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Implementing the K-2 Labs

Curriculum Overview Documents

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EL Education

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  • Curriculum

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Language Arts Curriculum Resources

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Labs: what the five labs are, how each lab supports student learning, how the Labs hour is structured, how Labs reinforce and extend work from the module lessons, what work students do during Labs, how unfold over the course of an entire module in order to build students’ independence, what a day in Labs looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

The K–2 Language Arts Curriculum consists of three hours per day of instruction: the Module Lessons and K-2 Labs (which together are the two hours of content-based literacy in K–2), and the separate Reading Foundations Skills Block. This is your introduction to Labs. 

The K-2 Labs are an important feature of the K–2 curriculum because they deepen students’ learning on the module topic. They are designed to help teachers ensure that all of their students get the time to play and explore, become immersed in oral language and content knowledge, and practice skills and habits of character that they need—both to live joyfully and to be fully successful and proficient. 

Labs are one hour long and are complementary to module lessons. These two hours of content-based literacy instruction work together to accelerate the achievement of all students. 

The K-2 Labs are designed for six weeks of instruction within an eight- to nine-week module. This design allows teachers to use their discretion to flexibly schedule the Labs to best meet the needs of their classroom. Teachers may choose to spend that hour during those additional two to three weeks on such things as solidifying structures and routines, providing additional “spill-over” time to address learning targets from module lessons, providing additional instructional time for English language learners (ELLs), or for additional explicit language instruction. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K–2 Labs.

To read more about the K-2 Labs, please download the guidance document.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Curriculum

Type

Language Arts Curriculum Resources

This guidance document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Labs: what the five labs are, how each lab supports student learning, how the Labs hour is structured, how Labs reinforce and extend work from the module lessons, what work students do during Labs, how unfold over the course of an entire module in order to build students’ independence, what a day in Labs looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

The K–2 Language Arts Curriculum consists of three hours per day of instruction: the Module Lessons and K-2 Labs (which together are the two hours of content-based literacy in K–2), and the separate Reading Foundations Skills Block. This is your introduction to Labs. 

The K-2 Labs are an important feature of the K–2 curriculum because they deepen students’ learning on the module topic. They are designed to help teachers ensure that all of their students get the time to play and explore, become immersed in oral language and content knowledge, and practice skills and habits of character that they need—both to live joyfully and to be fully successful and proficient. 

Labs are one hour long and are complementary to module lessons. These two hours of content-based literacy instruction work together to accelerate the achievement of all students. 

The K-2 Labs are designed for six weeks of instruction within an eight- to nine-week module. This design allows teachers to use their discretion to flexibly schedule the Labs to best meet the needs of their classroom. Teachers may choose to spend that hour during those additional two to three weeks on such things as solidifying structures and routines, providing additional “spill-over” time to address learning targets from module lessons, providing additional instructional time for English language learners (ELLs), or for additional explicit language instruction. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K–2 Labs.

To read more about the K-2 Labs, please download the guidance document.

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