Teachers at Franklinville Elementary School have been working hard to streamline instruction in guided reading across grade levels this fall. Leveled texts have been placed in literacy libraries to allow teachers to pull texts they need to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of their students. Accountable independent reading has also been a focal point for elementary teachers this year.
Through the use of Storia School and 1:1 iPads, teachers and students have access to 2,000 ebooks, including both fiction and non-fiction titles. In essence, Storia allows teachers to create a customized digital library for their classroom. Since each text is leveled, students can select books that are written at their reading level, fostering students’ ability to select “just right” books independently. Teachers can also place titles on students’ “bookshelves” within Storia. Many ebooks are interactive, allowing students to highlight and take notes, and some ebooks include videos as well.
Teachers are able to track students’ reading progress within Storia, and can use that information as a basis for discussion during student-teacher reading conferences, and as a measure of students’ ability to transfer the use of skills and strategies taught in guided reading lessons.
Students are excited to engage with texts in Storia, and it has reshaped students’ vision of how valuable and enjoyable reading can be.
By: Stefanie Mayr, CA BOCES and Franklinville Central School
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