Summer Workshop June 16-19, 2013

CCSS Ideas for 2013-2014 from Summer Workshop in June

Vinalhaven Teacher Resources: Links for the CCSS

1.   Road Map for Parents (CCSS Math and ELA):

2.   Listen and Read for Early Learners:

3.   Scaffolding Strategies:

4.   NYC Dept. of Ed – Search Units by Gr. Level

5.   Text Complexity-NC Tackling Text Complexity

Common language and instructional strategies
To be addressed in August!

  1. Think Aloud
  2. Debate
  3. Rubrics by Smarter Balanced
  4. Editing?
  5. Revising?
  6. Collaborative Reasoning
  7. Inquiry - Guided
  8. "Troubles Shooting" or Problem Sloving
  9. Summaries
  10. Vocabulary
  11. Digital Citizenship 

Parent education/support

Simple informational text to match the theme – one fact per page.

Pairing informational text with historical fiction – compare and contrast

Grade 5:
·      Science: Student chooses topic of interest.
o  Experiment
o  Inquiry
o  Find informational text to meet individual needs of students
o  More experiment at a higher order
o  Higher order texts

·      Social Studies: Read and find important facts
o  Write summaries

How can we use more information texts? 6-12

Spend more time at the beginning of the year front-loading how to read/dissect informational texts…pay off for the rest of the year.

Find short informational texts or excerpts to go with units.

Pick and choose chapters from the text or any text to introduce as non-fiction before producing work BUT NOT read the whole text and not necessarily in order.

More synthesizing/summarizing in own words…so students really own the concepts.

Visual literacy è move from direction following and relying on a reference to producing own work to demonstrate ownership of concepts.

Listening (audio components) and viewing in concert with reading informational text.


·      Using Time for Kids and Scholastic News consistently in the classroom.

·      Have volunteers read non-fictional texts to students.

·      More read a loud time in general.

·      Use timely topics and seasonal topics to incorporate non-fiction.

·      More lower level non-fiction that kids can read independently.

·      Encourage students to “read pictures” in non-fiction texts.

·      Pairing fiction with non-fiction books to compare.

·      Use a.m. wheel time to read non-fiction

MS and HS Science, K-12 Drama

·      Science Literacy Task Cards

·      Drama: Current events/reviews
o  Apply to class plays and writing

·      Note taking strategies
o  For text and class
o  Teaching the skills
o  Inferences and informational

·      Reading stations for interest and skill levels

·      Pull fictional writing assessments
o  Ex: sandwich and digestive system
o  Picture books
o  Magic School Bus!

·      Interdisciplinary Reinforcement (Playmaking)

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