Monday, September 8, 2014

3, 2, 1...Lift Off to International Literacy Day!

We are ready for International Reading Day! In support of the International Reading Association's reading initiative-Lift Off to Literacy: International Reading Day-my students and I are committing to add an extra 60 seconds of reading and writing to our sessions for 60 days. I needed a plan in place to help us stay on track and committed to this celebration of reading. Below are some photos of how I have organized our next 60 days.
Be sure to check back often as I will post follow-up posts to share our learning and to keep us accountable to our 60 day commitment!

Monday - Friday Schedule

Monday:  60 second read aloud of Kenny and the Dragon

Tuesday: 60 Seconds of Reading Poetry

Wednesday: 60 Seconds of Writing 
(Students add more to their story every Wednesday for 60 seconds)

Thursday: Would You Rather...
(Students will be asked a question, they will share their thoughts and support their opinion and then post their name beside which choice they would rather do)
Friday: 3, 2, 1, Lift Off!
(Students reflect on their week of learning...on a post it note they write
3 things they learned, 2 things interesting, and 1 lingering question)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NCRA supports International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, September 8, 2014, is celebrated annually by the International Reading Association (IRA) and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. IRA estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. NCRA recognizes the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults worldwide and hopes you-our members-will focus attention in your classroom, school, and community on literacy issues in celebration of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme, “Lift Off to Literacy,” inspires students to  reach for the stars.  You can visit for more information

For your convenience, I have provided the ILD Kit  below for download. However, It is suggested that you register for the ILD Kit as it helps IRA monitor the number of participants.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

B2S: Top 15 Mentor Texts

Are you in need of some mentor text to help establish your classroom community? Check out my post on Literacy Tweets  to see my Top 15 back to school mentor texts. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

NCRA Open Membership 2014-2015

Many of the schools within our council area have a NCRA representative within their school facility. The school reps will be receiving a NCRA membership folder by the first week in August. Even schools with no NCRA representative on file will be receiving a membership folder. Those principals are asked to find someone in their school that would be willing to support and promote NCRA. However, if you have difficulty acquiring this information please contact, and we will be sure you receive the information you need.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A New Year...A New Look!

The NCRA officers are currently working to plan and prepare for this upcoming year. One important goal for this year is to provide more current information, here, on our website. In the past, our intentions were great but follow through was staggered. With a new tech plan in place, we hope to provide information regarding upcoming sessions and NCRA/TRA resources on a more regular basis. Please bookmark us as one of your "favorites"-we hope to live up to that as the year and the site progresses.

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