As we know, learning looks a bit different right now, but that doesn’t mean that we have to completely change the way we do things! Wolfpack WORKS coaches have taken some common “low tech,” literacy-focused activities and transformed them into “high-tech,” literacy-building activities! Whether teaching remotely, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format, a teacher can use these fun activities to manage the literacy environment in order to build a classroom community, motivate and engage students to develop a joy for reading and writing, and build home-school connections.
This activity is two-fold. The students will get to know each other and the teacher will get to know the student as an individual and as a reader!
Building relationships promotes a positive learning environment and is one of the best investments we can make with our students. When building relationships, one wants to be sure that the activities are well-planned and intentional. Read alouds are a great way to build connections to one another and develop a love of reading and writing. Some read alouds can even be paired with a classroom management system! Students should have time to interact with one another and share their ideas.
Collaboration with families is another great way to bring the literacy community together. Communication with families is important so they can be informed about the learning expectations and experiences in which their child is involved. Families may even get involved in your classroom read aloud, culture or career studies, workshops, and so much more! Home-school connections are important to the development of lifelong learning.
We hope you found these ideas helpful as you launch this very unique school year!
Jennifer Wood, Devin Warmack, Dana Melton, and Mary-Lynn Kebker
Wolfpack WORKS Literacy Coaches