Storm Boy is an interactive adaptation of author Colin Thiele’s 1964 novel of the same name, a classic in its native Australia. Students can play Storm Boy the Game from Blowfish Studios on iOS or Android devices. Using the app, students guide the game’s hero—the good-natured Storm Boy—along a wild, windswept stretch of coastland. When he discovers a trio of abandoned pelican chicks, Storm Boy takes them home and cares for them. His father eventually demands the pelicans be returned to the sanctuary, but one—the cagey Mr. Percival—finds his way back, forming an unbreakable bond between boy and bird. Storm Boy’s tale unfolds like a children’s book come to life. Minigames peppered throughout the story help students see the world through the boy’s curious eyes. Students simply tap or swipe to swim underwater and explore breathtaking marine life or to slide down an endless sand dune. Playing fetch with Mr. Percival—and seeing him waddle after a ball and return it—is its own joy. Students don’t need to be familiar with Thiele’s award-winning book to be moved by Storm Boy. Cost: $2.99 for app
nothing more beautiful than the sound of children reading. That beautiful,
bright-eyed face that comes up to you seeing himself or herself as a reader
melts my heart. Knowing that you fostered that belief and gave that child a
gift that will never stop giving is truly magical.
Guided reading experts Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufrense provide teachers with clear, concise, and practical instructions and resources for planning and teaching developmentally appropriate word study and phonics lessons. Learn how students solve words, how to assess what students know and need to learn next, and what sequence, materials, and activities to use to help students excel. The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics works with the familiar Next Step Forward lesson plan framework from Richardson’s bestselling Next Step Forward in Guided Reading. It uses a gradual release-of-responsibility approach that guides students to independent word-solving; introduces readers to six approaches to phonics and word study; and presents more than 250 ready-to-use word study lessons, leveled from preA–Z.
This school year, The New York Times is offering a free, flexible, seven-unit writingcurriculum based on real-world genres found not just in The Times, but in all kinds of print and online sources. Woven into each unit are multiple opportunities for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences.