The Science of Reading

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

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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
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
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
FreeReading Intervention A
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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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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
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
Kindergarten ELA - Segmenting
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Kindergarten ELA - SegmentingWeek 2 - The teacher says a word, student is asked to say the two parts - separately, out loud and with clapping. Week 5 - The teacher says a word, student is asked to say the two parts - separately and out loud. She introduces the word 'syllables".Week 8 -  The teacher says a word, student is asked to say the two parts - separately and out loud. Suggests slapping with the word parts.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Author:
Distance Learning Centre
Date Added:
04/13/2018
Kindergarten Phonological Resources - Weekly Information & Videos
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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
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Melissa Lander
Allison de Huber
Date Added:
01/06/2022
Multisensory Reading and Writing Tools
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Multisensory Tools for Reading and Writing

Color-Coded Word Building Tiles (View / Download)
Read It, Build It, Write It Mat (View / Download)
Story Stick Questions (View / Download)
Multisensory instruction can help kids with reading and writing issues gain basic skills. It works by engaging more than one sense at a time. Multisensory teaching doesn’t have to be limited to school. You can use some techniques at home.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Online Phonics program for Distance Learning
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Lalilo is an online tool for K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers and students. The Lalilo website is accessible on tablets, iPads and computers. Lalilo works in school environments or in a distance learning setting.

Through personalized exercises students work on adaptive exercises in phonics, word recognition, and comprehension.

Lalilo creates a playful, interactive world where students journey through different worlds, collecting badges and unlocking stories. The vocabulary-rich stories teach students about nature and animals in engaging and fun ways.

The site also offers data at-a-glance. Teachers can track whole class and individual progress. They can also assign specific lessons.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Author:
Lalilo
Date Added:
06/02/2021
The PAST Test
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Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST)
*everything you need is provided including instructions and documents.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
PAST
Date Added:
03/19/2021
Parent Phonological Awareness Calendar - What you can do at home
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The following is an example from 2018-2019 of what parents can do at home to support phonological awareness with their child at home.
Each month has approximately 10 or more very short activities you can do with your child, and it includes the answers you should expect from your child.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Melissa Lander
Carole Butcher
Allison de Huber
Linda Poletz
Date Added:
08/27/2019
Phonics A- Z Mouth Shapes
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This could be helpful if you are required to wear a mask and still teach letter sounds...

a: a-a-a (open mouth wide as if to take a bite of an apple) b – (make a short, strong b with lips) c - (make sharp click at back of throat) Same as k d – (ta...

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
08/31/2020
Phonological Awareness Resources for Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teachers
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The following is a collection of phonological awareness resources teachers may find useful when setting up their early literacy programs in Kindergarten and Grade 1.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Melissa Lander
Carole Butcher
Allison de Huber
Linda Poletz
Date Added:
03/13/2020