Implementing the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block

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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 Reading Foundations Skills Block: the overall structure, how time is used within the hour of instruction, what students do during Whole Group instruction and during differentiated Small Group instruction and Independent work, how the design of the Skills block reflects grade level reading and language standards, what assessments look like, how the K-2 Skills Block supports and complements the work from the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum (module lessons and Labs), what a day in the Skills Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

Reading and writing are ultimately about understanding. In order to gain and show that understanding independently, students need to be able to “crack the code” of written language. In the primary years, they need systematic and specific instruction in the basics of reading and writing—so that they acquire strong and automatic knowledge of letters and sounds. 

Because of this widely recognized need, EL Education has created the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block (K-2 Skills Block). The intent is to ensure that, by the end of Grade 2, students acquire the depth of skills they need in the Reading Foundations standards in order to be able to navigate grade-level text independently. The lessons and assessments explicitly address the CCSS Reading Foundations standards as well as some Language standards associated with spelling and letter formation. 

At the primary grades, EL Education’s comprehensive language arts curriculum consists of three hours per day of instruction: the K-2 module lessons, the K-2 Labs, and the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. Three hours for literacy is a lot of time—and well worth it. Building strong literacy skills and knowledge in the primary years is key to ongoing success in school and life. All three hours address the fundamental needs of primary learners for learning and joy. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Skills Block. 

To read more about the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block, 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 Reading Foundations Skills Block: the overall structure, how time is used within the hour of instruction, what students do during Whole Group instruction and during differentiated Small Group instruction and Independent work, how the design of the Skills block reflects grade level reading and language standards, what assessments look like, how the K-2 Skills Block supports and complements the work from the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum (module lessons and Labs), what a day in the Skills Block looks like, and Frequently Asked Questions. 

Reading and writing are ultimately about understanding. In order to gain and show that understanding independently, students need to be able to “crack the code” of written language. In the primary years, they need systematic and specific instruction in the basics of reading and writing—so that they acquire strong and automatic knowledge of letters and sounds. 

Because of this widely recognized need, EL Education has created the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block (K-2 Skills Block). The intent is to ensure that, by the end of Grade 2, students acquire the depth of skills they need in the Reading Foundations standards in order to be able to navigate grade-level text independently. The lessons and assessments explicitly address the CCSS Reading Foundations standards as well as some Language standards associated with spelling and letter formation. 

At the primary grades, EL Education’s comprehensive language arts curriculum consists of three hours per day of instruction: the K-2 module lessons, the K-2 Labs, and the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. Three hours for literacy is a lot of time—and well worth it. Building strong literacy skills and knowledge in the primary years is key to ongoing success in school and life. All three hours address the fundamental needs of primary learners for learning and joy. 

This document helps teachers understand the why, as well as the concrete what and how, of the K-2 Skills Block. 

To read more about the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block, please download the guidance document. 

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