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June 23, 2024

Celebrating a Fantastic First Year with ONlit: Thank You, Ontario Educators!

As we wrap up our first year with ONlit, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the incredible community of Ontario educators who have made this journey so enriching and impactful. Throughout the year, we’ve seen an amazing network of educators come together, sharing insights and resources, supporting each other, and collectively enhancing literacy outcomes for our students. Here are some highlights from our
ONlit Team
June 19, 2024

Exploring Shades of Meaning: A Vocabulary Activity for Junior and Intermediate Students

Teaching vocabulary is a key element of the revised Language curriculum that stretches across all grade levels. Effective vocabulary instruction is crucial for developing students’ reading comprehension and writing skills. One engaging way to teach vocabulary nuances is through the Shades of Meaning activity, which uses semantic gradients to help students understand subtle differences between related words. In ONlit’s Shifting the Balance in Junior and
Leigh Fettes
June 19, 2024

Unlocking Student Potential: A Diagnostic Decision Tree for Screening Data

In structured literacy, data-based decision-making is paramount to ensuring all children meet their right to learn to read. As Ontario moves toward province-wide early reading screening in September, it is important to consider how to use screening data to inform instruction. We screen to improve instruction and outcomes for students, first and foremost! Each of the three Ministry-approved screeners (Acadience, easyCBM, and AimsWebPlus) consist of
Nellie Caruso
June 19, 2024

Cracking the Code: Understanding Vowel Spellings

English orthography often has a reputation of being overly complicated and too difficult for students to navigate. While the English writing system certainly is complex, there is a predictable and consistent structure that supports strong reading and writing. This structure must be taught explicitly and systematically! Overlap is part of the nature of our code. The sounds of spoken language, phonemes, often have multiple different
Una Malcolm