Category: Language


Reading Levels Simply Explained

Reading levels can be a mystery to parents. Strategic assessment of word selection, sentence length, and type determine the levels. Different publishing companies have concocted their own categories. Most Ontario teachers use the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Levels as their instructional guide. Scholastic has put together a quick Leveled Reading Guide to correlate the different systems publishers use to sort their books.

Leveled Books to look for:

Check your bookshelves at home to find titles for your child to read at their reading level. If you purchase books from the Scholastic program at your school you probably have some of these titles already at your fingertips.
The Best Children’s Books

The measured mom has a very accessible description of the different levels of books that are probably on your home bookshelves. Good information for when you purchase books for your child to read on their own.

Hiawatha Community School
Lists of Leveled Books


With the continued lockdowns due to Covid19, parents are looking for good online resources for their children. There are so many resources available that I am sure that you are overwhelmed. I will gather some resources to access for you that can take the pressure off your shoulders. My focus will be free resources. Often sites offer introductory free resources but hook you into subscribing. That is not all bad. If you find a site that you like the fee could be well worth your sanity.

What should your Ontario students be learning?

> Ontario Curriculum Checklists – Select by grade.
You can join The Canadian Homeschooler Learning Centre for free to access other resources. Their selection is limited but it is good Canadian content:
– History
– Geography
– Government
and More…

A good site for free worksheets is K5 Learning. The people who put this site together value access to strong curriculum resources. The Comprehension Worksheets are leveled. Click up or down a grade to find the perfect fit for your child. The perfect fit will support their learning growth. Before long they will be reading at grade level. Go with the flow.

Reading Levels Simply Explained

Reading levels can be a mystery to parents. Strategic assessment of word selection, sentence length, and type determine the levels. Different publishing companies have concocted their own categories. Most Ontario teachers use the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Levels as their instructional guide. Scholastic has put together a quick Leveled Reading Guide to correlate the different systems publishers use to sort their books.

Leveled Books to look for:

Check your bookshelves at home to find titles for your child to read at their reading level. If you purchase books from the Scholastic program at your school you probably have some of these titles already at your fingertips.
The Best Children’s Books

The measured mom has a very accessible description of the different levels of books that are probably on your home bookshelves. Good information for when you purchase books for your child to read on their own.


Wizardly World is the official Site of the Harry Potter world. You can register for free and investigate everything Harry Potter.

J.K. Rawling has granted open licence to read aloud her books during the Covid-19 outbreak. This means that teachers can post themselves reading to their students. Some teachers never got to finish reading the book they started before the outbreak. Now is your chance to read to your students.

❇️ Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, ‘The Boy Who Lived’.

❇️ Noma Dumezweni reads Chapter Two: ‘The Vanishing Glass’.

❇️ Eddie Redmayne reads Chapter Three: ‘The Letters from No One’.

❇️ Stephen Fry reads Chapter Four: ‘The Keeper of the Keys”.

❇️ Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright, and Evanna Lynch read Chapter Five: ‘‘Diagon Alley’.

❇️ Jamie Parker and the Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child read Chapter Six: ‘The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’. Have a watch and listen. This chapter is read as a script with a wonderful casting of characters reading the parts. Enjoy this read.

❇️ Olivia Colman, Jonathan Van Ness, and Kate McKinnon read Chapter Seven: ‘The Sorting Hat’.

❇️ Alia Bhatt, Alec Baldwin and his daughter Carmen, introduce us to Professor Snape, the Potions teacher at Hogwarts.reads Chapter Eight: ‘The Potions Master’.

❇️ Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol read Chapter Nine: ‘The Midnight Duel”. Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol narrate Harry’s first flying lesson, as well as a midnight adventure in the castle, where he meets a rather unusual dog.

❇️ Whoopi Goldberg reads Chapter Ten: ‘Hallowe’en’.

❇️ David Tennant and David Beckham read Chapter Eleven: “Quidditch”.

❇️ Matthew Lewis, Helen Howard and Imelda Staunton read Chapter Twelve: “The Mirror of Erised’.

❇️ Hugh Bonneville reads Chapter Thirteen: ‘Nicolas Flamel’

❇️ Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, and Helen McCrory read Chapter Fourteen: ‘Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback’.

❇️ Claudia Kim and Dakota Fanning read Chapter Fifteen: ‘The Forbidden Forest’.

❇️ Kenneth Branagh and Ruth Wilson read Chapter Sixteen: ‘Through the Trapdoor’.

❇️ The Patels, The Gaffneys and the McKennas read Chapter Seventeen: ‘The Man with Two Faces’.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Students in a primary classroom (Gr. 2-3) can visit a farm without leaving their homes. Learn from a farming family how a dairy farm brings you milk from the barn to the store. Use the worksheet to guide your learning.

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