Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fitting the Daily 5 into Comprehensive Literacy - How to Amalgamate?

Recently I was asked the question "How do I use the new LPEY resources from Cenovus if I'm currently following the Daily 5 in my literacy blocks?"  This is a great question that I will tackle in this week's blog post. If you would like a more personalized answer, please contact me and I'd be happy to come assist you in your classroom context.

First, let's define both items so that we can clarify them before sorting out how they can work together. The Daily 5 by Boushey and Moser is a framework for structuring literacy time based on a set of five student activities  fostering student's independence and love of reading while allowing the teacher the time to confer with small groups on reading strategy goals or to confer with individual students.

The Literacy Place for the Early Years (LPEY) resources are comprehensive literacy or balanced literacy resources which are based on the gradual release of responsibility model (teacher does -- with gradually less support until-----> student does) for literacy instruction and include resources for each of the four areas of literacy including Reading, Writing, Word Work and Oral Language.

Now how do you begin to add in the LPEY resources without throwing out the proverbial Daily 5 'baby' with the bathwater?
  • The Daily 5 can be substituted for the Literacy Centers part of the LPEY timetable for daily literacy instruction. See the section labeled "Scheduling" under the Classroom Set-Up and Organization subtitle in the blue K-3 Planning Guide book in your teacher guides folder.

  • As indicated in the Prezi above, the Daily 5 is a time where your students are working independently which allows you, the teacher, time to work with a small group (guided reading) or individuals (conferencing).

  • Now check out this archived teaching tip written by Mrs. Sue Jackson, Scholastic's National Literacy consultant where she explains exactly which parts of the LPEY resources fit with each part of the Daily 5.

  • There are some wonderful parts of the Daily 5 that can be incorporated into a comprehensive literacy program (one teacher loves the Daily 5 penseive to keep track of small group shared and guided reading strategies she uses with her students) so feel free to blend the parts you like in Daily 5 into the comprehensive LPEY resources which cover all outcomes in the AB curriculum.

I hope this helps to clarify the Daily 5 versus LPEY issue but if you'd like further assistance, please contact me.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Family Literacy Night - Save the Date - Thursday, May 7th, 2015

This week has zoomed by at a dizzying speed, but I had the opportunity to work with a number of teachers this week and saw some amazing things going on in Grasslands Public Schools.

Two things I would like to draw your attention to this week:

  1. Grasslands Family Literacy Night - Save the date- Thursday, May 7th 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  2. eWorkshop - A wonderful resource for 'how to' literacy videos for Grades KG - Gr. 6. 
I will be posting more next week, but I wanted to leave you with something tangible as food for thought with this post.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Small-Group Shared Reading vs. Guided Reading

This post is the first in a series over the next few weeks that will explore the common approaches to reading instruction including Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Small-Group Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading.  By no means is the order of these posts going to follow the most logical of sequences that you may follow in your classroom, however eventually all areas will be covered.

This week's post is focused on the group work aspect of reading because in today's version of public education, we the teachers are faced with an ever-expanding diversity of learners who all need to become successful readers. One of the ways to keep our sanity is to delve deeper into the small group teaching approaches to literacy instruction.

Are you ready? If so click to follow this link to a slide show presentation that was presented to teachers at Griffin Park school this week.

Enjoy your warm-weather weekend!


Friday, January 9, 2015

The 10 and The 10 DS Literacy Resources

2015 Is Going To Be A Great Year- Happy New Year!

Another shipment of Cenovus sponsored literacy resources arrived over the holidays and I finished sorting them out into piles for distribution to the schools on Monday. These 1700 books are made up of a selection of 17 titles from the two series called "The 10" (Grade 4-8) and "The 10 Discovery Series" (Grade 6-10) which are cross curricular in nature. Each title has 6 copies of the book so that small group work can take place either in a guided reading type of format or a shared reading type of format. Please check with your administrators, as to the location of these resources within your schools, as all ten schools in the district received this resource.

    The 10 Discovery Series
  • Packed full of interesting facts and glossy, engaging photos
  • Fosters collaboration and ownership of ideas and opinions
  • Content and visual appeal for grades 4–8, but all books are written at a grade 4 level
Grades 4–6
Grades 7–8 Struggling Readers!
More information on THE 10 DISCOVERY SERIES

The 10 logoLes 10
Non-fiction Books for Engaging Students in
Critical Literacy and Inquiry-Based Learning
in English (The 10) and French (Les 10)
Grades 6–10Grades 6–10
Grades 6-10 Spreads
    The 10/Les 10 offers a rich learning environment with high-interest content

  • Critical questions encourage students to think and read for meaning
  • Topics are current and cutting-edge
  • Fosters collaboration and ownership of ideas and opinions
  • The glossy magazine format is highly appealing
  • Strengthens research skills and understanding of non-fiction text types
  • Accessible to the whole class—all books are written at a grade 6 level, but with content and visual appeal for all students
French Grades 6-10 spreads

These books are high interest, lower reading level books that can capture many students' imaginations regardless of age, while assisting teachers in covering curriculum outcomes in many content areas.

If you would like assistance in planning for instruction using these resources, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a lovely weekend!