Building strong literacy and language skills is so important. They are what forms the basis for learning in all subjects. With effective instruction and literacy development in early childhood education classrooms, teachers and educators can have a substantial impact on these skills.
With many schools and districts focused on increasing literacy skills right now, we turned to our friends at Steps To Literacy to help us gather the best support tools to help you. Steps to Literacy specializes in curating customized classroom libraries based on reading levels, genres, topics and specific students’ needs. The expertise they have developed from providing thousands of teachers with literacy solutions has led them to develop some exclusive support materials for the classroom. Back in July, S&S brought on a handful of our favorites. We are excited to take a closer look at them below and share with you how you can use them in your classroom.
Designed as a desktop reference for students, these Desktop Word Walls come in four different formats to match students’ developmental levels: Emergent, Upper Emergent, Fluent, and Fluent Plus.
In order to develop strong literacy skills, students must familiarize themselves with high-frequency words. High-frequency words are the most commonly used words in printed text. Students must memorize these words to read quickly and fluently. Each Desktop Word Wall contains 110-230 high-frequency linking and reference words, and depending on the level format, includes numerals, shapes, colors, directional cues, days of the week, months, homophones, contractions and plurals.
Why do we love them so much? These Word Walls come in a pack of 30 and are less than 50 cents per student!
The purpose of reading is to comprehend the story or subject matter of a text, but students require practice to form the building blocks of this essential skill. These Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Journals are the perfect complement to your classroom literacy block. Using these journals, students are tasked to identify and extract main ideas presented within the text, evaluate the text’s content, and make comparisons within and between texts.
The Fiction Reading Journal features title, author and genre identification, setting and summary prompts, relational and critical thinking connections, as well as a main character graphic organizer. Each spread also encourages vocabulary reinforcement with a “new or interesting word” prompt.
The Nonfiction Reading Journal also features title, author and genre identification, as well as prompts to stimulate prior knowledge and inquisitive thinking, source investigation, and identification of text features like charts, glossaries, maps and more.
Why do we love these so much? Bonus Feature: The Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Journals feature a book log on the back cover!
Phonemic awareness is essential in teaching young learners to read and write. There are plenty of alphabet charts available on the market but this Alphabet Teaching Chart, as well as the matching Student Cards, features crisp and clear photos that can be easily recognized by your students.
The brightly-colored chart and cards can be used for daily alphabet or phonemic awareness study. The Student Cards are also great for small group instruction, and they are printed on coated card stock for extra durability. Purchase a few sets and send them home with your students for additional practice!
Why do we love these so much? You can purchase a few additional sets of the matching student cards and send them home with students for additional practice!
What other tools and materials are you using in your classroom literacy block?
Author: Andrea Lorenzo from Steps To Literacy