Parent Resources

External Resource Links for Instructional Planning

Nitsitapiisinni Stories and Spaces: weaves threads of connection between children, elders, plants, landscapes and the stories that bind them together which provide an opportunity to explore our own connection to the land and one another. 

ReadWriteThink (K-12): Lessons, interactives, and activities.

Choice Boards: Provide students with a choice of "how" to learn a particular subject or concept. Some examples include: Angela Stockman's Four Story ChallengesCatlin Tucker's Offline Choice Boards and Pernille Ripp's Choose Your Own Adventure.

Poetry in Voice (6-12): A Canadian site inspiring students to read, recite, and write poetry in both English and French. Try some of their workshops such as I Woke Up Today or Dive in Deeper (a set of guided questions and videos that allow for deep investigation and suggested writing activities).

Comprehensive Literacy Guides (K-6): These 11 Alberta-based learning guides provide understanding and planning related to areas such as Small Group ReadingPhonological AwarenessWord Work and more.

Two Writing Teachers: A blog with contributions from eight writing teachers, chock full of high impact writing lessons such as: Getting to Know Your Writers, Authentic Purposes for WritingFeedback that Moves Writers.

Once Upon a Picture: Image prompts that can be used to teach reading skills and prompt creative writing. Try The Jar Wizard or Diamond in the Rough.

The Literacy Shed: A collection of videos and pictures to prompt telling or writing of stories.

Thinking Strategies Placemat (5-12): Amazing list of disciplinary literacy strategies compliled by Alberta literacy experts designed to have students process, think and learn. 

Jarrett Lerner: Author/illustrator posts a series of fillable and printable comic book templates and drawing/writing prompts such as Finish This Comic  or Create Your Own Restaurant.

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