Structured Literacy

This collection houses resources that support teachers in implementing research and evidence-based practices in the instruction of reading. 

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Alaska's Reading Playbook - A Practical Guide for Teaching Reading
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Although this free resource was developed with the state of Alaska in mind, it includes a tremendous amount of great information and strategies that apply to the teaching of reading universally. A definite must-have for your toolkit!

This playbook combines decades of nationwide research with examples and resources developed by educators in the state of Alaska. You’ll find an introduction to phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. You will also find links to valuable resources where you can continue to deepen your knowledge.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Beginning Reading Instruction
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Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI)/Advanced Reading Instruction (ARI) is a highly researched, and simple reading program that helps children learn to decode.

A teaching guide, along with the three sets of books, and the booster set (extra practice) are all you need to begin teaching a child to read. Additional materials, such as tests to make sure a child has mastered the skills after they complete each set, and ways to keep track of progress are included.

Each book set offers a drop down menu featuring the book, suggestions for looking through and discussing the book and story questions.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Teach My Kid to Read
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Beyond Decodables - Free Books for Kids
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This site offers free Research-Based, Teacher-Approved Texts for supporting decoding and beyond.

How it works:
- Beyond Decodables aim to support young readers success in reading by allowing children the chance to decode words in a meaningful context.
- Use the "Beyond Decodables Scope and Sequence" chart to pick the right text for your student(s).
- Most texts are available in digital editions (projectable PDFs) and printer-friendly editions.

Sets of texts:
- CVC Words
- Consonant Digraphs
- Consonant Blends
- Long Vowel Patterns
- CVCe Words
- Multisyllabic Words

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Beyond Decodables
Julia B. Lindsey
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Brain Builders video series - Learning to Read
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Brain Builders is an animated video series you can share with your students to help them understand what the brain does in order to read–the first time the Science of Reading has been placed in the hands of students.

Join Minh on his journey as his babysitter, Tamara, helps him cultivate a love for reading and understanding the Science of Reading. Series includes 13 episodes you don’t want to miss!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Amplify
Date Added:
11/04/2022
The Brain on Reading
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This is a video recording of the lunch and learn session from October 21st, 2021 on how the brain learns to read. Session Description: Do you wonder how our students brains learn to read? Join this session for an overview of what the scientific field has discovered and uncovered about our brains and the process the brain goes through to learn how to read. This will have a significant impact on how we plan to teach reading, writing, and spelling in the future.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Special Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sandra Lutz
Date Added:
10/26/2021
Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines
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When reviewing curricula for Tier I instruction, it is essential to ensure they do not include instructional practices that are not aligned with the scientific evidence base of how children learn to read.
The Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines are designed to highlight any non-aligned practices, or “red flags,” that may be present in the areas of:
- Word Recognition
- Language Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing
- Assessment

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Brandi Lawson
The Reading League
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Dyslexia Decod-ED
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This is a three part series from Microsoft.  "Learning about dyslexia provides an opportunity for educators to empower every learnerExplore our Dyslexia DecodEd Webinar Series to learn how you can support students with dyslexia succeed."

Subject:
Special Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
10/27/2020
Dyslexia Toolkit [Free Download]
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As awareness of dyslexia in early literacy grows, more and more questions have emerged about the learning challenge and how to better identify and support students at risk.

This new toolkit offers explicit answers for educators looking to learn about dyslexia and how to effectively screen for it to ensure students are supported as early and as effectively as possible.

With this toolkit, educators can better understand topics like:
- Dyslexia: What exactly is it?
- How to screen for at-risk students (and what actually works)
- Dyslexia legislation enacted in recent years

Sign up to receive your toolkit today!

Subject:
Education
Special Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Amplify Education
Date Added:
10/03/2022
Elkonin boxes
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Elkonin boxes help kids build phonological awareness by helping them divide words into their individual phonemes.

Subject:
Education
Early Childhood Development
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Anna G
Anna Geiger
Funke Abegunde
Heather Groth
Karen Kerns
Kate Dowling
Lynn Masson
Rachel Du Toit
Su Lin
The Measured Mom
Date Added:
09/28/2022
Emily Hanford Podcasts- APM documentary trilogy
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Emily Hanford discusses the broken education system and what the problem is. She also discusses what is being done to fix it. This is a link to her three-part documentary and what opened the door to the science of reading movement.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
APM Reports
Emily Hanford
Date Added:
12/02/2021
Flyleaf Publishing - Online Materials Portal
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This portal is offered as a free resource to help facilitate online reading instruction and learning during this challenging time of school closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

These resources were available as of September 8th, 2020. If you try to access them later and they are not available, please let melissa.lander@sunwestsd.ca know.

