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Elementary Language Arts

Third Grade Reading Legislation


These documents were developed by the Early Literacy Task Force, a subcommittee of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) General Education Leadership Network (GELN), which represents Michigan's 56 Intermediate School Districts.  Research suggests that each of these ten practices can have a positive impact on literacy development.

Pre-K Literacy Essentials

K-3 Literacy Essentials

Grade 4-5 Literacy Essentials

Essential School-Wide and Center Practices in Literacy

Essential Coaching Practices for Elementary Literacy

Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (MLPP)

The MLPP is a diagnostic tool for teachers to document and explain what they know about a child's literacy learning and performance levels.

The assessments that allow the teacher to dig deeper into what children understand about literacy and how they process text are:

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Concepts of Print

  • Known Words

  • Letter/Sound Identification

  • Hearing and Recording Sounds

  • Sight Word/Decodable Words Lists

  • Spelling

These assessments go beyond a universal screener to provide a context of what a student’s literacy strengths and weaknesses are.

Elementary Literature Units

The MISD has created several literature units for grades 3-5, including M-STEP practice and five point rubrics.

M-Step Practice Assessments

We have taken M-Step practice assessments and converted them to include additional tasks. For example, if the M-Step assessment requires an argumentative task, we have converted the assessment to require an information task. This will allow students to use the same texts for multiple purposes.

Grade 3

Grade 4

ELA Card Games

From the site Mission Literacy, here are two card games to use with students to practice reading comprehension skills.

Summer Reading Suggestions

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