Literacy Inspires Us @ CDS
A reference site to increase literacy RIGOR in our school
Get inspiration from the examples in this SMORE
Mayday! Mayday! A Coast Guard Rescue
Phoenix Children's Museum Field Trip! We were inspired to create a TOP 10 LIST!
We "tweeted" at the Children's Museum and they tweeted back!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Bulletin Board
This is your chance to show the evidence of learning in your classroom. Brag to your parents, visitors, students, and fellow colleagues. Show evidence of how you dissected the text- what were your students inspired to do?
On this board: We responded to the writing prompt, "The author tells us that Goldilocks was never heard from again. What do you think? Did Goldilocks have another adventure?" We displayed evidence of learned new academic vocabulary. We displayed photographs of the students in action.
We were inspired to re-create the story
Later, students acted out the story using props and invited other classes to come watch.
Our elementary staff is required to create a FREE account with access to hundreds of grade-level printable social studies text. This will enhance our Social Studies curriculum and allow us to practice our close reading skills. Remember to Annotate as you go through your multiple readings and collect evidence to share!
Kindergarten Readworks example
1st grade Readworks example
2nd grade Readworks example
3rd grade Readworks example
I chose a Readworks Social Studies passage entitled A Rally Against Poverty. I used this as an introduction to our new project for our fourth quarter platform of Leadership. The essential question this quarter is How do we demonstrate leadership by helping others? We read the passage annotating and highlighting the text following the guidelines for a close reading lesson. The children highlighted vocabulary, discussed the theme and meaning of the passage, and worked with partners to answer the comprehension questions. We had a discussion about Nelson Mandela’s quote “While there is poverty, there is no true freedom.” They were very insightful and saw the connection that people who live in extreme poverty and do not have their basic needs met, do not have the ability to do the things that we take for granted. The students then worked with partners to complete a t-chart of wants vs. needs. This theme ties in with our school wide “Hope for Haiti” project in which we donate backpacks and funds to support a school in Haiti. The third graders will be brainstorming ways that our class can support the goal of collecting 75 backpacks. They will be writing persuasive paragraphs to urge people to participate. This will allow them to have ownership and a personal stake in our school’s philanthropic project.
5th/6th grade Readworks example
What our Pre-K students are expected to learn before entering our elementary program.
Follow Up Activity
Friday, April 3rd, 3pm
This is an online event.
Find one grade-level article from readworks.org to complete a close reading (multiple readings) during your social studies block.
Please remember to:
1. Annotate (circle words, write notes in the margin)
2. Ask and answer TDQs (promote conversations with peers or accountable talk before sharing aloud)
3. Complete a follow up activity that answers the question, “What does the text inspire me to do?”
4. Take pictures, or have a work sample as “evidence”- send to me, send to Linda for Facebook, and also display the evidence in your classroom.