WHAT IS READING FIRST?
Reading First is a federal program established as a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that President Bush Signed into law in January, 2002.
States applied for funds to establish research-based reading programs for students in kindergarten through third grade and to prepare classroom teachers to effectively screen, diagnose, and make instructional decisions using classroom based reading assessments.
In addition, states' grant provided for increased teacher professional development to ensure that all K-3 teachers, as well as special education teachers, have the skills they need to teach reading effectively.
Commonly Used Literacy Terms
HOWE ELEMENTARY READING FIRST PROGRAM
Howe Public Schools Reading First Plan was developed to establish lifelong, successful readers through the implementation of a quality, comprehensive, researched-based reading program that identifies early reading difficulties and immediate, intensive interventions. The plan includes one elementary school serving 100 students in grades K-3.
The Trophies Reading Program from Harcourt School Publishers will be the core-reading program for the delivery of high quality, explicit, and systematic instructional strategies for various types of learners. Through on-going professional development, coaching and modeling, a Reading Coach will provide assistance to teachers in instructional planning, intervention lessons, as well as an assessment of at-risk learners. Additional support is provided through a joint effort and collaboration of the Principal, Reading Coach/Reading Specialist and members of the District's Leadership Team.
THE READING FIRST TEAM
PRINCIPAL: Sandee Cross - email@example.com
READING COACH: Vickie McCullah-Jirash - firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Wanda Forsberg - email@example.com
LIBRARIAN: Amy Donathan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hall - email@example.com
Alma Yandell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Cagle - email@example.com
SECOND GRADE: Paula Covey-Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie Hillebrand - email@example.com
THIRD GRADE: Tammy England - firstname.lastname@example.org
READING INTERVENTIONIST: Carol Brigance
ADOPTED READING SERIES FOR GRADES K-3
The Trophies Reading and Language Arts Program from Harcourt School Publishers is a signitifically researched-based reading program that assesses and measures phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension skills. Assessment is conducted to evaluate the progress of students within the reading materials.
ACTIVITES AND GAMES from Harcourt School Publishers
DIBELS SCREENING AND BENCHMARK DATES
- Aug 23 to Sep 5 - Fall benchmark
- Jan 14 to Jan 25 - Winter benchmark
- Apr 25 to May 2 - Spring benchmark
- Apr 25 to May 2 - Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Oklahoma Reading First test in comprehension and vocabulary
ASSESSMENT TOOLS USED IN READING FIRST
DIBELS (DYNAMIC INDICATORS OF BASIC EARLY LITERACY SKILLS)
PPVT III (PEABODY PICTURE VOCABULARY TEST)
TPRI (TEXAS PRIMARY READING INVENTORY)
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
WEBSITES FOR READING FIRST
THE IMPORTANCE OF PHONEMIC AWARENESS IN LEARNING TO READ
This describes the phonemic awareness and its importance in the reading process; included is an explanation of terms and links to more than 20 reports created by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory that deal with early reading.
DIBEL's INTERVENTIONS ELECTRIFIED
This website has lots of resources for teachers and students!!
PBS KIDS: CLIFFORD
On this page, children can choose to hear a Clifford story read aloud. The child controls the speed of the story, and must interact with the page to continue on.
STARFALL.COM LEAN TO READ
This series of online stories includes Catchy songs dealing with reading concepts. (e.g. silent e), cute animations and characters, and a user controlled reading speed and pronunciation of other words in the books.
This contains ideas for families, teachers and librarians to use with all children to help them read well and independently by the end of third grade. This booklet also includes activities to help improve children's reading and writing skills through the sixth grade.
READ ALOUD BOOKS
This site includes a list of Newberry and Caldecott Award winning books that are prefect for reading aloud to children.
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you could never be-
I had a mother that read to me.
Strickland Gillilan from "Best Love Poems"