Concept Sorts

Concept sorts introduce students to the vocabulary or ideas of a new topic or text. Students are presented a list of terms or concepts and have to determine how they are related by placing them into  different categories. When used before reading, concept sorts provide an opportunity for […]

Teaching Morphology: Resource Kit

This is a comprehensive guide for morphology instruction – it explains the layers of the English language, walks through a suggested sequence of instruction, and includes sample lesson templates complete with word sums and matrices.

Vocabulary Word Maps

A word map is a graphic organizer that supports connections among vocabulary and ideas. This resource from TextProject provides Word Maps for core vocabulary – the most important words in written English. Three types of words maps are available for the core vocabulary: synonyms, morphology, […]

Student Phonics Activities

A team of researchers and teachers at FCRR collected ideas and created activities for students at stations or centres. These phonics activities are designed for students to practice, demonstrate, and extend their learning of what has already been taught, sometimes with teacher assistance and sometimes […]

Vocabulary Word Journal Template

Keeping a vocabulary journal is a strategy for helping students apply their knowledge of new words. Research shows that writing supports memory of words because it requires the cognitive skills of retrieval and repetition. Their vocabulary journal can also be a reference for students to […]

Blendable Letter Sounds – “Zed” Version

This video demonstrates how to pronounce letter sounds when teaching reading. When children are learning to read, they need to blend sounds as they decode. Teachers need to ensure that the sounds they are modelling are sounds that can be blended. Blendable Letter Sounds Song […]

Word Reading Grids (UFLI-Aligned)

These fluency grids, aligned with the UFLI Foundations scope and sequence), provide additional practice for students as they build proficiency in using grapheme-phoneme correspondences to decode words. Thank you to Avon Maitland DSB for sharing!