With so much to teach and so much for kids to learn, keeping it all straight can be an organizational disaster! Help is here! This product contains three different literacy contracts bound to meet the needs of your students.
These three literacy contracts are intended for use by children reading on Fountas & Pinell levels A-J+, second language learners, and special needs/resource students or most kindergarten to second grade students. However, we all have a large range of learners in any given classroom so you will have a variety to suit your students’ needs. The visuals remind kids what to do each day and can be teacher-directed but student-centered as each contract provides some choice. They are available in color (so they can be laminated and reused) and black and white.
The first contract (A-J+) could easily be used for all your students. It has four components;
Independent work-students engage in authentic literary tasks that may include: writing in a journal or working on a writing project, computer literacy tasks, word work or another activity of your choosing;
Independent reading-students are able to self-select books they want to read for sustained periods of time. To improve reading students need time to READ each day;
Follow-up to reading-This is where students practice what they learned in their small group reading. This could be, but not limited to, reading ahead, re-reading, preparing for the next day’s reading group or practicing fluency or responding in writing to what was read to demonstrate comprehension;
Meet with the teacher-this is where the students are meeting with you in their small group. Students would circle each activity that they did each day. They may not get to get to all four components every day but this is a way to track what they are doing when they are not meeting with you.
The second contract (J+) includes activities for Words Their Way which would probably best align with kids in the Letter-Name Alphabetic Stage and the Within Word Pattern Stage. Each day of the week the kids would complete a different activity-sorting different way, picture or word hunts, draw/label, cut and paste, games and then “other activity”. Available on my store are many Words Their Way products. If you use the Words Their Way word program then this is a perfect contract for you! Also, included is independent reading, where the kids are self-selecting books and then logging the books. I have book logs for all readers that you might find helpful at my store. The next literacy activity is writing; writing in a journal or working on a writer’s workshop piece or research project. Lastly, follow up work to guided reading; writing about the day’s reading or responding to a question or some other written response connected to their instructional level book or re-reading or reading ahead to prepare for the next session.
The last contract (A-I) is broken down further into five activities:
Words Their Way with activities each day that correspond to Letter-Name Alphabetic and Within Word Pattern Stage.
Familiar Reading, either alone or with a buddy. The familiar reads are those books that you have instructed and have gone into a browsing bin, book baggie or whatever you use for your students to continue their reading practice. This could also be books at their independent level, a level lower than their instructional level.
Computer Literacy-Listening to stories or reading along with stories online or other literacy activities on the computer.
Sight Word Practice-You would write the sight words you are focusing on in the space provided and then the kids could choose the activity for practice; white boards, sight word games or other activity.
Follow up to guided reading-This is where they would go and re-read the book you have taught in your current lesson or complete some activity in their journal related to the current book.
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