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From one of many great blog posts on this subject of Essential Early Read-Alouds, Esme lays out several precious texts and when across the course of the school year she would read them aloud. A quick way to be reminded of books you've forgotten or great ones you've missed.
Come here for access to thousands of read-along books for emergent and early readers. The site is called TarHeelReader and is actually designed for adolescent students just learning how to read. However, many of the books would be appropriate for younger students. The quality of the e-books is uneven, but you will have lots to choose from. The topics are numerous as well: plants to Native Americans to the alphabet. Overwhelmed by the variety? Click the box in the upper right hand corner of the initial book link to selectyour favorites. Children might be motivated to read and re-read with the help of the read-along voices, which also could be turned off.
Personalize your student's reading material and ask them to say the sounds as they write them, too, with this free handwriting worksheet website.
When beginning readers are taking their first tentative steps into the world of independent decoding, it can be difficult to find easily decodable books that are also attractive and make sense. A new small collection of readers by Miss Rhonda accomplishes all of these goals, fortunately. She has a Montessori background so these books present simple Pink and Blue level words, as the TRI Word Identifcation leveling system was inspired by the nearly hundred-year-old Montessori approach. Your children may enjoy the look and feel of these books as well as the success of reading them on their own. A sample book can be viewed online.
The most recent national consensus document on literacy focuses on early literacy research. Particular attention is given to which children's characteristics predict later literacy outcomes. Download the free executive summary or the entire report here or order a free hard copy.
In 2000, the National Reading Panel issued a widely-influential report on early reading development and instruction that formed the basis of the Reading First legislation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Ask for a free copy of the report.
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children is a seminal consensus document that you can purchase or read online that presents a comprehensive picture of how and why children learn to read, why they sometimes struggle, and what we can do about it.
Raz-Kids is a sister site to www.readinga-z.com. Online audio books at multiple levels that teachers and students can access for a yearly fee. The student management options makes it easy to achieve instructional match in each interaction. A great TRI Extension. A student can have the paper copy of the story, printed from www.readinga-z.com and then follow-along online to practice multiple re-readings.
Hundreds on downloadable books in numerous genres for a yearly fee can be found at Reading A-Z. Excellent searching allows teachers to select books of multiple levels on a particular topic--a perfect tool for increasing instructional match in each interaction.
After a brief, free online sign-up, you may download the Society for Quality Education's Stairway to Reading materials. The Reading Materials are organized by sound, and they may be particularly useful for working with children at the Green or Purple levels of Word Work. The games, bingo and crazy letters, may also be helpful TRI Extensions.
So you know you should be building your students' vocabulary knowledge, but you have a hard time fitting it in or finding relevant, easy-to-use words? Enter Exceptional Expressions for Everyday Events by influential reading researcher and author of QuickReads, Elfrieda Hiebert. Dr. Hiebert takes common words from young people's vocabulary, such as "listen" or "want" and springboards from them to less common, more complex synonyms of the terms, such as "pine" or "yearn.' She even provides a blank word web and a completed word web with different definitions, related idioms, cognates, and phrases. Students will find it easy, yet invigorating, to make connections from words they already know to words they almost know to words they want to know.