Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K to 3

Documents

K-3 Literacy EssentialsThe purpose of early literacy essentials for grades K through third is to improve children’s literacy in Michigan. Professional development throughout the state can focus on this set of research-supported literacy instructional practices for daily use in the classroom. Emphasis is on the younger elementary child since literacy knowledge and skills developed in these early grades predict later literacy achievement.

Early elementary education can help improve literacy proficiency outcomes. Expert research suggests that each of the 10 practices outlined in this document can have a positive impact on literacy development.

The use of these practices in every Michigan classroom every day can make a measurable, positive difference in the state’s literacy achievement.


Essential Practices in Early Literacy K-3 Self-ReflectionThis Self-Reflection and Planning Guide contains supportive resources for Michigan educators to use as they self-reflect on their implementation and use of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K to 31 and plan for their professional growth. Use of the reflection tool in collaboration with a literacy coach can maximize impact for the teacher.

This Self-Reflection and Planning Guide is not intended to be used as part of an evaluation process.

This document is intended to be read in concert with Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy, Prekindergarten. There is important overlap and continuity in these two documents, and some children will benefit from instructional practices identified in the prekindergarten document beyond the prekindergarten year

Videos of Sample Practices

K-3 Essential 1

K-3 Essential 1, Bullet 1: Goal Setting Sample Video

K-3 Essential 1, Bullet 2: Choices in Reading and Writing Sample Video

K-3 Essential 1, Bullet 3: Collaboration Sample Video

K-3 Essential 1, Bullet 4: Writing for a Purpose Sample Video

K-3 Essential 1, Bullet 5: Motivation Sample Video

K-3 Essential 2

K-3 Essential 2, Bullet 1: Conceptually-Related Read Alouds Sample Video

K-3 Essential 2, Bullet 3: Vocabulary in Read Alouds Sample Video

K-3 Essential 2, Bullet 4: Higher-order Discussions Sample Video

K-3 Essential 2, Bullet 5: Instructional Strategies During Read Alouds Sample Video

K-3 Essential 3

K-3 Essential 3, Bullet 2: Coaching Reading in Small Groups Sample Video

K-3 Essential 3, Bullet 3: Small Group Fluency Instruction Sample Video

K-3 Essential 3, Bullet 4: Small Group Literacy Strategies Sample Video

K-3 Essential 4

K-3 Essential 4, Bullet 1: Rhyming & Blending Sample Video

K-3 Essential 4, Bullet 2: Sorting Pictures by Sound Sample Video

K-3 Essential 4, Bullet 3: Sound Boxes Sample Video

K-3 Essential 4, Bullet 4: Blending Sounds in Words Sample Video

K-3 Essential 4, Bullet 5: Spelling with Sounds Sample Video

K-3 Essential 5

K-3 Essential 5, Instruction in Letter-Sound Relationships Sample Video

K-3 Essential 5, Assessment Sample Video

K-3 Essential 6

K-3 Essential 6, Bullet 1: Interactive Writing Experience Sample Video

K-3 Essential 6, Bullets 2&4: Daily Writing Opportunities Sample Video

K-3 Essential 6, Bullet 3: Writing Strategy Instruction Sample Video

K-3 Essential 6, Bullet 4: Mentor Texts Sample Video

K-3 Essential 6, Bullet 5: Instruction in Capitalization, Letter Formation, and Sentence Construction Sample Video

K-3 Essential 7

K-3 Essential 7, Bullet 1: Intentional Vocabulary Building Sample Video

K-3 Essential 7, Bullets 2&3: Vocabulary in Read Aloud Sample Video

K-3 Essential 7, Bullets 3&4: Vocabulary in Content-Area Discussion Sample Video

K-3 Essential 7, Bullet 5: Morphology Sample Video

K-3 E7 - Playlist & Individual Videos

K-3 Essential 8

K-3 Essential 8: Providing Access to a Wide Range of Texts Sample Video

K-3 Essential 8: Organizing and Presenting Reading Materials Sample Video

K-3 E8 Supporting Independent Reading Sample Video

K-3 E8 Playlist - Playlist & Individual Videos

K-3 Essential 9

K-3 Essential 9, Bullet 2 Observation Sample Video

K-3 Essential 9, Bullet 3&4 Assessment Sample Video

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K to 3: Essential 9 - Playlist & Individual Videos

K-3 Essential 10

K-3 Essential 10, Bullets 1-5: Teacher Interview Video

K-3 Essential 10, Bullets 1-5: Parent Interview Video

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K to 3: Essential 10 - Playlist & Individual Videos