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Inside Issue #4

Our Fourth Newsletter:

For Parents

We explore and map your neighbourhood in the free project based learning You can read the picture storybook ‘Mapping Penny’s World’ by Loreen Leedy, and explore, map, illustrate, and measure the things you find where you live. We also look at attributes, what are they and why are they important?

For Teachers

We have a list of picture storybook titles for each letter of the alphabet to anchor the sounds for your students, a sample of our high frequency words program and an activity to explore verbs using the labels from the Classroom Spelling Program and the picture story book, “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae.

For Schools

We look at ways to extend the Classroom Spelling Program to the intermediate grades using the generic lesson plan and word lists.

For Tutors

We look at words families using the word labels from the Classroom Spelling Program and an activity page.

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Explore & Map

This project is about taking the opportunity to explore where you live. What do you see? How many do you see? What is a map? What does a map of your home, garden, and neighbourhood look like? You can start the project with reading the picture book, ‘Mapping Penny’s World’
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Attribute Cards

Attributes are the characteristics of a shape. What does the shape look like? What is the name of the shape? What colour is it? What size is it?Learning about shape names, colours, and size helps your child to identify and notice the similarities and differences in the objects they see
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List Of Picture Story Books

Story books anchor an idea into our brains. Reading a story to your students helps to develop their brains with a narrative and a visual. The storybooks in this list support the learning of different letter sounds.In our Classroom Alphabet Program I have listed four picture storybook titles for every
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High Frequency Words 

There are many ways of teaching the spelling of words students use frequently in their reading and writing. Some of the words are decodable and use sounds your students already know, and some high frequency words have irregular spellings making them challenging to teach and sometimes overwhelming for students who
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Picture Storybook – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance

Using picture story books in the classroom increases engagement with a subject. The students are able to immerse themselves in the story and you are able to teach to a certain subject with the support of the pictures and storyline. I use children’s story books a lot in my teaching.
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Extending The Classroom Spelling Program

This program was written to systematically teach younger students spelling patterns, rules, and application in the primary and intermediate grades. Learning to spell can continue in our classrooms in older grades. We have a section at the back of the program for teachers to use with grade 5, grade 6,
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Word Families

In the Classroom Spelling Program I have words, nonsense words, phrases, and sentences for students to practise their reading when they’re confident with the letters. I’ve separated the program out into three sections. The first section uses the first nine letters from the scope and sequence – a, m, s,

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