Literacy & Technology News

November 2015 - 1st Trimester


Essential School Tools

Ever wonder how you can use technology at home to help you student succeed at school? Looking for ways to help your child with homework? Have a child who needs enrichment? If so, then Common Sense Media's "Essential School Tools" might be exactly what you are looking for! Essential School Tools is a "comprehensive guide will help you find the best teacher-approved apps, games, and websites to support your kid in each grade". You will also find information about the most current trends in educational technology. This tool provides Pre-K to 5th grade resources that help with math, science & technology, reading & writing, homework, and organization. All resources have been reviewed and scored by common sense media for educational value and age-appropriateness. While you are on the Common Sense Media website, don't forget to check out all of the other resources they provide: internet safety tips/tools, reviews of movies, books, websites, apps, & video games, and resources for talking to your child about difficult internet topics.


Picking "Good Fit" Books

Parents and guardians will often ask how they can help their child choose appropriate level books to read. When selecting books for independent reading, students should be looking for books they understand and can read. Books that are too difficult for a student may lead to a student being unable to understand the story, which causes frustration and then reading is no longer enjoyable. Reading should be enjoyable, which means it is important for students to be reading books they are interested in and on an appropriate level. Students are also motivated to read when they can choose their own books. IPICK is an easy acronym parents can use to help children pick good fit books.

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Palmyra Area School District offered Kindergarten – 5thgrade students the opportunity to participate in several different enrichment programs this summer. Research shows that students who read and write throughout the summer maintain their levels of reading that they worked so hard to achieve.

This summer 392 elementary students participated! Students read and practiced skills through participating in book exchanges, recording their reading on and writing journal entries. Students also worked on programs like Study Island, Reading Eggs, and Special thanks to Palmyra Area Education Foundation for their support in funding this program.


Additional literacy information for parents can be found at This website can also be accessed from the district website (district wide information – curriculum).