Parent & Family Elementary Literacy Resources

Seven Essentials of Literacy

Click the heading of each of the seven essentials for a more in-depth explanation

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The spoken language used to express knowledge, ideas, and feelings.

The ability to manipulate phonemes within words by isolating sounds and blending them.

The relationship between phonemes and printed letters and the use of this knowledge to read and spell.

The effortless reading of text with adequate rate, accuracy, and expression to support comprehension.

The knowledge of words and their meanings.

The ability to extract and construct meaning from text.

The ability to communicate knowledge, ideas, and feelings in written form.

Preschool

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills that your four-year-old should have mastered before kindergarten.

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Preschool Core

Early Learning Standards for Preschool Students

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Seven Stages of Children's Writing Development

Children’s writing evolves through various stages as they use writing tools to express themselves.

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Oral Language. Oral Language. Oral Language

How oral language plays a part in becoming a skilled reader.

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Waterford Upstart

Waterford UPSTART provides four-year-old children access to academic support in their early education.

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Kindergarten "Here We Come" pamphlet

This pamphlet is a guide to support your child's learning prior to entering kindergarten.

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Utah Kids Ready to Read

Utah State Library's resources for parents and caregivers to help them nurture their children's early literacy skills.

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Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

Try a new tip each week and see what works best for your child.

Kindergarten

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of kindergarten.

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Parents Guide to the Core

Parent's guide to your child's State Core Standards.

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Acadience Home Connection

This site provides resources for families to practice and reinforce important literacy skills with their children who are being assessed with Acadience reading assessments.

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Seven Stages of Children's Writing Development

Children’s writing evolves through various stages as they use writing tools to express themselves.

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Lexia and Waterford (Clever)

Click here to log into Lexia or Waterford.

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Supporting Your Child's Reading At Home

Support oral language and vocabulary development

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Literacy Checklist

Get personalized resources aligned with reading, writing and language skills for beginning readers.

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Route to Reading

Avoid a Lemon: Learn to spot questionable or ineffective practices.

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Unite for Literacy

Digital picture books for parents to read to students at home.

First Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your first grader should have mastered by the end of first grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

Parent's guide to your child's State Core Standards.

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Acadience Explanation

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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Lexia & Waterford (Clever)

Software programs that allows students to learn and practice critical literacy skill.

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Reading 101: A Guide for Parents

Learn about typical milestones and find simple activities to help your child with reading and writing.

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Supporting Your Child's Reading At Home

Support your child's reading at home: linking letters to sounds, blending reading and writing words, reading for understanding.

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What to do with my struggling reader?

PBS for parents. No matter how you try, your child may struggle. Here is some strategies that can help you and your child when the going gets tough.

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Route to Reading

Avoid a Lemon: Learn to spot questionable or ineffective practices.

Second Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of second grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

Parent's guide to your child's State Core Standards.

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Acadience Explanation

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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Lexia & Waterford (Clever)

Software programs that allows students to learn and practice critical literacy skill.

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Reading 101: A Guide for Parents

Learn about typical milestones and find simple activities to help your child with reading and writing.

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Supporting Your Child's Reading at Home

Support your child's reading at home: linking letters to sounds, blending reading and writing words, reading for understanding.

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What to do with my struggling reader?

PBS for parents. No matter how you try, your child may struggle. Here is some strategies that can help you and your child when the going gets tough.

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Route to Reading

Avoid a Lemon: Learn to spot questionable or ineffective practices.

Third Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of third grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

This document gives a brief explanation of the grade level standards found in the Utah State Core by grade level.

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Acadience Explanation

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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RISE Information

The RISE assessment is a computer adaptive assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing.

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Lexia and Waterford (Clever)

Lexia and Waterford are district supported software programs that allow students to learn and practice critical literacy skills.

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"How do I support classroom instruction at home? Building Readers Toolkit "

This document gives a literacy overview of birth to grade 12 with activities that parents can do at home to support literacy learning for students.

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"What to do with my struggling reader?" activities.

This website contains activities that parents and students can do at home to support instruction in school. The activities are engaging, research based, and organized according to the skills a student would need to master.

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Dyad Reading

Learn a research based strategy for how to support oral reading.

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Fluency 7 Strategies

When reading is working well for students, students are able to read fluently. Learn some key ideas about fluency and how to support your student to develop into a fluent reader.

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Developing Word Knowledge and Vocabulary

Learn ways to help your student decode multisyllabic words.

Fourth Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of fourth grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

This document gives a brief explanation of the grade level standards found in the Utah State Core by grade level.

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Acadience Home Connect

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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RISE Information

The RISE assessment is a computer adaptive assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing.

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Lexia and Waterford (Clever)

Lexia and Waterford are district supported software programs that allow students to learn and practice critical literacy skills.

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How do I support classroom instruction at home?"

This document gives a literacy overview of birth to grade 12 with activities that parents can do at home to support literacy learning for students.

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What to do with my struggling reader?

This website contains activities that parents and students can do at home to support instruction in school. The activities are engaging, research based, and supportive of student learning in various reading skills.

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Origins of English Video

Learn a research based strategy for how to support oral reading.

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Fluency 7 Strategies

When reading is working well for students, students are able to read fluently. Learn some key ideas about fluency and how to support your student to develop into a fluent reader.

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Supporting students in developing word knowledge and vocabulary

Learn ways to help your student decode multisyllabic words.

Fifth Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of fifth grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

Parent's guide to your child's State Core Standards.

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Acadience Explanation

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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RISE Information

The RISE assessment is a computer adaptive assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing.

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Lexia and Waterford (Clever)

Lexia and Waterford are district supported software programs that allow students to learn and practice critical literacy skills.

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Word Knowledge/Vocabulary

Students who comprehend the most know alot about words. In this article, get tips on how to talk about words.

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Fluency

This toolkit helps teachers and families understand what fluency is and how to support a child’s development of fluency with text.

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Struggling Readers

This toolkit helps parents and educators learn about dyslexia and how to support the literacy development of students with dyslexia.

Sixth Grade

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Portrait of a Reader

This is a detailed list of skills your child should have mastered by the end of sixth grade.

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Parent Guide to the Core

Parent's guide to your child's State Core Standards.

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Acadience Explanation

Acadience Reading is a screening test administered three times a year to measure student proficiency and progress.

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RISE Information

The RISE assessment is a computer adaptive assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing.

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Lexia and Waterford (Clever)

Lexia and Waterford are district supported software programs that allow students to learn and practice critical literacy skills.

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Word Knowledge/Vocabulary

Students who comprehend the most know alot about words. In this article, get tips on how to talk about words.

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Fluency

This toolkit helps teachers and families understand what fluency is and how to support a child’s development of fluency with text.

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Struggling Readers

This toolkit helps parents and educators learn about dyslexia and how to support the literacy development of students with dyslexia.

Wonders: Alpine District's Comprehensive K-6 Literacy Curriculum

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Wonders Supported Solution

Click here for Alpine's Wonders supported solution which is an online resource supported by the district for teacher use in the classroom.

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Wonders Student Login

Click here for the student login to Wonders.

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Kindergarten –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the Kindergarten curriculum.

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1st Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 1st Grade curriculum.

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2nd Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 2nd Grade curriculum.

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3rd Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 3rd Grade curriculum.

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4th Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 4th Grade curriculum.

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5th Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 5th Grade curriculum.

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6th Grade –
Home/School Connection

Click here for the 6th Grade curriculum.

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