This collection includes literacy resources that are useful for early childhood educators. It includes curricula (such as comprehension lessons from www.FreeReading.net), as well as extension activities to incorporate into your literacy instruction (such as podcasting).

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Literacy is Priceless

by Anna Batchelder

Welcome to Literacy is Priceless! As a technology, literacy and reading enthusiast, I am always sharing fun and free reading resources on the web with my colleagues and friends. This blog is my attempt to share useful ideas, activities and downloads with teachers across the globe. I hope you find the blog posts useful and I welcome you to post your teaching stories and great-teaching-finds-on-the-web as well! Sincerely, Anna Founder, Bon Education Twitter: @Bon_Education
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Pre K- K Reading List

by Brian McNeal

Recommended books for students in Pre K- K
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Early Readers Level 1

by Ann Marie Grumm

A list of over 25 Early Readers containing few words per page that provide children with a satisfying reading-on-their-own-for-the-first-time experience. Tried and true, I've used these particular titles to set kids on the road to reading. In fact, this list includes a few titles from the series, "Road to Reading." Read one of these books to a child and then have the child bring the book home to read or retell to mommy/daddy/caretaker. Two pages, portrait, to be printed front and back and folded lenghthwise. Includes a title page. Modify to meet your needs.
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Early Readers Level 2

by Ann Marie Grumm

These books provide early readers with a little bit more challenge than the level one books. These books have an average of two sentences per page. Landscape, 2 columns, when printed on both sides will provide a bibliography on one half a sheet of paper.
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The unit includes key comprehension skills, such as Main Idea and Making Inferences. Each concept has a series of three lessons: Introduce, Reintroduce, and Build Mastery. There are also useful graphic organizers to go along with some lessons. This collection is shared by http://www.freereading.net FreeReading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing literacy development for grades K-3. Schools and teachers everywhere can use the complete, research-based 40 week program for K-1 students, or use the library of lessons to supplement existing curricula in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. The site is also filled with free, downloadable materials including flashcards, graphical organizers, illustrated readers, decodable texts, audio files, videos and more. In this collection, you will find lessons on * Author's Purpose * Fact and Opinion * Cause and Effect * Compare and Contrast * Identifying Details * Main Idea * Making Inferences * Predictions * Purpose for Reading * Sequencing * Visualization * Story Elements You will also find a large collection of graphic organizers.
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Podcast Collection

by Judy Scharf

The culmination of any research unit can be an audio podcast. Students will learn to create a podcast, insert appropriate sounds and background music, and learn about copyright laws as well. All software used is free, and can be dowloaded for home use.
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