Slowing the Summer Slide–Part I: Literacy

summer slide, reading, literacySummer is nearly here!

While kids may be rejoicing about the prospect of a summer break, parents and educators may wonder what they can do to combat the dreaded “Summer Slide”–a time when many students lose or forget the skills they learned during the school year.

As all educators know, kids who are already below grade level in their reading are especially at risk when summer break hits.

Summertime and the Reading Is Easy?

During the school year, struggling readers may receive more hands-on help from teachers and supplemental digital programs like Imagine Language & Literacy. But all bets are off once kids leave for the summer break.

For one thing, not all parents have the luxury of being at home with kids during the summer months.

What’s more–daycare, summer camps, and even summer school can be expensive for a lot of families. Even parents who work may not have the means to fight the summer slide in the traditional ways.

So, what’s a parent to do? Read more »

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Announcing Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

2017 Imagine Learning Limerick Contest, winners, winning limericks

Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets–and every year, the contest is harder to judge!

Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner.

In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year’s theme: “My Favorite Subject.”

Congratulations, students–your limericks were amazing.

The Winning Limericks

Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S–by far the most entries received. Great job, students! Read more »

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Are You a Lucky Limerick Writer? Enter Our 2017 Contest

Who writes limericks these days—a clever leprechaun, perhaps?

While we don’t know about leprechauns, we can tell you this: it’s time for Imagine Learning’s annual limerick contest, starring YOU—students from our partner schools across the country.

So, what is a limerick, anyway? Here’s an example:

You really don’t need to nitpick
when you write down your first limerick.
Just think of our theme,
Then, take time to dream.
Your rhyme’s sure to dazzle St. Patrick!

Now that you have a general idea of what a limerick is, watch The Limerick Song (below) to learn all the rules of limerick writing.

 

You can also view this video directly on Vimeo. Next–on to the rules! Read more »

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Meeting the Needs of Secondary Newcomer ELLs Through A Rigorous Curriculum

A guest post 

Teresa Vignaroli, ELL Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia; Julie Baye, ELL School Improvement and Accountability Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia; Giuliana Jahnsen Lewis, ELL Staff Development Trainer, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia

Imagine Learning now publishes monthly guest posts in order to stimulate conversations about K12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author(s) and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning.

 

Imagine Learning secondary ELLs blog photo of Kandahari girls Vignaroli and Jahnsen LewisLike many other districts in the nation, Loudoun County Public Schools has experienced an influx of older English Language Learners (ELLs).

Currently, nearly twenty-seven percent of our high school ELLs are proficiency level 1 students; forty-five percent are combined proficiency levels 1 and 2 students.

These students bring a myriad of situations and challenges that include varying ethnic backgrounds, low socioeconomic status, differing levels of formal education, and special needs status.

The varying language learner types and their unique needs indicate that there is no one-size-fits-all service delivery model nor one intervention that addresses, in its entirety, the best practices in service delivery models for high school ELLs.

Research, however, indicates that ELLs must have access to standards-aligned curriculum that is rigorous and grade-level appropriate. Read more »

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Content Spotlight: Finding Evidence

Imagine Learning blog on Finding Evidence suiteAs we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, our Fall 2015 content update introduced a variety of new language and literacy activities for children. We’ll discuss two more of them below.

Today’s content spotlight focuses on the Finding Evidence activity suite, which introduces new literacy skills that cover even more state standards.

These activities teach upper-grade elementary students what evidence is and and how to find appropriate evidence to support the author’s claim.

The Finding Evidence suite consists of two separate activities, What’s Your Evidence and Evidence Needed. Here’s how each activity works: Read more »

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