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Amplify Anywhere: Amplify CKLA

Rich, engaging content is at the center of Amplify CKLA instruction. Students build subject area knowledge in history, science, literature, and the arts by learning to read and write. We have built new resources to make our high-quality preK–5 program easy to use in remote or hybrid settings during the 2020–2021 school year.

Amplify Anywhere: Amplify CKLA

Rich, engaging content is at the center of Amplify CKLA instruction. Students build subject area knowledge in history, science, literature, and the arts by learning to read and write. We have built new resources to make our high-quality preK–5 program easy to use in remote or hybrid settings during the 2020–2021 school year.

Supporting back to school 2020–2021

As students return to school this fall, Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA) will be offering resources to help you flexibly transition from the physical classroom to at-home learning as needed. This includes a new digital Hub for students to access videos, readers, and an interactive Vocab App from anywhere, and the Foundational Skills Boost to help students fill in gaps from spring 2020.

Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) will be offering resources to help you flexibly transition from the physical classroom to at-home learning as needed. This includes a new digital Hub for students to access videos, readers, and an interactive Vocab App from anywhere, and the Foundational Skills Boost to help students fill in gaps from spring 2020.

Foundational Skills Boost website

To address foundational skills instruction missed during COVID-19 school closures, we are providing a free resource for educators and parents. This new website includes video-based instruction for students in Grades 1–3, covering the last nine weeks of the previous school year to give students the boost they need. The video-based, self-guided lessons pull from Amplify CKLA instructional resources and are designed for students to complete independently, either at home or in the classroom. Access it here!

The site features:

  • Video lessons targeting phonemic awareness and phonics
  • Decodable readers for practice
  • Optional teacher-led small group activities
  • Family resources for additional practice
  • A planner for educators and caregivers to track students’ progress.

Scope and Sequences: These documents show the scope and sequence of the Foundational Skills Boost.

These documents show how Foundational Skills Boost aligns with the Amplify CKLA grade-level curriculum. If you’re using Amplify CKLA, download the PDFs below to use with Foundational Skills Boost.

Back-to-school instructional recommendations

  • Begin grade-level instruction with Unit 1 in every grade, utilizing recommended instructional minutes.
  • In grades 1–3, CKLA instruction begins with review from the previous year.
  • For grades 4–5, you may choose the optional novel guide unit to start the school year.
  • For grades 1–3, we recommend you schedule an additional 30-minute instructional block for unfinished foundational skills instruction from spring 2020. We will offer the Foundational Skills Boost for use during this block.

New back-to-school features for remote and hybrid learning

CKLA recorded daily read-alouds CKLA Digital Hub

Recorded daily Read-Alouds

Teachers and students will have access to video recordings of all K–2 Knowledge Read-Alouds with pictures from the Flip Books.

Digital Hub for students and teachers

Students can now access materials that support K–5 instruction from anywhere, including student Readers in an audio-enabled eReader. Teachers will find multimedia resources on the Hub and digital versions of all instructional components on the Teacher Resource Site.

Parent and child at home working on sofa CKLA sound library

Parent access

Parents will now have access to important student resources via the digital Hub. We will have a parent login available and a letter in both English and Spanish that explains how to use the resources.

Skills at home

Grade-level foundational skills guidance for parents includes instructions and materials to teach and practice grade-level phonics at home. Resources include sound videos, Readers, and a how-to video with editable instructions that teachers can customize to meet individual classroom needs.

How to use Amplify CKLA during remote learning

We’ve developed a variety of resources to ensure you have the tools you need to support students in developing foundational skills and building background knowledge—no matter where learning is happening. On the following pages, you’ll find information on using Amplify CKLA for extended periods of remote learning, both in situations where students have access to technology and those where technology is limited.

For remote learning with access to technology at home, we recommend teacher-led virtual lessons for daily Skills Strand lessons in K–2 and daily lessons in 3–5, while students access application activities, recorded Knowledge Strand Read-Alouds, and the Foundational Skills Boost online. In the Student Hub, students will have access to K–2 Skills Strand components such as student Readers and the Sound Library, K–2 Knowledge components like Knowledge Builders, and the 3–5 Vocab App.

Grade level Instructional resources
Kindergarten
  • Skills units: Teacher-led instruction, digital Hub (Sound Library and Readers starting in Unit 6)
  • Knowledge domains: digital Hub (Knowledge Builder video) and recorded daily Read-Alouds
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill Practice
Grades 1–2
  • Foundational Skills Boost website for daily lessons
  • Skills units: Teacher-led instruction, Student Hub (Sound Library and student Reader), Activity Books
  • Knowledge domains: Student Hub (Knowledge Builder video), recorded daily Read-Alouds, Activity Books (Word documents)
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill Practice
Grade 3
  • Foundational Skills Boost website for daily lessons
  • Units: Teacher-led instruction, Student Hub (Readers, Vocab App), Activity Books (Word documents)
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice
Grades 4–5
  • Units: Teacher-led instruction, Student Hub (Readers, Vocab App), Activity Books (Word documents)
  • Novel guides: Optional
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice

Amplify CKLA’s resources ensure students can continue learning at home. If students have limited access to technology, Activity Books and student Readers can be sent home with editable family letters. If students have access to a smartphone, K–2 Knowledge Strand recorded Read-Alouds are mobile friendly, as are Student Readers and other multimedia on the Hub.

