Fifth Grade

Here are some of the original reading links I acquired.

I planned to look through them all first, but thought I’ put them here since time in the year is short. I hope you find helpful links.

I will be reviewing them and removing unusable/discontinued  links as I can.



Collaborating Organizations Early Literacy 
Topical Resources
Literacy Resources
Early Literacy


Putting It All Together:
Guided Reading in
a Comprehensive
Literacy Classroom

August 6 – 8, 2001
Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT

You can access this online at

Welcome teachers and literacy specialists. This web site was created to provide you with easy access to a myriad of research and resources available online about guided reading, comprehensive literacy, and components of effective early literacy instruction.  If you have other favorite links to add to these pages as your study of literacy continues, feel free to email your suggestions to Julie Coiro, so that this resource can provide a common place from which to exchange successful lessons and inspire new ideas.

Collaborating Organizations

Find out more about the following organizations that worked together to bring you this summer institute.

·         Literacy Initiative and Urban Initiative from the Special Education Resource Center (SERC)

·         Office of Priority Schools and Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction from Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)

·         Early Reading Success Demonstration Site – Haskins Laboratories

·         Connecticut’s Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs): ACES, CREC, CES, EASTCONN, Education Connection, and LEARN

This web site is intended to enhance public access to information related to the components of comprehensive literacy and practices in literacy instruction. Not all web sites are necessarily supported by research and descriptions of, or references to, anything within these pages, does not constitute endorsement of their services by any or all of the organizations collaborating on the Summer Institute.

Early Literacy Topical Resources

Oral Language and Literacy

Phonological Awareness


Shared Reading

Guided Reading

Word Solving

Leveling Books


Independent Reading


Motivation and Literacy

    • Book Adventure: A free, reading incentive program dedicated to encouraging kids in grades K-8 to read from the more than 5,000 of the most popular and acclaimed titles.
    • Refer to the K-5 Language Arts Links from Tucson, Arizona to help find Internet resources for reading that will inspire students with a wide range of interests.
    • Motivate readers with constantly updated reading materials from Weekly Reader and Scholastic NewsZone
Comprehensive Literacy Resources

·  Connecticut’s Blueprint for Reading Achievement: The Report of the Early Reading Success Panel, Connecticut State Department of Education


Clearinghouse/Literacy can be accessed at:

. The IDA also has developed Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (2010) at

·  ProTeacher’s Literacy Resources: Tons of activity ideas for all aspects of literacy tested in real classrooms and access to the Busy Teacher’s Literacy Bulletin Board.

·  Patricia Cunningham’s   Sifting and Sorting Through the 4-Blocks Literacy Model, a  popular and ever-growing series of articles and much more about the components of good literacy instruction written by Cheryl Sigmon, one of the creators of the 4 Blocks Literacy Model.


·  K-2 Balanced Literacy Pack from Jordan School District in Utah: Although this professional development web site from Utah uses the term balanced literacy, it includes extensive resources for helping teachers effectively integrate the various stages of reading and writing instruction used in a comprehensive literacy classroom. Resources include training handouts, opportunities for online collaboration and many valuable Internet resources.

·  Balanced Literacy Components from Tucson, Arizona.  Brief summaries of important concepts to remember about reading and writing instruction.  Includes shared and guided reading, strategy instruction, word identification skills, text selection, classroom management and much more.  Also links to outlines that describes these components at the middle and high school level.

·  Early Childhood Technology Literacy Project from Montgomery County Public Schools in Marylandlearn more about how to integrate technology into instruction and increase early childhood students’ skills in reading and writing

·  What’s Dot’s Secret?: Read  Dottie Fowler’s translation of  findings from the report “How to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children” into practical strategies that will help her students learn to read.

·  Literacy Links from Literacy Leadership in New Zealand: Though many links are specific to programs in New Zealand, this list includes lots of information about quality literacy instruction.

·  Apprenticeship in Literacy: Transitions Across Reading and Writing by Linda J. Dorn, Cathy French, and Tammy Jones.  The entire text of this wonderful resource about components of literacy is available online to read.  Visit Stenhouse Publishers online to read many other incredible literacy texts.

Early Literacy Research & Documents

State Comprehensive Literacy Initiatives: Compare Connecticut’s interpretation of comprehensive literacy with similar documents developed in other states.

·         Connecticut’s Blueprint for Reading Achievement

·         California’s Teaching Reading : A Balanced, Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Reading in Prekindergarten Through Grade Three

·         North Carolina’s Reading Strand Components of Language Arts Curriculum:  Includes some helpful information about the crucial components of engagement and motivation.

·         Idaho’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan

Relevant Literacy Research: Read some of the most up-to-date findings about effective literacy instruction for early readers.

Early Literacy Organizations: Find out more about comprehensive literacy frameworks from these important organizations.

Staff Development in Literacy: Learn more about literacy coaching and job-embedded mentoring.

·  National Staff Development Council (NSDC)

·  Association for Curriculum and Development (ASCD): includes an online tutorial titled Phonics /Whole Language, an article titled The Good Mentor, and a link to its sister site Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network

·  Ohio Literacy Initiative: A Basic Framework for Literacy Development

This page was last revised  by Julie Coiro on July 11, 2001






Algebra Manipulatives    

Computing Technology for Math Excellence is devoted to resources for teaching and learning mathematics (K-12 and calculus), technology integration, and the standards movement in education.  CT4ME’s major ongoing project is to identify Common Core math resources for teaching and learning.

This link gives you hundreds of pdf files for Harcourt worksheets (from reteach to challenge levels)   There is no charge.


Virtual Math Manipulatives from Harcourt







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