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Early Literacy Intervention Calendar 2016-2017

posted Jul 10, 2016, 3:37 PM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 4:17 PM ]

Early Literacy Teachers, please check out the Intervention Calendar.  I am also working on the Intervention Timeline, which contains greater detail.  This will be available the first week of school.

Website Under Renovations!

posted Jul 8, 2016, 7:47 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 6:32 PM ]

Due to the fact that the last time I tried to upload a file on my website, I was notified that my limit was exceeded, I am reorganizing/renovating the site.  I am switching all of the files over to Google so items are going to look differently from the last time that you visited the site.  Please be patient as I make this transition as things are going to get messy before they get better.  

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer so far!

Introducing Students to Wordless Apps

posted Apr 10, 2016, 10:20 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Apr 10, 2016, 3:20 PM ]

In a recent Canadian Teacher Magazine (January/February), there was a section about wordless picture books and introduced three wordless apps.  Please check out:

1.  Imagistory allows students to choose and create their own wordless stories.  Students are able to record their voice and replay their narratives to share with others.  
2.  Spot is an interactive wordless app designed by Caldecott winning author/illustrator David Wiesner (Tuesday, Free Fall, Mr. Wuffles).  This app allows students to orally tell a story.  When you search for this app, search for "Spot by David      Wiesner".
3.  Little Story Maker enables students to create simple stories with photographs and other visual media.  Students could design their own wordless picture book.

Another app to check out (unrelated to above material):

Try EPIC for a variety of books, ranging from picture books, fiction, non-fiction, even articles.  Students create a profile and earn "badges" for daily, weekly, monthly reading. 
There's a little something for every reader (even teachers too!).


posted Dec 1, 2015, 5:24 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 5:24 AM ]

The Accidental English Teacher:  Thoughts on Student Engagement, Motivation, and Learning

A quick, inspiring read.

Media Smarts: Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy

posted Nov 25, 2015, 4:59 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 5:00 AM ]

"We are a Canadian not-for-profit organization for digital and media literacy. Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. We have been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources since 1996. Through our work we support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love. Our public website offers over 3,000 free, Canadian-based, digital and media literacy resources primarily for teachers and parents."

TCRSB Writing Exemplars P-6

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:13 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 10:28 AM ]

The writing exemplars can now be located on this site.  

Grade 3 Guided Reading Collection, 5 packs: Literacy Support

posted Nov 12, 2015, 7:41 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 7:41 AM ]

A new distribution to grade 3 classroom teachers should have arrived at your school sites within the last week.  In this latest collection, there is a total of 55 books, comprising of 11 titles.  These texts range from levels I to L and are most suitable for grade 3 students who require more supportive texts.  

The books are from two Pearson Education collections:  Sails and Turtle Island Voices.  

Please be on the lookout for this distribution.

Great website if you are looking for read aloud suggestions

posted Oct 27, 2015, 8:03 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 8:03 AM ]

WOW!!! If you love picture books as mentor texts, check out this site!

posted Oct 23, 2015, 7:07 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Oct 23, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

Book Reviews For Kids By Kids

posted Oct 5, 2015, 7:31 AM by Jennifer Samms   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 7:32 AM ]

Neat website for reading book review.  There are two participating schools from Canada.

Check it out!

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