OWL TRAINING. Gaye Hunter & Carrie Metcalfe CMS Literacy Coaches. Ice Breaker. Foundations. North Carolina Early Learning Standards Widely Held Expectations Approaches to Learning Emotional and Social Physical and Health Language and Communication Cognitive. Foundations.
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Gaye Hunter & Carrie Metcalfe
CMS Literacy Coaches
a curriculum overview
The OWL acronym stands for…
Opening the World of Learning
Developed by Pearson Early Learning
from authors Judy Schickendanz, Ph.D.
and David Dickinson, Ed. D. along with
Unit 1- Family
Unit 2- Friends
Unit 3- Wind and Water
Unit 4-The World of Color
Unit 5-Shadows and Reflections
Unit 6-Things That Grow
Theme, Concepts, Skills, Components, Other Books
Sets the stage for
the day, especially
children to have hands on practice
with many materials, explore and
experiment, and learn to conduct
themselves appropriately in a group of peers.
30 minutes at arrival
2. Center Time –
about 65 minutes in the morning
3. End the Day Centers –
30 minutes before departure
When: During arrival time
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Program Guide gives overview, pp. 12-13
Teacher’s Guide provides descriptions of activities for each week:
These signs can be posted in your designated center areas. The bottom of each card has plenty of space to allow for hooks, velcro, or any other system used for posting student tags for check-in.
Center Area Signs
Two copies of each type of manipulative has been provided to allow for dual labeling. The first label would go on the front of the bin and the second label would go on the shelf. This will assist students in returning items to the correct location.
Center Manipulative Signs
Break down the routine into each step needed to complete it.
Modeleach step of the routine.
These cards can be used to create a posted daily schedule. It is recommended that you laminate the cards separately and post the time next to each card. This will allow you to use the cards over and over again through the years.
Classroom Schedule Picture Cards
are so important!!
Movement from one activity to another is used as an instructional opportunity.
“Gathering transitions” bring the group together.
“Targeted transitions” can be used for literacy skill instruction.
Transitions are planned with instructional intention.
Create structure as children move from one activity to another
Prevent children from getting off task
Keep children engaged
Provide change of pace
Coordinate teacher and assistant.
Begin activities before last child arrives/is ready.
Two per day for literacy skill instruction
-between SWPL and lunch
-between Small Groups and Let’s Find Out About It/Talk About it
Two transitions per day = 50 minutes per week of focused literacy instruction time
Teach literacy skills as children move from one part of the day to the next
Example: “If your name starts with D…” to move from Story Time to Outdoor Play
The transition cards are labeled as to which part of the day use of the card would be most appropriate. The cards are not numbered but on a ring so that you can add to them as you acquire more transition activities.
Transition Card Package
Whole group activity (typically)
20 minutes long
Themes - science and social studies related
Content - books read during Story Time lay the groundwork for specific kind of information text
Social-emotional development – promoted through oral language and literacy discussions
Examples: folding paper airplanes, science exploration, advertisements, recipes from cookbooks, game directions, birth announcements, etc.
Turn to page 30 for your
first look at LFOAI.
Materials from home
School library (if available)
ENJOY the book!
writing, books, experiments
math activities, and manipulatives.
NO rotation among activities during the same day
Use the unit curriculum guide and read
carefully and completely!