Environmental Print: Sign of the Times
Presented by Cynthia Martin
My second breakout session of the afternoon was titled Environmental Print: Sign of the Times. Again I struggled with wanting to be selfish and attend The Real Work of a Professional Learning Community presented by Debbie Harbour from Chets Creek Elementary, but once again our committment to blog and our flight to the west coast told me to do differently.
The environmental print session was presented by Cindy Martin from Rochester, New York. She demonstrated many ways to use environmental print as a vehicle to produce better readers and writers. The presenter highlighted ways to use ads, coupons, labels, and packages. She showed us that using free phamplets from area attractions is a great way to create activities for students. We were introduced to a website at http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/, where you can find games that use environmental print. Cindy also shared ways that she uses packages, wrappers, and boxes to teach different language skills. It was a well received session that the participants walked away from with many ideas on how to include the use of environmental print in their classroom instruction.