March is Reading Month 2016

The Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with the Library of Michigan, encourages reading month activities that go beyond reading contests and encourages purposeful reading for all Michiganders.

Early Childhood

Purposeful Reading to Our Youngest Students

This example will connect the Michigan Reads! 2016 book Do Unto Otters to literacy standards and the story available on BookFlix, a MeL database. This is an example of purposeful reading with young students.

MeL Resource: Michigan Reads!
Title: Do Unto Otters

Essential Questions:

  • What words describe you?
  • What words describe everyone in the class?

Early Childhood Sample Lesson

*This is an example. In order to fully meet the rigor of the performance expectations/standards, teachers will need to insert additional instruction, resources, and activities. This plan can be downloaded and edited to meet teacher, school, and district needs and align to local curriculum.

Elementary

Learning to Read AND Reading for Deep Learning for Elementary Students

This example connects literacy and math standards with careful reading to explore measurable comparisons.

MeL Resource: Early World of Learning
Trek Learns About Size

Lesson Title: *Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Essential Questions:

  • How can you tell the difference between objects that may look the same?
  • In what ways can you describe objects that are different?
  • What words can we use to describe the objects?

Elementary Sample Lesson

*This is an example. In order to fully meet the rigor of the performance expectations/standards, teachers will need to insert additional instruction, resources, and activities. This plan can be downloaded and edited to meet teacher, school, and district needs and align to local curriculum.

Middle School

Focus on Reading and Writing that is Authentic to Science Learning for Middle School Students

This example uses an article available through Research in Context, a MeL resource, to engage students in learning connected to both science and literacy standards.

MeL Resource: Research in Context

Stanford Team Builds 'Shazam' for Earthquakes

Lesson Title: *Earthquakes and Waves

Essential Questions:

  • How can scientists use technology to quickly and effectively predict Earth's processes (earthquake activity)?
  • How can understanding waves help with our understanding of earthquakes and their impact on people around the world?

Middle School Sample Lesson

*This is an example. In order to fully meet the rigor of the performance expectations/standards, teachers will need to insert additional instruction, resources, and activities. This plan can be downloaded and edited to meet teacher, school, and district needs and align to local curriculum.

High School

Focus on Primary Source Documents for High School Students

This example will focus on US History using The Articles of Confederation as a primary source document to address both Social Studies and Literacy Standards.

MeL Resource: Research in Context

The Articles of Confederation

Lesson Title: *The Articles of Confederation

Essential Questions:

  • Why do we need rules and laws in our society?
High School Sample Lesson

*This is an example. In order to fully meet the rigor of the performance expectations/standards, teachers will need to insert additional instruction, resources, and activities. This plan can be downloaded and edited to meet teacher, school, and district needs and align to local curriculum.

Professional Knowledge

Renewed Commitment to Reading that Expands Professional Knowledge

Inspirational Reads:

MeL Resources for Professional Learning:
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