Posts tagged ‘Reading’
The October 2016 issue of Phi Delta Kapan (vol 98:2) includes an articles by D. Barrone and R. Barrone titled Are You a Reader? (pp 47-51).
The article briefly reviews research based practises that improve reading skills, but spends most of its space reviewing a grade 5 class in which none of the students self-identified as being a reader at the beginning of the school year. The teacher challenged the students to read 50 books – “all they had to do was read and record the books they read. There were no book reports, projects, quizzes or prizes after reading.” (p 49).
The teacher delivered her literacy program using direct and differentiated instruction and daily literature circles. As the year progressed, the students created a list of the characteristics of good readers, including the following:
- good readers read for fun
- good readers talk about books
- good readers usually finish a book
- good readers relate to the characters in the book
- good readers often choose a specific genre to read
- good readers read lots of books
What this article does not do is discuss how the teacher managed struggling readers. Any TDSB teacher interested in reading this article can contact the library at (416) 395-8289 or email@example.com
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“This resource guide was created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias who has now collected over 4000 books. The guide includes some of those books that have been catalogued into an easy to find database. This information here is appropriate for youth, parents, educators, schools, and libraries.”
From Marley’s introduction “I love reading and I love reading all kinds of books. I think it is important that if we want the world to be a better place where everyone feels welcomed and understood then we must sure that children have books about black girls, and all kinds of people, not just white boys and dogs.”
The website currently lists 700 books, updated monthly. The database may be downloaded in a variety of ways (but not mobile) and they include a reading level filter with the following caveat “These broad categories are designed to facilitate the process of locating books. Please do not use them to categorize children’s, youth’s or adults’ intellectual capacity.”
This is a great resource, especially for teacher librarains – check it out!
The U.S. What Works Clearinghouse has released a new (July 2016) practice guide titled Foundational Skills to support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade [PDF] .
From page 1: This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words (alphabetics), relate those words to their oral language, and read connected text with sufficient accuracy and fluency to understand what they read. This practice guide, developed by a panel of experts comprised of researchers and practitioners, presents four recommendations that educators can use to improve literacy skills in the early grades.
The 4 recommendations are:
- Teach students academic language skills, including the use of inferential and narrative language, and vocabulary knowledge
- Develop awareness of the segments of sounds in speech and how they link to letters
- Teach students to decode words, analyze word parts, and write and recognize words
- Ensure that each student reads connected text every day to support reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
Also note: This guide is geared towards teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to improve their students’ foundational reading skills, and is a companion to the practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.
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The May 2016 issue of Young Children (71:2) from NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children is a theme issue – Teaching and Learning with Children’s Books. You can read the Table of Contents here.
Two of the articles have been made available for free public access Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom (Wanless, Crawford, pages 8-15) and Getting Smarter about e-Books for Children (Guernsey and Levine, pages 38-43). Note that the ebook articles is based on the book by the same authors Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens which TDSB teachers may borrow from your fabulous Professional Library.
TDSB teachers may also contact the library for copies of the other articles (for example the article Promoting Resiliency Through Read-Alouds) . Copyright note: this journal is not included in our databases service, so you will be limited to a photocopy of one article only as per the Fair Dealing Guidelines.
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Submitted by Judy C., one of our fabulous reference librarians:
The summer is fast approaching, and to help children beat summer learning loss, here is a list of free online ebook sites for children. Keep them reading!
Online eBooks for Children
- Best Free Children’s eBooks Online
- A listing of 234 sites that legally offer free ebooks for children to read.
- Children’s Storybooks Online
- A list of online books that children will love to read. Books are divided into books for young children, books for older children and books for young adults.
- Storyline Online
- This site presents children’s favorite books by well- known actors that many children will recognize from television shows and movies.
TDSB Virtual Library:
- BookFLIX (TDSB Virtual Library > eBooks > BookFLIX)
- Paired children’s fiction books with nonfiction books on different themes.
- Capstone (TDSB Virtual Library > eBooks >BookFLIX)
- Children’s non-fiction books by grade range from PrK and up.
- PebbleGo (TDSB Virtual Library > eBooks>BookFLIX)
- Written for primary level children on animals and science. Includes video clips.
Toronto Public Library: (Reproduced from the TPL site)
- Using Tumblebooks from outside the library? You will now need to put in your Toronto Public Library card to get into Tumblebooks. Your favourite picture books and early readers online! For books to read on an ipad or other tablets, choose “mobile” in the dropdown menu which also offers other language options.
- Oxford Owl
- Picture books read out loud for young children. Registration is required but free.
- Sesame Street ebooks
- Read 5 Sesame Street books online or read and listen to one of them.
- Storyplace – The Children’s Digital Library
- Animated stories, reading lists and activities.
- Storyline Online
- It will never replace someone right there reading to you but these actors do a pretty good job!
- Chateau Meddybemps
- Come meet Tippity and Frogwart, the witches on the Island of Meddybemps and read their favourite stories.
- International Children’s Digital Library – Preschool Stories
- The preschool stories of this online digital library can be found here in many different languages
- Internet Public Library Story Hour
- Storybooks on the net.
- A fun and educational site with interactive storybooks, games and movies for beginning readers.
Librarian – TDSB Professional Library
The Thursday March 14 2016 edition of the Globe and Mail included an article by Russell Smith titled “The Invincible Bedtime Story” (p. L4) in which he talks about reading bedtime stories to his 6 year-young son. His son loves everything about Star Wars and superheros and things that blow up, but who also “begs for Pippi [Longstocking] at bedtime, listens raptly and demands extra chapters”. Smith thinks the allure of the bedtime story is all about the words: “These words are pure sound, purely abstract. They must be pieced together like any code…What we represent internally, what we can imagine, comes from our own nightmares. The process of understanding chains of written or spoken words is an actively creative one.”
For me, bedtime stories were all about that quiet pre-bed moment with clean-smelling kids in their jammies, blankies & thumbs (yup – both of mine sucked their thumbs), cuddling close and the book being the center anchor. And we got to talk, and discuss the illustrations, and improve literacy/reading skills and brain development. It is such a win-win.
Looking for some recommended books and don’t know where to begin? Here are some places to check – in addition to your school’s virtual library :
- Toronto Public Library
- Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- National Reading Campaign (includes a link to a 2015 NY Times article Bedtime Stories for young brains)
- For book reviews try: Quill and Quire Book Reviews for Kids or CM Magazine
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