PRIMARY READING - FLUENCY ELEMENT
Read and understand familiar and unfamiliar words and phrases, and expand vocabulary.
FLUENCY DESCRIPTOR – STEP 2
Decode unfamiliar vocabulary supported by key visuals.
STRUCTURES THAT SUPPORT THIS PRACTICE
  • Gradual release of responsibility
  • 100 minute Literacy block
  • 3 part lessons
  • Highly visual classroom environment
  • Flexible groupings
  • Multiple opportunities with texts
  • Learning goals/success criteria have visual components
  • Descriptive and timely feedback structures to support for and as learning
  • Sensory support for every lesson
TOOLS
  • Personal dictionary/vocabulary notebook, organized by theme, with relevant words supported with visuals and/or L1
  • Use of choral repetition of new words/phrases; use of chants/songs to help with rhythm/cadence/intonation patterns of English language
  • Use of cloze technique with "song lyrics so students can listen for missing words"
  • Availability of dual language books
  • Phonics anchor charts for sound-symbol connections
  • Word walls to include word lists and phrases relevant to specific concepts (include examples of the words in context)
  • Continue building basic sight vocabulary through the use of familiar pattern books, picture books
  • Use of known words to facilitate connections with common sound-symbol patterns
  • Match sentences and/or words to pictures
  • Use a language experience approach to introduce new vocabulary
  • Technology - Software: Comic Life, Bitstrips for schools, Tumblebooks
  • Technology - Hardware: Document camera, projector, SMARTboard, tablets, computers, microphone
  • Technology - Websites: Bitstripsforschools, cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com, VoiceThread, RAZ-kids, SMART exchange, Ontario Education Resource Bank (OERB)
  • Technology - Apps: Explain Everything, Educreations, Aurasma, Audioboo, ChatterPix, coolappsforschools.wikispaces.com

VIDEO CLIPS
POLICY DOCUMENT CONNECTIONS
Supporting English Language Learners Practical Guide Grades 1-8 (2008) p.57

Many Roots, Many Voices: Supporting English Language Learners in all classrooms (2005)

Growing Success pp.76-78