Question: What Does Evidence-Based Small Group Literacy Instruction Look Like?

Nov 5, 2021 1:30:00 PM
Question: What Does Evidence-Based Small Group Literacy Instruction Look Like?

Hi Literacy Lovers,

We recently podcasted with a second grade teacher who shares how she uses small group time to provide evidence-based instruction based on student needs. Her best advice? KEEP. IT. SIMPLE!

Speaking of keeping it simple, we aim to keep it simple with this newsletter, too… Each week, we’ll share our most recent podcast episode, along with articles to share information about how students learn to read, and a resource to use right away. We’re so glad you’re here to learn with us! 

Listen to this

Our recent podcast episode with Lindsay Kemeny, second grade teacher (read her blog here!), provides a deep dive into her small group instruction time. She discusses informal and formal assessments, how she uses data to determine small groups, and center options for practicing reading and writing. Lindsay also shares how she has been using Sound Walls over the past few years!

Listen to the podcast episode for best Science of Reading based tips.  

Read this

Lindsay shares about her evidence-based practices, but we also want to share some information on practices that are NOT evidence-based that you might still see happening in schools. The three cueing systems approach (popularly known as MSV) is common in early reading instruction but it is not in keeping with evidence on how children learn to read. Wondering why the three cueing system (MSV) is ineffective? Read this article to find out why: 10 Reasons the Three-Cueing system (MSV) Is Ineffective.

Try this (free resource!)

Lindsay mentions the use of this (free to teachers) resource: Epic Books! Melissa has been reading these online books with her 3-year old Elliot, and he LOVES them! Especially the dinosaur books!

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