Literacy

  •  Reading             

     Units of Study for Teaching Reading is our curriculum that offers a planned, sequential, explicit reading program.  It provides instruction that gives students repeated opportunities to build their skills and apply their strategies in both fiction and nonfiction reading and to receive explicit feedback at frequent intervals. Children will learn that if they apply strategies, work hard, revise their first understandings, and get help, their reading will get visibly and dramatically better, right before their eyes. The units of study in this series offer a mix of fiction and nonfiction units.

    The Units we are studying this year are:

    •  Building a Reading Life

    • Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures

    •  Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise
    • Character Studies

    • Research Clubs: Elephants, Penguins and Frogs, Oh My!

    Students will be reading everyday independently to practice the skills they learned and responding to what they have read.

  • Writing 

      Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing is our new series.  It offers a planned, sequential, explicit writing program, with instruction that gives students repeated opportunities to practice each kind of writing highlighted by the CCSS (opinion/argument, information, and narrative).   Within each unit, students are expected to write more than one piece (and sometimes a multitude of pieces) as they cycle through the writing process of planning, drafting, revising, and editing. and to receive explicit feedback at frequent intervals. The units of study in this series offer at least one highly developed unit devoted to each type of writing at each grade level.

      Our Units this year will be:

    • Crafting True Stories (Personal Narratives)
    • Sessions in Informational Books (Informational Writing)

    • Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales  (Fantasy Narratives)

    • Art of Information Writing  (Report Writing)

    • Changing the World  (Opinion Writing)

    Your child will be writing everyday.  Editing and grammar are built into the lessons so that students see that it all works together.  


    writing

  • Phonics Instruction 

       

     Fountas and Pinnell (Word Study, Phonics, and Spelling Instruction)

    At the core of the system are the one hundred lessons with instruction and student practice.  The lessons are organized into the Nine Areas of Learning for phonics, spelling, and word study that help students attend to, learn about, and efficiently use sounds, letters, and words.  The Nine Areas of Learning are: 

    • Early Literacy Concepts
    • Phonological Awareness
    • Letter Knowledge
    • Letter-Sound Relationships
    • Spelling Patterns, High-Frequency Words
    • Word Meaning/Vocabulary
    • Word Structure
    • Word-Solving Actions

    Third grade focuses on areas 4 - 9.  We are piloting this program this year and a decision will be made in the Spring about district adoption.