CIES Wednesday Envelope

for Elementary Staff--September 17th, 2014

In This Issue:

  • Balanced Literacy-What is my Role?
  • Benchmark Literacy: Assessment, Texts for Close Reading
  • Benchmark Universe Website
  • Technology Tidbit: Tellagami
  • Engagement Techniques: GoNoodle

Balanced Literacy Reading Instruction-What’s My Role?

Check out this documents to see your role in supporting students in balanced literacy:


Balanced Literacy -What’s My Role?

Balanced Literacy Framework

(K-3) Benchmark Literacy Assessments

As you begin to assess your students, please use the Benchmark Literacy Assessment materials as your primary source for data collection. The district created assessments can be used to supplement if needed. Before choosing an assessment, be sure that it matches the desired outcome. For example, only use the letter naming fluency assessment if that is the information you seek.


Sight Words can be found embedded in your phonics lessons. Sight word cards are organized by unit. Select the unit you are working in and select "Resources".

(K-3) I Only Have 25 Copies OF Benchmark Literacy Texts For Close Reading. What Can I Do?

Benchmark Literacy sets came with 25 copies of the Text for Close Reading. We realize that many classrooms have more than 25 students. The purpose of these books is to read with support from the teacher. The text in these books is at grade level. Many students may not be able to read this text independently and that is not the purpose of these books. In these lessons students are to look at the text in partners as the teacher models good reading. If you would like each student to have their own copy, the text can be displayed from the Benchmark Universe website or printed out in black line form (in the back of each unit and also on the website.)

Benchmark Universe

Some of you may have experienced difficulties with accessing blackline masters on the new.benchmarkuniverse website. A solution to your problem has been found! The pop-up blocker is not allowing you access to these pages. In Chrome, you will find a grey shield in the address bar. Click this shield and select "Load Unsafe Script".

Technology Tidbits: Using Tellagami in the Classroom

Tellagami is a fun, new way to share animated messages. Customize your character. Change its mood or outfit. Record your voice or add dialogue. Then share your Gami. You may remember that Tellagami was used at our August 28th Workshop day in the SAMR session.

GoNoodle: Free and Fun Brain Breaks

GoNoodle is a safe way to use technology to increase student engagement. There’s a short brain break activity for every part of the day. Calm the classroom or energize your students depending on the time of day. Sign up as a classroom and earn points to grow your class champ!


Check out GoNoodle today!

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