There are two areas of the site, one for Students and one for Instructors. Materials are organized by our Phonics Scope and Sequence, and can be quickly navigated using the Menu at the top of the page.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Flyleaf Publishing
Date Added:
03/23/2020
Free Decodable Books
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This site offers a variety of free online decodable books, skills workbooks, and assessment and remediation guides that have students gain practice and proficiency in:
- Vowel Sounds and Spellings
- Consonant Sounds and Spellings
- Tricky Words
- Capital Letters
- Punctuation
- Multisyllabic words

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Bublup
Date Added:
09/20/2022
FreeReading Intervention A
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CC BY-SA
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FreeReading is an open source instructional program that helps educators teach early literacy. Because it is open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. FreeReading contains, Intervention A, a 40-week scope and sequence of primarily phonological awareness and phonics activities that can support and supplement a typical kindergarten or first grade "core" or "basal" program.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
Wireless Generation
Provider Set:
FreeReading
Author:
Holt, Laurence, et. al.
Date Added:
08/16/2006
Gr. 1 Phonological Awareness - Info & Weekly Videos
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CC BY-NC-SA
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Phonological awareness skills are important in order to develop good reading and spelling skills. Having good phonological awareness skills means that a child is able to manipulate sounds and words, or “play” with sounds and words. For example, you might ask your child to break the word “cat” into individual sounds: “c-a-t.” Important: These skills deal with SOUNDS not letters. For example, /t/ represents the sound and not the letter name “tee.” You will not use any written or visual letters when working with phonological activities. These activities are done with listening and speaking only. Learning the letter names and their corresponding sounds is also very important but should be taught and practiced at a different time of the day. This resource will have a weekly activity for your to work on with your child/student(s). It will include a handout with information and guidance, as well as a video to help support you and the learner. CLICK THE WORDS "INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS" TO GET STARTED (do not click on view description).

Subject:
Elementary Education
Language Education (ESL)
Special Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melissa Lander
Allison de Huber
Date Added:
01/06/2022
Half-Pint Kids Beginning Reader Decodable Books
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Half-Pint Kids is a set of materials written by a teacher for teachers. Besides colorfully illustrated decodable stories, you will find links to Teaching Guides, Activity Pages and Literacy Centers.

Table of Contents:
- Level A: Sights & Sounds (Sets 1-6) introduces all the consonant sounds, short vowel sounds and 33 sight words
- Level B: Blends & Ends (Sets 7-12) introduces 16 blends and digraphs, 24 sight words and 4 word endings
- Level C: Moving-A-long (Sets 13-18) introduces the long vowel sounds, 9 blends, 46 sight words, 4 word endings and more.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Hlaf-Pint Kids
LuAnn Santillo
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Key Linguistic Terminology – Information and Suggestions for Implementation
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Explore this "Dear Dr. Mooney" series. Find articles on:
- Phonology - What’s That Sound I Hear?
- Morphology - Teach Your Students to be Word Detectives
- Syntax - It’s All About Understanding the Formula for English
- Semantics - Your Words Mean More Than You Think They Do
- Pragmatics - Doing Things with Language

Each article provides information, implementation strategies and links to related resources.

Subject:
Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Angela J. Mooney
Dr Mooney
Date Added:
10/03/2022
Kindergarten ELA - Blending Syllables
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Kindergarten - Blending Syllables - Week 1 - Teacher asks students to connect the two word parts of a word that she says separately, then repeat the word out loud. She gives correct answers.Week 4 - Teacher asks students to connect the two word parts of a word that she says separately, then repeat the word out loud.Week 7 - Teacher asks students to connect the two word parts of a word that she says separately, then repeat the word out loud. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Author:
Distance Learning Centre
Date Added:
04/13/2018
Kindergarten ELA - Isolating Initial Sounds
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Kindergarten ELA - Isolating Initial Sounds Week 3 - Teacher will say a word, asks student to repeat first sound. Week 6 - Teacher will say a word, asks student to repeat first sound. Week 9 - Teacher says two words: asks if the words start with the same sound.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Author:
Distance Learning Centre
Date Added:
04/13/2018