Reading instruction at the primary level is conducted with a literature based textbook and phonics program. Comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, thinking skills and reading strategies are emphasized at all levels with the use of the basal reader, a collection of literature books, and a variety of enrichment materials. Instruction is systematic and explicit in the following five component areas (the five "Big Ideas" of reading): Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Independent reading of library books is encouraged daily. The Accelerated Reader computerized reading program is a strong component of the reading program.The reading program in grades four, five, and six is comprised of whole group and small group instruction. All pupils are given a reading placement test upon entering the reading program to determine each pupil's general reading level and individual needs. Reading instruction is conducted with a wide variety of multi-leveled, high interest materials. Emphasis continues to be placed on systematic and explicit instruction in the five component areas. Direct instruction in the areas of comprehension strengthens the intermediate reading program. The reading of children's literature is continued in the intermediate grades. The literature component of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade program utilizes the adopted literature text. The objectives of the program are to expose students to the environment of literature. Silent reading is encouraged daily to promote reading as a lifelong activity. The Accelerated Reader computerized reading program is a strong component of the reading program.
5 Components of Reading
1. Phonemic Awareness & 2. Phonics will be rehearsed through spelling. Weekly lists will focus on specific sounds and patterns.
3. Reading Fluency will be promoted through whole group, small group, and independent reading. It will be assessed through weekly independent timed fluency practices. Fluency passages will show words per minute, accuracy, retell, and comprehension.
4. Vocabulary Development will be achieved throughout the year using multiple strategies including an academic vocabulary, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, root words, affixes, and discussion.
5. Reading Comprehension Strategies will be emphasized through whole group, small group, and independent comprehension activities, discussions, and assignments.To increase students' success in all 5 areas, I will use a variety of teaching methods to reach all learners - including The Daily 5 (The Daily CAFE by the 2 sisters), Reading CAFE Menu (The Daily CAFE by the 2 sisters), Comprehension Strategy Activities (Mary Legan Reading Ideas), Accelerated Reader, Lexia, graphic organizers, writing prompts, workbook pages, and other resources that I have been trained extensively in.
Reading Academic Vocabulary Words include but are not limited to:
Parts of a Book Story Elements Genrecoverspinetitle pagecopyrighttable of contentsheadingssubheadingsbold face typeitalicshighlightedglossaryindextitle, author, illustratornarrator & point of viewsettingcharactersprotagonist & antagonistconflict/problemmain eventsclimaxsolutionthememoralnon-fiction:autobiography,biography, article,diary, journal, etcfiction:realistic, fantasy,humorous, thriller,mystery, parody,science, historical,fairytale, fable,play, poetry, etcComprehensionVocabularyFigurative Languagedetailsmain ideasequencingcontext cluesinferencedrawing conclusionscause and effectfact and opinionproblem and solutionauthor's purposecharacter traits/motivesaffixes:prefixessuffixesGreek roots and stemsLatin roots and stemssynonymsantonymsanalogieshomonymshomophonesrhyme, rhythm/beatrepetitionalliterationsimilemetaphorpersonificationonomatopoeiahyperboleimagerysymbolismtoneAccessing Information12 Power Words parts of a bookdictionarythesaurusencyclopediaatlasalmanacnewspapermagazinephone bookinternetparaphrase main ideaswith supporting detailsfind textual evidencewhen provided withexamplesmaking inferences abouttexts and use textualevidence to supportunderstandingtracesupportanalyzeexplaincomparecontrastinfersummarizeevaluateformulate
At home you can help your child by...
Rereading familiar books. Children need practice in reading comfortably and with expression using books they know.
Building reading accuracy. As your child is reading aloud, point out words he missed and help him read words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have your child reread the whole sentence to be sure he understands the meaning.
Building reading comprehension. Talk with your child about what she is reading. Ask about new words. Talk about what happened in a story. Ask about the characters, places, and events that took place. Ask what new information she has learned from the book. Encourage her to read on her own.
Some information was provided by Moore Public Schools' website.Other incentives
The student with the highest average = a medal, a certificate, and recognition at the end of the year awards assembly.
The students with the 2nd and 3rd highest averages = a certificate and recognition at the end of the year awards assembly.