This Reader training resource is great for all Readers, all adults who work with children who have experienced trauma. Thanks for such fantastic community partners who help us provide and produce materials like this for our volunteers!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the classroom during the week of January 16-18. If you signed up for our Lunch & Learns on January 9, we will see you then.
Happy New Year!
ABC’s For Active Reading *
A- Ask questions
- Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?
- Ask your student to make a prediction about what could happen in the story based on the pictures.
- Ask your student to count the number of objects on the page, e.g., number of fish, cars, people, etc.
B- Build Vocabulary
- Ask what words mean.
- Connect words to pictures.
- Connect new words to words they already know.
- Look for sight words that your student is working on or pick a word that they need to know such as it, was, am, are, they and read and read that word whenever it appears.
- Have students identify rhyming words and ask them to think of other words that rhyme with that word.
C- Connect to the Student’s World
- Ask students what the story makes them think about.
- Ask the student how they are similar or different from
the characters in the story.
- Ask why characters in the book did what they did and
if they have ever made similar choices.
- Ask students if they could change the story, how would they make it different.
*Adapted from Read Charlotte
Strategies for Decoding Words
Chunk the word
- Look for a chunk you know (-ing, -and, -art)
- Look for a word part you know (be-,-er)
- Skip the word.
- Read to the end of the .sentence
- Go back and re-read it.
Stretch Out the Word
- Stretch the word out slowly.
- Put the sounds together to figure out the word.
Look at the Picture
- The picture can sometimes give clues to help figure out a word.
Get Your Lips Ready
- Say the first sounds of the word out loud.
Flip the Vowel Sound
- Try the other vowel sound.
- Flip a short sound for a long sound and vice versa.
Use fist bumps, high fives, and goofy words and phrases such as:
- Woo Hoo!
- Yippee Skippy!
- Hip, Hip, Hooray!
- Oh Yea!
- Knock my socks off!
- Crazy Good!
- Good Stuff!
Tips for Working with ELL Students
- Speak slower, not louder.
- Act out the words if possible.
- Use your phone to find photos or pictures of words in the book.
- Draw pictures or have your student draw pictures.
- Provide “wait time” allow your student time to process the text and your questions.
- Don’t rescue students when they struggle to speak. smile, relax your face and hands and wait.
- Know that ESL/ELL students may go through a “silent period” when they are afraid to speak. It will usually pass as they become more confident. Often their Lead to Read KC reading buddy is the first person they feel comfortable talking to.
|Banneker Elementary (Kansas City Public Schools)
7050 Askew Ave., Kansas City, MO
Boone Elementary (Center School District)
8817 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO
Crossroads Academy Central (Charter School)
1015 Central Street, Kansas City, MO
Crossroads Academy Quality Hill(Charter School)
1080 Washington, Kansas City, MO
Garfield Elementary (Kansas City Public School District)
436 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO
Wednesday 11:30, 12:15 12:20 12:30
Hope Leadership Academy (Charter School)
2800 East Linwood, Kansas City, MO
Indian Creek Elementary (Center School District)
9801 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO
Thursday 11:20 11:50 12:50
Longfellow Elementary (Kansas City Public School District)
2830 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO
Thursday 11:30, 11:40 12:00 12:10
M.L. King Elementary (Kansas City Public School District)
4848 Woodland Kansas City, MO
Phillips @ Attucks (Kansas City Public School District)
2400 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO
Tuesday 11:40 12:30
Primitivo Garcia Elementary (Kansas City Public School District)
1000 W 17th St, Kansas City, MO
Tuesday 11:40, 12:15
Troost Elementary (Kansas City Public School District)
1215 E 59th St, Kansas City, MO
Thursday 12:00 12:30
Whittier Elementary (Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools)
295 South 10th Street, Kansas City, KS
It’s United Way time. Please consider directing your donation to Lead to Read KC.
- Click on the Donor Direct link if using an online form, or ask the United Way campaign manager at your workplace for a “Donor Direct Form” at the time of your pledge.
- On the write-in section of the form, write in Lead to Read KC. Include the following address: 6022 North Strathbury, Kansas City, MO 64151
- Include Lead to Read KC’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) 82-1256215. You must include this number on the form.
- Indicate the amount of your pledge and then submit your form.
- Lead to Read KC will then receive the donation from United Way.
Questions? Contact Pauly Hart at: [email protected] or your local United Way campaign manager. Thanks!
Dear Community Partner:
|We are pleased to announce that Lead to Read KC has received its own 501c3 designation, positioning us to even better serve Kansas City students who are living in compromised socioeconomic situations. Lead to Read KC will be expanding its board of directors to guide us in raising funds and developing our organization so that we can maximize our service to Kansas City children.|
Recently, Lead to Read KC was among the literacy organizations that helped Kansas City earn The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s “All-American City Award” for its efforts to improve early literacy, an initiative promoted by Turn the Page KC.
Lead to Read KC began its reading crusade six years ago; we have served more than 2,000 students and engaged thousands of adults in improving third grade literacy. Working with limited funds and staffing, Lead to Read KC has been the boots on the ground in the city-wide effort to improve reading skills in our urban core. And along the way, we have developed a volunteer organization that has endeared itself to dozens of businesses and organizations in Kansas City.
Our commitment is real, our success is remarkable and with your help, our possibilities are endless!
Thank you for your ongoing support of Lead to Read KC.
Together we are creating a community of readers, one lunch hour at a time.
Below are the final reading dates for Lead to Read KC. As part of our end-of-year reading celebrations, we will
have books, ice cream and ice cream trucks in some locations. Stay tuned for details. We are already planning
for next school year, and we’re counting on you to join us! Please make note of your last day of reading, which
is also the date for your end-of-year reading celebration.
- Banneker Elementary, Wednesday, May 3
- Boone Elementary, Thursday, May 4
- Crossroads Academy, Thursday, May 11
- Garcia Elementary, Tuesday, April 25
- Garfield Elementary, Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday May 11
- Hope Leadership Academy, Wednesday, May 10
- Indian Creek Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 & 27
- King Elementary Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday April 26 and Thursday, April 27
- Longfellow Elementary, Thursday, May 4
- Phillips @ Attucks, Tuesday, May 2
- Troost Elementary, Wed May 3 and Thurs, May 4
- Whittier Elementary Tuesday, May 9
Ellen Donaldson is our new School Engagement Coordinator. She will be working closely with teachers and volunteers to facilitate reading sessions. Her entire thirty year teaching career was spent in the Grandview School District educating first and second graders. She has a Masters Degree from UMKC in Reading Instruction. She taught more than 600 students how to read during her career as a elementary school teacher. Ellen is excited to work with students, teachers, and volunteers to help improve third grade literacy in our community.
If you need tips for reading with your student, book title suggestions, or if you’re a teacher or site coordinator with questions – email her at [email protected]