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Keep students engaged in fun, enriching activities this summer with the diverse learning opportunities showcased in this collection. From resources focused on robotics and coding to reading incentives at local libraries and restaurants, these summer programs strive to prevent learning loss while still feeling like a vacation. Find audiobooks, online courses, exercise programs, and more to round out the compilation of vetted resources. Easily share these ideas for summer academic and physical engagement with colleagues, families, and students.

tag(s): seasonal (18), summer (29)

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Find new tools, activities, and more to share with your students for use during the summer break! Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will be useful to your students.

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Everybody Has a Brain - Everybody Has a Brain

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EverybodyHasABrain.com is a comprehensive resource focused on mental health education and promoting brain health. The website, in a blog format, offers a wealth of information, including...more
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EverybodyHasABrain.com is a comprehensive resource focused on mental health education and promoting brain health. The website, in a blog format, offers a wealth of information, including articles, videos, and interactive tools, aimed at understanding mental illnesses, their prevention, and strategies for maintaining mental well-being. They believe that education and awareness are key to reducing stigma and empowering individuals to care for their mental health. The site can be searched by archive month, topic, or a general search.

tag(s): mental health (34)

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Use the site's articles and videos as a basis for lessons on mental health awareness. Topics could include understanding different mental illnesses, recognizing signs of mental health issues, and learning about the importance of mental well-being. Encourage students to create awareness campaigns or projects based on the information they learn from the site, aiming to reduce the stigma around mental health in the school community. They can use programs like Canva, reviewed here to create posters or Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to create video Public Service Announcements that can be shared during a school-wide assembly or news show to bring more mindfulness to the classroom. Utilize the site's resources on mindfulness and meditation for guided sessions in the classroom, helping students learn valuable skills for managing stress and anxiety.

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Literacy at Home: Digital Children's Reading Initiative - NC Dept of Public Instruction

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Literacy at Home is a curated digital resource of literacy activities for pre-K through 5th-grade students that also includes a collection of resources for online libraries. This site...more
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Literacy at Home is a curated digital resource of literacy activities for pre-K through 5th-grade students that also includes a collection of resources for online libraries. This site is organized by grade level; begin by selecting the link for any grade level offered, then choose a skill to be developed. Skills offered include phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and oral language. Each section includes a short description and example of the skill, practice activities, and links to online activities that support learning the chosen skill. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): fluency (24), literacy (109), phonics (50), preK (257), reading comprehension (143), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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This site is a must-add to any elementary teacher's toolbox. Use this resource to find resources and information on reading skills at all elementary levels, then use the information to differentiate and enhance reading instruction. For below-level readers, find information and resources to remediate reading skills, and for advanced readers, use this site to find activities that promote further reading growth. Share information from this site with parents to use as a guide to understanding reading skills by grade level and find resources supporting their students. Include this information in your class newsletter or on your class website. Curate and share resources with parents using Symbaloo, reviewed here to make all information accessible in one location.

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10 AI Terms Everyone Should Know - Susanna Ray

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K to 12
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)?...more
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What is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how is it related to machine learning? How does generative AI leverage the power of large language learning (and what is large language learning?)? Find the answers to these questions and more with this informative article that breaks down some of the common buzzwords used to gain an understanding of AI and its impact on society. Each of the ten terms is explained in everyday language including short explanations and examples of the content discussed.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (106), Microsoft (83)

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Use this article to develop your understanding of AI and related terms. Share the information with your peers as part of your professional development activities as you learn about AI tools, discuss guidelines for the use of AI by you and your students, and support your discussions of AI use with parents. Consider sharing this article on your class website to help parents learn about AI. As a school, dig deeper into developing an understanding of AI by choosing to explore one term in-depth each month. For example, begin with term number one, artificial intelligence, and start a conversation with what you, your peers, parents, or students know about AI. Use a word cloud creation tool like Answer Garden, reviewed here as an easy way to collect responses anonymously while still viewing responses in this visual format. Use the embed code to include your Answer Garden poll on your class website if desired. Use that information to guide your activities toward the discussion focus for the following month.

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Cyber Academy - Trend Micro

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Cyber Academy offers several lessons in internet safety for kids aged seven to ten through short video episodes and accompanying tasks. Lesson topics include passwords, safety settings,...more
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Cyber Academy offers several lessons in internet safety for kids aged seven to ten through short video episodes and accompanying tasks. Lesson topics include passwords, safety settings, misinformation, and others. Each lesson begins with a short (approximately three-minute) animated video followed by a conversation guide with discussion questions. In addition, a Kahoot quiz, reviewed here, offers an additional opportunity to reinforce the information shared in the lesson. Finally, a printable homework activity is available for students to review the lesson through activities such as crossword puzzles and word searches. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (90), internet safety (113)

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Include these lessons as part of your internet safety activities by adding them as a computer center activity or a flipped or blended learning activity. Consider adding a new lesson weekly or monthly as part of your year-long discussions on becoming a safe digital citizen. Enhance the video information using an interactive tool such as Timelinely, reviewed here, to add comments, insert supporting media, or links to additional information. Ask students to create short videos sharing their learning, then add them to a class book made with Book Creator, reviewed here. As you complete each lesson, add new videos to create a reference book that includes all the material learned.
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What Do Snowmen Do In Summer? - TeachersFirst

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What Do Snowmen Do In Summer? - is one of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that...more
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What Do Snowmen Do In Summer? - is one of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating literacy with technology. The Introduction and Background Knowledge discuss how important it is, yet how hard it is, to keep children engaged in literacy once summer vacation arrives and the weather gets nice. The Activities suggest how to get books into kid's hands with links and ideas for where to find them. Some exciting ideas for activities are offered, such as Camp Book-it, Chuck E Cheese Reward Calendar, and a few others. The last section of the article suggests Extension activities you may not have thought about regarding summer literacy. Ideas found on this resource include correlation to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): commoncore (75), literacy (109), summer (29)

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Browse through the suggested activities found in this article. Then, create a Wakelet, reviewed here, page of books and ideas, and post it on your teacher or school webpage. If the school library is open during the summer, ask them to post your Wakelet page, too. Wakelet gives you the ability to have a cover image and background for your wakes, which makes them much more engaging and easily identifiable, especially for young or visual students!

