Tuesday, September 6, 2011


September 8th is International Literacy Day!

It is difficult right now to think about planning one more thing, but check out some of the ideas you can do for September 8th and beyond to promote literacy!   If you want to get a project going, but don't have time to plan- I WILL HELP, just ask me!  

Some ideas from the International Reading Association include:
  • Stage a Fun Run for Literacy and provide donated books to participants.
  • Use newspapers to go global — conduct a scavenger hunt for country names or compare how stories are covered by newspapers from different parts of the world.
  • Invite students, parents, or guests who have lived in other parts of the world to read a story or to talk about classrooms in other countries.
  • Have older students make books to share with younger students or donate to childcare centers.
  • Invite a publisher to your classroom or school to discuss how books are developed.
  • Ask a local bookstore to donate books to disadvantaged children or for reading contest prizes.

Read Picture Books FREE  Online with Your Students at We Give Books.
We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world's best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

You'll find books like Llama, Llama, Red Pajama, Why Monkeys Swing in Trees, Why Elephant has a Trunk and many more. 

 This site provides very detailed plans for celebrating National Literacy Day in K-12 classrooms and includes topics on traditional reading and writing, learning centers, e-pals, and digital literacy.  

Michigan's Involvement in International Literacy Day:

    If you have the book Memoirs of a Goldfish, click here to download activities, posters, and templates.  Memoirs of a Goldfish is the 2011 Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book program. 

August 30th PD:  Instructional Routines for Literacy and Explicit Vocabulary Routine

I worked with secondary ELA and Social Studies teachers at this time, but if you'd like to see what we did, here is the slide show.  I'd be happy to answer any questions, provide any materials, or repeat the session for any interested teachers or staff members.  

Also see all documents on our Companion Wikispace

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