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Background Knowledge and Where to Get It

Stephen Krashen argues that those who read more know more Wexler (2023) has pointed out that a reader’s background knowledge is a significant predictor...
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Hands-On Literacy Tools

With more than 50 years of experience in education, hand2mind, a family-owned company, provides interactive, hands-on learning products and supplemental content for math, science, STEM, and literacy that are engaging, developmentally appropriate, and standards-based. VersaTiles® Literacy, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is an action-oriented alternative to skills practice. It combines the game-like experience of a puzzle with standards-aligned activities. VersaTiles is perfect for centers, independent practice, or take-home reinforcement. The literacy content in VersaTiles seamlessly integrates science and social studies concepts while helping students master phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. VersaTiles combines hands-on skills practice with instant self-checking to create a safe and rewarding learning environment that’s screen-free and requires no copying or grading. Differentiated Literacy Centers incorporates hands-on literacy and meets the needs of all learners. These standards-based centers include activities and manipulatives that boost student engagement and interest through a hands-on learning experience. Each kit includes 63 activities covering the most important literacy objectives taught at that grade. There are three activities per objective to support three levels of differentiation (Approaching, Meeting, and Beyond) for use in small groups and centers.

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