To best support our K-5 students at SMS, our reading program, “Walk to Read” is designed to allow students to move fluidly throughout the year between reading groups taught by various teachers. This will help teachers reach students best and provide them individually with the skills they need at their level. We will be using our STAR Assessment Program to help us, as a staff, make decisions regarding reading. In the reading group I will be teaching, we will be reading several novels this year as a group, in addition to the novels that each student chooses on his/her own. The activities we will do in class are a part of the study of the group novel. We will also be reading selections from the Houghton Mifflin reading text. Students are expected to read for 20 min. at home each day and they will be held accountable for their reading. For spelling we will be using a spelling program designed to help students learn to spell using spelling patterns. This program will include daily activities as well as weekly spelling tests. Please help your child prepare for the spelling tests at home. Practicing in the car on the way to school is a great way to get in a little extra “study time”. For vocabulary, we will be using the Wordly Wise book, which teaches students to identify the meaning of a word based on the context of the sentence. The workbook provides multiple ways for students to practice their new vocabulary. We will be taking tests at the end of each WW lesson. We will be using Lucy Calkin’s writing program for the intermediate level, which has several units of focus including stories, essays, literary essays, etc. The program teaches students to look at writing, show them how to generate ideas on their own, and how to choose writing to improve and how to edit and revise.
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