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Back-to-School Resources - Best Colleges

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Best Colleges shares many resources for high school students considering moving forward after graduation. Choose from student stories sharing tips for transitioning to college life,...more
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Best Colleges shares many resources for high school students considering moving forward after graduation. Choose from student stories sharing tips for transitioning to college life, take a quiz to see if you are ready for college, or learn about College 101: The Basics. Many additional sections feature packing tips and information about student life at college.
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tag(s): careers (139), college (46)

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Share this site or specific resources from the site with students and parents as a tool for preparing to transition to college. School counselors might consider featuring an article a week from this site to share with students in a newsletter or the school paper. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to share information easily. Use Wakelet to create collections that include links such as those found on Best Colleges, along with links to testing information, specific college sites, and career resources.

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FreeFunder - John Symonds

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FreeFunder offers a free fundraising platform for personal causes. Begin by visiting the Create tab to create an account. Then, add images and a compelling description of your needs,...more
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FreeFunder offers a free fundraising platform for personal causes. Begin by visiting the Create tab to create an account. Then, add images and a compelling description of your needs, and use FreeFunder's tools to personalize the look of your page. When ready to share, use the many options available to share your fundraiser on social media. Secure payments are received directly through Stripe. Stripe charges a fee of 2.9% and $.30 per transaction.

tag(s): grants (16)

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Use FreeFunder to set up fundraisers for community or school family members who need financial support. Additional ideas include fundraisers for school equipment, class trips, and after-school or summer programs. Browse through the Discover link on FreeFunder to find ideas already supported on the site.

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Givebutter - Ari Krasner, Max Friedman, and Liran Cohen

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Givebutter is a free fundraising platform offering several tools to increase support and donations. Choose from three options provided by Givebutter for use in fundraising campaigns....more
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Givebutter is a free fundraising platform offering several tools to increase support and donations. Choose from three options provided by Givebutter for use in fundraising campaigns. Raise is the fundraising portion of the site; use this area to share your fundraising needs with forms, campaigns, and events. Raise also offers opportunities for social engagement through live streaming and virtual events. Track is where users manage donations, contacts, and view donor timelines. Boost awareness and interest in fundraising needs using Engage. Use Engage to send customized messages to donor groups, including images, videos, and text. Givebutter offers payment options through Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and PayPal.

tag(s): grants (16)

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Use Givebutter for any classroom or school fundraising needs to make it easier for parents and community members to support students. Use Raise to share your classroom wishlist by sharing videos and stories of how funds will engage learning in your classroom. Share Givebutter with your school's parent/teacher organization for more extensive fundraising needs, such as new equipment for your school or playground. Accept online donations and recurring donations as a way to meet the needs of community members.

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Kid Activities - Barbara Shelby

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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 (63), holidays (163), preK (257)

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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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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 (24), literacy (109), phonics (50), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), science of reading (33), sight words (22), vocabulary (236), 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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K to 12
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using Ladder of Reading & Writing. The PDF document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness...more
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using Ladder of Reading & Writing. The PDF document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness of structured literacy's multiple components. Scroll down to the midway point of the page to download a Synopsis and an update for changes; here you will also fine The Ladder of Reading & Writng: Terms defined. Under resources find topics about Dyslexia, ADHD, Giftedness, and others. The author of this site is publishing a book further explaining the Ladder of Reading and Writing, however, this review is only for the free parts of this site.

tag(s): literacy (109), professional development (394), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), writing (316)

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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 (24), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), science of reading (33)

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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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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 (50), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236), 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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K to 12
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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 (109), parents (60), phonics (50), preK (257), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), writing (316)

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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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Why Phonological Awareness is Important to Reading - Glean Education

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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher....more
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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher. The discussion focuses on phonological awareness and methods for explicit phonological awareness instruction. Listen to this podcast online, download it to your device, or read and print the available transcript.

tag(s): literacy (109), phonics (50), preK (257), professional development (394), science of reading (33)

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Include this podcast with your other bookmarks and professional development resources for literacy instruction. Share with peers during professional development activities. Use information from this podcast and others to share the research behind literacy instruction methods with parents. Consider adding a short section to your class newsletter or website each month that includes information about literacy research and tips for at-home activities to encourage the practice of literacy skills at home. Find many free books, games, and activities to share with parents at We Read, reviewed here.
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How Our Brains Learn to Read - EAB District Leadership Forum

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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used...more
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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used in reading and the role each plays. For example, find the visual cortex to view the location in the brain and understand its role in orthographic processing (the ability to recognize and remember written words and parts of words visually). This document is shared as a PDF file and is ready to print and use for many different purposes.

tag(s): brain (55), literacy (109), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33)

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Save this document as a resource for sharing information on reading and literacy with parents. Consider adding this printable and additional PDF documents to create a digital book using PDF to Flipbook Convereter, reviewed here. Include basic information on different literacy elements and suggestions for at-home activities for parents in your digital book.
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