ReadyGen PBA Resources for Grade 4

I’ve been working with a great colleague from my last position as a school librarian / media specialist to develop materials to assist in implementing the ReadyGen curriculum in her classroom. She teaches fourth grade; therefore, the materials linked below are to be used with ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA in connection with the first performance-based assessment. This PBA requires students to create a biographical spotlight. The reason I decided to create these materials is because the handouts and other materials directly from the curriculum are not as student-focused as I would like. As a teacher, I want to provide my students with some excitement and drive to complete projects, assignments, and other happenings. Because of this, I find it extremely important for any paper handouts and/or projected images to connect with students in some way. I find the use of fonts, icons, and the organization of the page to be essential with this. I also want every activity related to research to include the act of citing sources. This is an essential component that is all-too-often left out yet a necessary element of being a responsible citizen. ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Biographical Spotlight (scientist or researcher) ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Biographical Spotlight (on a famous person who has made a difference) ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Rubric and […]

ReadyGen Support Materials

I was fortunate enough to be part of the team that assessed our options for new english language arts curriculums. ReadyGen, through Pearson, was the curriculum the team (and our administrators) decided to implement. This decision meant our classroom teachers were in for a leap from what they had become accustomed to. As with anything new, there was a great deal of work to be done within training and supporting our staff. While everyone is still working hard to make the necessary changes and find areas that need a few more resources, major strides have occurred. I wanted to share a few resources that support the learning of our 1st grade students: Arbor Day Cognate Memory Arbor Day Family Tree Bingo Please contact me if you’re interested in the creation of particular materials related to your curriculum(s) and/or grade levels. I enjoy creating fun, focused materials to support student learning. Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: Core Knowledge

The last post focused on door displays with proverbs being one of the topics included. This was chosen thanks to Core Knowledge. Core Knowledge is an amazing foundation built on the idea that knowledge builds on knowledge. It was founded in 1986 by E.D. Hirsch and continues to work toward every child receiving a high quality education. Read Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch in order to gain the knowledge of where Core Knowledge (not to be confused with Common Core) is coming from and why it’s organized the way it is. The resources from Core Knowledge are completely free for download or you can order them if you would like printed copies. They have CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) and HGCA (History, Geography, Civics, and the Arts). HGCA is for 3rd – 5th grades and is currently under development. CKLA is completed and available for preschool through 5th grades. Please visit the website if you’re unfamiliar with this foundation and check out what resources are helpful to you! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: Lego Education

Lego Education is a great resource to satisfy your curricular needs. I have experience working with the Lego StoryStarter curriculum however based on how useful and well organized this kit was I would be inclined to think the others are the same. I would highly recommend to stick with their numbers of how many students per kit. I tried to stretch it and it did not work well. I stuck with smaller groups after that. I’m interested to try out the math curriculum they have available and pretty much anything else I can get supplies for. My favorite part about using legos is that is easily transfers learning to home. So many of my students love legos and love building. Doing activities in school allows them to replicate them at home with their own sets. I’m a proponent of anything that will get self-directed learning to occur with elementary through high school students. Check out Lego Education if you’re looking for new materials for your preschool through middle school students! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn

Literacy & Legos: Year 2

During year two of the Literacy & Legos program at Fairmont Elementary I’m happy to report I was able to receive more funding to purchase additional Lego StoryStarter Kits. There were several changes from year 1 to year 2. The biggest included: meeting during school hours using the StoryStarter curriculum lessons having two groups of students What stayed the same? focus on literacy additional opportunities for 3rd-5th grade students who could use an extra opportunity to work on their storytelling and writing skills use of Lego StoryStarter kits I decided to create two different opportunities for year two because there were so few girls nominated for Legos & Literacy during year one. Legos are useful to everyone and I wanted to provide more students the opportunity to participate. Third through fifth grade girls could be nominated and would meet during the month of March. Third through fifth grade boys could be nominated and would meet during the month of April. I had never separated students this way however I’m pleased to report it worked extremely well. Two of my hopes were that more girls would be able to participate and all students would become more confident in working with new peers. Both […]