Literacy Resources

If you’re searching for resources on how to promote reading and literacy, you’ve come to the right place. We offer practical advice and guidance that help teachers, parents, and the community at large work together to achieve higher success in reading and literacy rates. We also examine shifts in the definition of reading and literacy in the 21st century, with an emphasis on how technological developments impact the need for a more holistic view of the terms.

September 11, 2017

22nd Annual Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival

By Concordia University, Nebraska Admissions | Literacy Resources

The award-winning Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival will light up Concordia Nebraska’s campus again this September 28 through 30. Founded in 1996, the event encourages a love of reading, writing and books by bringing nationally renowned authors and illustrators to Nebraska. Each year, the autumnal festival brings thousands of children and adults to the campus…

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August 8, 2017

Web App Helps Kids Master the Basics of Building Words

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

For many young learners, memorizing the alphabet and building simple words doesn’t come as easy as ABC. But technology can help. ReadWriteThink and the International Reading Association offer Construct-a-Word, a free web-based educational game aimed at kids in kindergarten through second grade. It focuses on helping kids learn the alphabet and basic word construction in…

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April 28, 2017

Accept or Except? It Makes a Difference to a Party Host

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

When you get an email invitation to a party you want to attend, do you accept or except the invite? And, if they want an RSVP, are you definitely or defiantly going? Knowing which word to use is important and can save embarrassment and confusion. English is full of sound-alike words with different spellings and…

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April 24, 2017

Here’s the Definition, What’s the Word?

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

What’s in a word? Plenty if you consider its definition, part in speech, proper spelling and placement in text. As most reading and writing teachers know, building a robust vocabulary and knowing the right way to use words are skills students acquire through practice. Teachers who are looking for a good educational game to supplement…

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April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Pegs and rubber bands don’t immediately come to mind as classroom teaching tools. Especially in today’s digital era. But, why not? They can be great manipulative tools for teaching and illustrating basic geometry concepts. Rubber bands stretched around pegs can create a plethora of geometric shapes, including polygons, triangles, squares and even octagons. Cool, huh?…

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March 27, 2017

Word Clouds Page Helps Students Ramp up Vocabulary Skills

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Clouds outside may darken the mood on a quiet afternoon. But inside a classroom, clouds can lighten the mood and promote learning — as long as they’re chock full of words. Word clouds pull words from written sources and arrange them in a visually appealing way based on their frequency of use, pattern and importance….

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March 20, 2017

Mobile App Helps Students Put the Right Words in the Right Places

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Finding just the right word for an essay can be a head-scratcher for many students. And proper word placement can sometimes be a brain twister. But when carefully chosen words fit into the right places in sentences and paragraphs to convey the author’s precise meaning, the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort. But good…

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March 13, 2017

Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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