Four-Blocks is a balanced literacy framework where the main focus is on reading but includes all of the language arts. It is for teachers; it shows “the HOW not the WHAT”.
One of the two guiding principles behind Four Blocks is that there is not just one way to teach children to read.
“Although Four Blocks was originally created for first grade, teachers have learned to modify it appropriately to improve instruction at many grade levels. Generally, grades 1-3 adhere to the same basic formats with greater modifications necessary for upper grades, 4-8.
At kindergarten, a framework called Building Blocks provides the developmentally appropriate foundation for language, print and literacy.”
I use two of the Four Blocks concepts –the Laptop Laptop and Snap-n-Clap– as spelling activities.
I hope you find one of the many printables and handouts on the 4Blocks Literacy site useful in your classroom.