The ReadWriteThink website is a great place for teachers to find resources and ideas. ReadWriteThink is partners with the International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Thinkfinity. ReadWriteThink offers Classroom Resources, Professional Development, as well as Parent and Afterschool Resources. There are a number of Student Interactives available to support learning.
I continued looking at that page and was pleased to find lessons for various grade levels that connect reading and writing, which could easily be done using the features of Big Universe Learning. Balanced Literacy does involve connecting reading and writing along with various forms of literacy.
Here are a few of the lessons that caught my attention:
- Shared Poetry Reading: Teaching Print Concepts, Rhyme, and Vocabulary (grades k-2)
- Using Children’s Natural Curiosity to Lead to Descriptive Writing (grades k-2)
- Question and Answer Books–From Genre Study to Report Writing (grades 3-5)
- Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry (grades 6-8)