Students will be assessed at the
beginning of the year to determine reading groups. These
groups are flexible and students will be moved based on
progress with reading comprehension, fluency and accuracy.
Reading instruction is based
on the Guided Reading model, where students will work in
small groups with a teacher to practice skills on
differentiated reading levels. Additionally, students will
work on literacy-based activities during center work.
Book-It! and Accelerated
Reader programs will be encouraged to motivate students to
Language Arts and
participate in the Fundations program daily for phonics,
spelling, and handwriting instruction. Students will learn
to segment and spell words by decoding patterns with similar
letters and sounds. "Trick" words will also be given weekly
to practice sight word recognition and spelling. Spelling
tests will assess the ability to accurately spell words,
mark-up features, and write words in a dictated sentence.
Students will work on writing skills
during Writer's Workshop. During instruction, teachers will
model writing skills through the use of mentor texts and
shared writing. Students will self-select topics for
personal writing in their journals and students and parents
will communicate weekly in a Home/School journal to
reinforce writing skills each weekend.
Math lessons include whole-group instruction
and small-group activities where will work with
manipulatives and complete activities to promote and support
development of concepts, critical-thinking and
problem-solving skills, and mental math. Students are
pre-assessed on each unit to determine small groups and
activities based on strengths and areas of need.
Instruction will rotate between science and
social studies units. Students will be given study guides
and will create interactive notes to assist in studying at
home. Research will be incorporated into units and take-home
projects will be given to enrich learning of concepts.