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NewsELA comes to Lower School …

Lower School Staff learn from NewsELA training team

Lower School Staff learn from NewsELA training team

On Monday I introduced the @Hamlin Lower School staff to NewsELA.  I did so with the help of NewsELA’s trainer Nicole Boyle.  Truth be told, the staff was introduced to the tool by Nicole who led a quick and informative webinar that walked the entire staff through the system.  What is NewsELA you ask?  Well according to Sofia in first grade:

“Its like a newspaper but its written just for kids.”

Truth from the mouths of babes.  In fact NewsELA is a site that reworks non-fiction text and publishes it at a variety of Lexile levels.  This enables teachers to assign articles that share current content to students at a variety of reading level; thus ensuring that students have an equal opportunity to read the information with understanding.  Or from their site:

Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. It’s easy and amazing.

I loved being invited in to Ms. Burstein’s first grade classroom this morning and hearing the students read about a baby Rhino sanctuary in African.

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