My district is using the ELA program Benchmark Advance. I will be posting all my additional resources here and gems I find online!
Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn to read and write effectively. The program stands firmly on the premise that all students can learn to read and write. This balance between reading and writing allows students to receive the individualized teaching appropriate to their strengths and needs in literacy.
Balanced Literacy is a model for teaching children in a student-centered classroom, based on the research of Marie Clay, Irene Fountas, and Gay Su Pinnell. Daily, children read and write independently and in a variety of group settings. Balanced Literacy classrooms focus on different types of reading experiences: read-aloud, shared reading, guided reading, reading conferences, and independent reading. Students also participate in shared and individual writing activities each day. The types of writing experiences include shared writing, interactive writing, guided writing, writing conferences and independent writing. Additionally, during many daily reading and writing experiences, students are engaged in word study. Listening and speaking are also emphasized in this integrated language approach.
These authentic opportunities for reading and writing are arranged on a continuum based on the gradual release of responsibility. Some reading and writing tasks are modeled by the teachers and others are accomplished with the support of the teacher, leading to those that are done independently by the child. Our district will follow a Balanced Literacy approach with the adoption of our new K-6 reading series Benchmark Literacy.
Components of an ELA Block
Benchmark Literacy Reading Levels Conversion Chart
Here you will find resources to help you successfully use the new Benchmark Advance curriculum.
Videos that provide information to FAQs:
Designated ELD Lesson Planning with Jill Hamilton-Bunch Using Benchmark
Berkshire Elementary: 5th Grade Benchmark Lesson Planning
Great Benchmark Ideas with Kim Svihovec (McAuliffe Elementary)
Benchmark Advance Assessment Reporting Overview:
Teacher Created Videos:
Score Writing to Submit Tests for Grading
Locate Phonics Skills and Spelling Words Within Benchmark
Access student scores from Benchmark Interim
How To Create an EPlanner to Help Organize Lesson Plans:
Using Benchmark to Facilitate Small Groups:
Using Benchmark to Create an E-Planner to Check the Spiral of Standards:
Novel Units of Study in Benchmark Universe