Enhancing Literacy and Language Through Children’s Books

There is nothing most children love more than hearing a good story. During the Primary years, children begin to develop early reading skills and can often recognize letters and words as they look through books. They also begin to connect the illustrations to the words on the page, and they can begin to think about the arc of a narrative; that stories have beginnings, middles, and ends. To aid in the development of children’s reading comprehension, word recognition, and vocabulary, research shows that children who are exposed to complex and responsive classroom talk are able to expand their own patterns of verbal communication and improve their skills in reading and writing. So how can we as

Wellan 7th Graders Address Social, Environmental Issues Through Data-Driven Art

Middle School students are known for their interest in “big ideas” as well as their exploration of moral and ethical questions. At this developmental stage of adolescence, students begin to dive into issues that are important to them, use data-driven research to understand their complexity, and find their voices to speak out and make a difference. With this in mind, Wellan’s Voyager students completed an important STEAM assignment with the following steps: Identify a topic related to social or environmental sustainability that is important to you. Research this topic and produce a relevant data set. Create a visual representation of the data using a chart or graph. Drawing inspiration from l

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