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International Literacy Day

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Literacy by Scoilnet

International Literacy Day takes place on the 8th September 2017. Celebrate it in the classroom by using apps, games and repurposing word lists.


Apps
Games
Word Lists

Choose apps that let your students be creative and which underpin the language experience approach.

Puppet Pals

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/puppet-pals-hd/id342076546?mt=8 Added: 13 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment / Tool

App that lets you create your own interactive and animated stories with audio. Choose various characters, backgrounds and other props. Requires iOS 6.1 or later.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
English

Strand: Writing

Strand unit: Developing Cognitive Ability through Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • write the significant details about an event or an activity

Suggestions for use: Connect the device with the App on it to the IWB so that the writing process and use of audio/photographs may be modelled by the teacher. Allow children to write collaboratively or in groups on a topic of their choice or based on a story they have read in class.

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Story Creator

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/sto...or-easy-story-book/id545369477?mt=8 Added: 13 Jun 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment / Tool

An easy-to-use story creating App that allows you to include your own photos on each page and/or record your own voice for interactive text to speech narration. Suitable for ios devices.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
English

Strand: Reading

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • build up a sight vocabulary of common words from personal experience, from experience of environmental print, and from books read

Suggestions for use: Use this app to support infants in reading and writing simple sentences and words based on a topic of interest to them.

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • choose topics for writing after conferring with the teacher

Suggestions for use: Children can choose a topic such as "My Pet" and create a multimedia story or report using images and audio they have produced. Works well as a collaborative activity.

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Explain Everything

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8# Added: 02 May 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Tool / App/software

Popular app that allows teachers and pupils to create presentations or record screencasts to demonstrate a concept. Combines linking, images, text and voice, so is pretty much a one-stop shop for student-created work. Also available for Android devices.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
JC
Supplementary Resources

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage. Add existing photos, objects, import PDF documents. Export MP4 movies or YouTube videos.

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage. Add existing photos, objects, import PDF documents. Export MP4 movies or YouTube videos.

Key Skills: Being Creative Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Literacy

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Cost: 1
Special Needs:

Book Creator

http://www.redjumper.net/bookcreator/ Added: 02 May 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Tool / App/software

App that allows users to create and publish iBooks with audio, video, text and graphics. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and more. Available for iPad and Android devices.

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3-4 5-6 JC Supplementary Resources
JC English

How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
JC
Supplementary Resources

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

JC
English

Strand: 03. Writing

Strand unit: 09. Engage in Writing Process (Personally)

Key Skills: Being Creative Managing Information and Thinking Literacy


Strand: Other Websites for English

Strand unit: 03. General English Websites

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Cost: 1
Special Needs:

Use games to stimulate interest either on the IWB or as a traditional group based activity.

sesame street early literacy games

http://www.sesamestreet.org/playlists#media/playlist_952 Added: 17 Aug 2014 Contributor: Lorraine Crowley Resource type: Game

website featuring games, videos and playlists for the teaching of early literacy skills, in particular phonics

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to isolate the beginning sound of a word or syllable
  • use knowledge of word order, illustration, context and initial letters to identify unknown words

Suggestions for use: use to recap on letter sounds taught

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Pirate Spelling

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/literacy/spelling/index.shtml Added: 24 Apr 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game

Help Max teach his parrot new words by choosing or writing the right letters to fill in the gaps in this fun online spelling activity. Easy, Medium or Hard can be chosen. Suitable for first/2nd class.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
English

Strand: Writing

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Digby Mole's Word Games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/words/dgi.shtml Added: 03 Jan 2012 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game

Levelled Games based around letter sounds and rhyming words. Great for: identifying initial and end consonant clusters. Games on initial sounds, end sounds and rhyming words.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Suggestions for use: Teacher can use this resource to compliment a phonics/rhyming lesson. Would be perfect for IWB.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Pora Ora - Educational Games

http://www.poraora.com/ Added: 12 Nov 2012 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game

Free 3D games and quests spanning Literacy, Maths, Geography and problem solving. The education content is embedded in the games and quests, many of which involve a race against the clock. (Registration required)

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1-2 3-4 English
3-4 5-6 Mathematics
5-6 SESE Geography

How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
English

Strand: Writing

Suggestions for use: Suitable for use during literacy station time. Good for children who need some practice decoding words when spelling.


Suggestions for use: Great game for developing typing skills as a whole class if class have access to computers or laptops. Put children in pairs and play against each other.

Strand: Reading

Suggestions for use: Excellent game for use with EAL and ESL students who are learning vocabulary associated with different categories.
Good game for reinforcing understanding of what 'categories' are.
Improving scanning and word identification skills.

3-4
5-6
Mathematics

Strand: Number

Strand unit: Comparing & Ordering

Suggestions for use: This game is ideal for individual play or in a small group, best on a tablet or PC / laptop. Otherwise it could be played by a group on the IWB


Strand: Number

Strand unit: Counting & Numeration

Suggestions for use: Children would benefit most by playing the game individually or in small groups if resources in the school allowed, failing that, the IWB could be utilised with a larger group or as part of station teaching.


Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Excellent starter to maths lesson.
Encourage children to complete one of the daily maths puzzles each time they log onto the computers during maths time.


Strand: Shape & Space

Strand unit: Lines & Angles

Suggestions for use: This game would be ideal for a small group with IWB or else tablets / laptops


Strand: Number

Strand unit: Operations

Suggestions for use: This game would be ideal for use individually or in small groups. Alternatively it could be put on the IWB and children put hands up to answer in succession.


Suggestions for use: The game could be played using the pen and the IWB, children taking turns, or else on tablets/computers.


Strand: Number

Strand unit: Place Value

Suggestions for use: This game is ideally played individually or in small groups in the class, if resources do not allow this then it could be a large group exercise on the IWB.

Strand: Shape & Space

Strand unit: Spatial Awareness

Suggestions for use: Early Finisher Activity.

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Mapping & Geog Skills

Suggestions for use: Individually on computer.
As a whole class tool on IWB during transitions/as a knowledge check at end of geography lesson.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Online flashcards to help keyword acquisition

http://www.quizlet.com/ Added: 03 Jun 2014 Contributor: Siobhan OSullivan Resource type: Assessment / Game / App/software

Simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free. Online flashcards and interactive games

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Supplementary Resources

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Students can enter key words and their definitions and then play a variety of games to learn them.

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Students can enter key words and their definitions and then play a variety of games to learn them.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Rights Url: http://quizlet.com/
Special Needs:

‘Homonym!’ – LSRW Activities | Web of Notes

http://webofnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/homonym-lsrw/ Added: 24 Jul 2014 Contributor: Web of Notes (@johncmurphy7) Resource type: Game / Lesson Plan / Role Play

LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) activities with 400 homonyms/homophones on cards. Includes PDFs and online slideshow of the cards, a score sheet, and details on how to use the cards for collaborative writing, improvisation, story chain and a game called 'Homonym!'.

I created the cards and wrote the post after being inspired by a TV game show called Homonym! featured on 30 Rock in which a contestant must define the homonym of a word spoken by the host (played by Steve Higgins).

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
English

Strand: Useful Websites

Key Skills: Being Creative Communicating Working with Others Literacy

SC
English

Strand: Useful Websites

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

Bring word lists to life by using them as a basis for playing games such as Bingo, Word snap, Go Fish or even Snakes and Ladders!

Fry's List of 1000 words

http://www.k12reader.com/Fry-Words/fry_complete_1000.pdf Added: 28 Aug 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment

A list of the most used words in reading and writing according to Fry. Ten levels with twenty-five words in each based on frequency of use and difficulty.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • build up a sight vocabulary of common words from personal experience, from experience of environmental print, and from books read

Suggestions for use: Use as an assessment activity, as part of a word wall or as a basis for playing word games. Alternatively use to stimulate the formation on sentences meaningful to the child and which draw on personal experience.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Dolch Sight Words

http://www.mrsperkins.com/dolch.htm Added: 19 Dec 2005 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game / Presentation / Other

A list of the 220 Dolch Sight Words, flash cards of each word, a powerpoint presentation for each group of words and a story containing all words.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Dolch Word Lists & Activities

http://www.dolch-words.com/dolch-word-list.html Added: 21 Mar 2007 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Other

This site contains Dolch Word lists, Dolch phrases, work sheets, flashcards and various activities to enhance the learning of Dolch words.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
English

Strand: Reading

Suggestions for use: This site contains Dolch Word lists, Dolch phrases, work sheets, flashcards and various activities to enhance the learning of Dolch words.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Visual & Auditory Discrimination, Word Grids & Phonological Awareness.

http://resources.teachnet.ie/jfarrell/literacy.htm Added: 09 Jan 2006 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Other

These excellent literacy printable resources were created for the emergent reader and and excellent resource to have as a Learning Support/Resource Teacher. Great ideas for teaching sight vocabulary. Winzip needed to download some files.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Oral Language

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Kenn Nesbitt's Online Rhyming Dictionary

http://www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Rhymes Added: 28 Jul 2005 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Tool

Interactive tool that will provide a list of words that rhyme with the one that's entered.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
English

Strand: Oral Language

Suggestions for use: Creating poetry is made easy through the provision of rhyming vocabulary that's sorted by syllables.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Phonics - Long a - ai, ay, Long o - oa, ow.

http://test.scoilnet.ie/Res/copy of johnomahony120899182719_2.htm Added: 18 Apr 2000 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment

Worksheets for teaching phonics. Contains word lists which may be used for spellings. Focuses on the Long a and long o sounds.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
English

Strand: Useful Websites

Strand: Useful Websites

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

World Book Web

Irish Literature

A great article about Irish literature from 400 AD to the early 2000's.

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