Virtual Resources

Resources for classrooms impacted by the pandemic.

Has your classroom been impacted by the pandemic?

😷  As classrooms shift from in-person instruction, to a socially distanced, virtual, or hybrid classroom, we provide the tools to keep you teaching and keep kids learning.

New! Enhanced Scope and Sequences

Whether you are teaching students face-to-face or are teaching students online (or both!), it is true thatgirl-5662435_1920 the amount of time teachers have to teach has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Schedule restrictions and interruptions to the day have likely made it difficult or nearly impossible to provide 90 minutes of reading instruction. Our new virtual units help you navigate a compromised schedule, instructing you on what lessons to SKIP, COMBINE, and KEEP to ensure your students gain skills and knowledge.

Each scope and sequence for grades 3-6 alternates read-aloud, books clubs, and writing across the school year. Each grade will complete:

  • 3 Read-Aloud Units
  • 3 Book Club Units
  • 3 Writing Units (narrative, persuasive, expository)

Also included in the enhanced scope and sequences are suggested activities for building social-emotional learning!

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Book Club E-Notebook

A fillable PDF notebook, licensed to your classroom or school.

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Independent E-Notebook

A fillable PDF notebook, licensed to your classroom or school.

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Reusable Notebook

Use a Frixion pen to write in and erase. Use again & again!

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Virtual Read-Aloud

The read-aloud has MANY benefits, whether students are in the classroom or virtually learning. Most importantly, the shared experience reduces feelings of isolation.

Use the enhanced scope and sequence in conjunction with your read-aloud guide to provide either:

  • Pre-recorded lessons (asynchronous),
  • Lessons over web-conference (synchronous); or
  • In-person lessons in a socially distanced classroom.

Tips for Virtual Read-Aloud:

  • Ensure students are able to follow along as the teacher reads either by putting the book under the document camera, or providing access to the paperback novel. 
  • Looking for e-books or audio books?  Many titles are available as e-books and audio books.  Find the list here. (Please keep in mind, students are on screens all day. Getting off screens and into a paperback book is preferred.)
  • Keep the magic of the meeting area by creating a back-drop to include posters and decor matching the topic and genre of the read-aloud novel.
  • Encourage students to participate with whiteboards, call on sticks, and break-out rooms.
  • Use Reading Guides as exit tickets at the end of a read-aloud lesson. These assessments are perfect for asynchronous learning!
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Virtual Book Clubs

Book Clubs continue to differentiate instruction, even when meeting online. To accommodate a shortened schedule, consider waiting until you have finished your read-aloud to start your book club unit. During book clubs, students will be matched to one of three titles according to their reading level. Use the most recent data you have to match students to books, or utilize the running records downloadable from the resource page.  

Use the enhanced scope and sequence in conjunction with your book club guide.  

  • Mini-lessons will be taught to the whole class, in person or over web conference.
  • Independent work time will take place in class, or at home.
  • Book club discussions will take place virtually.  The socially distanced classroom poses the biggest challenge for meeting in small groups (see tips below!).

Tips for Virtual Book Clubs:

  • Ensure all students have a copy of the book club book to which they have been assigned.
  • Looking for e-books or audio books?  Many titles are available as e-books and audio books.  Find the list here. (Please keep in mind, students are on screens all day.  Getting off screens and into a paperback book is preferred.)
  • Partners can provide support either virtually in a break-out room or in the classroom at a table with a plastic barrier (limit student's time at this table to 5 mins.)
  • Book club meetings in the socially distanced room will require students sit 6-feet-apart.  Consider moving your book clubs days outside (if weather allows) or to a larger space such as a library or gym.  
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Virtual Writing

To help teachers get more done in a limited amount of time, we have added new writing units to go with each of the virtual units.  

Use the new writing lessons after completing your read-aloud and book club units.  Students will use the read-aloud and book club books as mentors. 

  • Brainstorming and planning lessons will be taught to the whole class, in person or over web conference.
  • Drafting will take place in class, or at home.
  • Editing and revising will be guided by mini-lessons, and students will edit and revise with a classmate, parent, or teacher.  
  • Publishing will be completed at home.

Tips for Virtual Writing:

  • Model by writing your own piece in a way that is visible the students.
  • Partners can support the writing process whenever possible. 
  • Offer an opportunity for students to share their writing.
  • Provide immediate feedback. 
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More Tips

As transition to a virtual, hybrid or socially distanced classroom, remember that this is new territory—no matter how much teaching experience you have, it will be a year of learning. Stay connected to other teachers, and use each other to gain inspiration, plan lessons, field-test learning models, and modify instructional practices. 

The following blog articles provide more tips:

 

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