Making a Quilt

Quilts do more than just provide warmth. Some tell stories of long journeys or serve as an outlet for artistic expression, while others are given as gifts.

In the story, Making a Quilt, the main character learns how to make a quilt from her grandma. After carefully following her grandma’s instructions, she creates her own beautiful quilt.

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Have your students create their own quilts using the templates and tutorials below:

Templates based off the book:

 

Make a Quilt, student template Make your own quilt design template

Make a Quilt, Irish Chain pattern, student template

Make a Quilt, Irish Chain pattern, teacher template

Make your own quilt design template 

 

Other ideas and tutorials:

Geometry for Kids: Nine-Square Paper Quilt Design

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(via buggyandbuddy.com)

 

Geometry for Kids: Quilt Activity Using Triangles

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(via buggyandbuddy.com)

 

Classic Kids Craft: Paper Weaving

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(via makeandtakes.com)

 

 

 

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Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension

This Reading Mama lists 5 simple ways to improve reading comprehension and  her experience in using SNAP Learning to meet comprehension goals.

For children who struggle as readers (and even for those who don’t), comprehension is a big deal. And it starts from the very beginning. Before kids even open the book, we need to encourage them to think about what they are going to read. We can ask them to read the title or look at the cover, maybe even the Table of Contents. What is the topic? What do they already know about the topic? What do they think will happen in the story, based off what they know?

Using background knowledge is also vital as the child reads the text. What would I do in that situation? Has that happened to me before? I remember the time that… These thought patterns rely on what the child already knows to help them comprehend and make sense of the text.

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How Can Technology Help With Literacy?

Early correction of literacy issues is critical to ensure future educational success of a student.

With schools and educators constantly aligning their literacy curriculum to student’s unique needs, it’s not surprising to see more technology tools being used to facilitate ease and effectiveness of reading literacy.

653186298_origBelow are some ways in which today’s tools are being aligned to various aspects of reading and literacy. If your student needs help with any of the following aspects of reading, there may be one or more technology solutions which can provide the additional support they need.

Phonetic Assistance: Apps and tools that provide students with the ability to sound out or listen to how the word is said. Any reading program that comes with in-built audio support can help students improve their phonic awareness. An additional plus would be a speech tool that allowed a student to record their own reading practice for an adult or teacher to later listen and review.

Fluency: Fluency depends on regular reading practice, as fluency requires a reasonable speed of reading without too many missteps, along with correct pause and emphasis. Read along digital books, with each word highlighted as it is read, are excellent tools for students to follow and practice fluency reading.  Further flexibility to replay text at the paragraph, sentence and word level, can help encourage self-learning amongst students who require frequent assistance.

Vocabulary: Embedded tools which enable a student to know and learn the meaning and usage of a word such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, etc., all help provide quick access at the time when the student is actively seeking information.

Word Recognition: Games like flashcards, crosswords, hangman can help a student recognize new words and reinforce meaning. When these games and interactivities are used in coordination with a digital reading program, they can help bring valuable attention to specific words from a grade level list.

Comprehension: Inference exercises, summaries and questions are all ways educators determine the comprehension levels of student. Interactivities such as fill-in-the-blanks, word maps, choosing the correct central idea in a para, etc., all serve as indicators of comprehension.

If you’ve been looking for a reading program that combines multiple teaching tools and techniques, consider the SNAP Digital Reading Program.

This program provides learners with sight words supported by audio pronunciation, touch and view glossary for complex words, voice-over directions for each page and both printable PDF books as well as digital ebooks with built-in fluency, comprehension, & assessments.