Grades K–2 sample daily schedule

Person typing on laptop CKLA independent skills book

Foundational skills lesson

Teacher-led virtual Skills lesson on Zoom or a similar platform

Independent skills practice

Students use the Hub to practice sound-spellings in the eReader, using the audio as additional support. Then, they complete an activity page.

CKLA independent knowledge read-aloud Child listening to audio on tablet

Independent Knowledge Read-Aloud

Students engage with the daily recorded Read-Aloud

Knowledge discussion and application

Teacher-led virtual knowledge discussion and application

Foundational Skills Boost

For students in grades 1–2, we recommend setting aside an additional 30 minutes for Foundational Skills Boost lessons covering unfinished instruction from the previous year. Foundational Skills Boost lessons are video modules that students can complete on their own at home.

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Grades 3–5 sample daily schedule

Child doing schoolwork on laptop CKLA reading and writing application

Daily lesson and discussion

Teacher-led virtual lesson on Zoom or a similar platform

Reading and writing application

Students use the Hub to access the eReader, using the audio as additional support. Students complete daily application activities online.

CKLA vocab app Novel study guides

Independent vocabulary practice

Students work on vocabulary in the Vocab App on the Hub.

Optional novel study (grades 4–5)

Teacher-led virtual discussion in conjunction with independent reading and writing

Foundational Skills Boost

For students in grade 3, we recommend setting aside an additional 30 minutes for Foundational Skills Boost lessons covering unfinished instruction from the previous year. Foundational Skills Boost lessons are video modules that students can complete on their own at home.

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Resources for remote learning with limited student access to technology

Grade level Instructional resources
Kindergarten
  • Skills units: Activity Books that include home support for families
  • Knowledge domains: Mobile-friendly recorded daily Read-Alouds
Grades 1–2
  • Skills units: Student Readers, Activity Books that include home support for families
  • Knowledge domains: Mobile-friendly recorded daily Read-Alouds
  • Foundational Skills Boost: Take-home support
Grade 3
  • Student Readers, Activity Books for independent practice
  • Foundational Skills Boost: Take-home support
Grades 4–5
  • Student Readers, Activity Books for independent practice
  • Optional: Novel guides

How to use Amplify CKLA during hybrid learning

We know that back to school will look different for every district. You may be considering staggered schedules or alternating between remote and in-person days. Amplify CKLA’s resources for hybrid learning ensure that students continue to develop critical foundational skills both in the classroom and at home.

Resources for hybrid learning with student access to technology

Grade level Remote days In-person days
Kindergarten
  • Skills Strand in the Hub: Independent activities and practice with Student Readers (starting with Unit 6) and Sound Library
  • Knowledge Strand: Daily recorded Read-Aloud
  • Digital or print activity pages
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice
  • Skills Strand units: Daily lessons
  • Knowledge Strand domains: Daily lessons
Grades 1–2
  • Foundational Skills Boost module
  • Skills Strand in the Hub: Independent activities and practice with student Readers (starting with Unit 6) and Sound Library
  • Knowledge Strand: Daily recorded Read-Aloud
  • Digital or print activity pages
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice
  • Skills units: Daily lessons
  • Knowledge domains: Daily lessons
Grade 3
  • Foundational Skills Boost module
  • Student Hub: Student Reader, Vocab App
  • Digital or print activity pages
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice
  • Units: Daily lessons
Grades 4–5
  • Student Hub: Student Reader, Vocab App
  • Digital or print activity pages
  • Novel guide independent reading and writing
  • Amplify Reading for independent, student-driven skill practice
  • Units: Daily lessons
  • Novel guide discussion

We understand that access to technology is a significant barrier for many of our students. Amplify CKLA’s resources ensure students are able to continue to develop their skills in any learning environment. Following is a plan for maximizing both in-person and remote days when students have limited access to technology.

Grade level Remote days In-person days
Kindergarten
  • Student Readers (starting in Unit 6)
  • Skills Activity Books with take-home support
  • Daily recorded Read-Aloud (mobile friendly)
  • Knowledge Activity Books
  • Skills units: Daily lessons
  • Knowledge domains: Daily lessons
Grades 1–2
  • Student Readers
  • Skills Activity Books with take-home support
  • Daily recorded Read-Aloud (mobile friendly)
  • Knowledge Activity Books
  • Skills units: Daily lessons
  • Knowledge domains: Daily lessons
Grade 3
  • Foundational Skills Boost: Take-home support
  • Student Readers
  • Activity Books
  • Foundational Skills Boost
    modules
  • Units: Daily lessons
Grades 4–5
  • Student Readers
  • Activity Books
  • Novel guide independent reading and writing
  • Units: Daily lessons
  • Novel guide discussion

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