Fantasy Tale Encouraging Children to Explore Their Creativity
A rumor of magic, a glimpse of the impossible, a door to a world where the imagined is real … The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor is an interactive book series and app from All Play, No Work, designed for creative minds and busy hands. A fantasy tale in the tradition of Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor is about rediscovering the joy of reading. The intent of the developers is to inspire children (of all ages) to explore their creativity and flex their imagination in new ways. Most of all, they want to bring “play” to storytelling. More than 30 minutes of story and activities are in Book 1; 60 to 90 minutes in each of Books 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The story follows the adventures of three children—all misfits, but each with special talents they can’t quite control. Oliver is an orphan who loves to draw; Celia is a confident and gifted writer, and Eugene is a sci-fi nerd who loves making gadgets. The children win a trip to Weirdwood Manor to meet their reclusive hero—the eccentric writer and inventor Arthur Weirdwood. They also encounter a robot butler, a ghost boy who haunts the Manor, and a librarian with more than a few hidden secrets. Cost: Free iOS app, with in-app purchases; freedownloadable PDFs of Books 1 and 2
How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference offers these professional learning opportunities to enhance literacy instruction:
* Two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles
* Two optional, additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics
* A well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community
Developed by leading literacy experts Jan Richardson, PhD, and Maria Walther EdD,Next Step Guided Reading Assessment(NSGRA)supports data-informed decisions about reading instruction for striving, advanced, and EL students in kindergarten through grade 6. The assessment tool provides a complete picture of each reader’s word knowledge, fluency, and comprehension skills, and the NSGRA K–6 app offers reports for grouping, planning, and pinpointing instruction. Get to know your readers in four easy steps.
The East of the Rockies app is an experiential augmented reality (AR) story written by Joy Kogawa, one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated literary figures. The story is told from the perspective of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War.