American Reading Company
We will use a new comprehensive core curriculum for every element of our literacy block this year. Using research labs, students will become drivers of their own learning through content rich inquiry units.
Their are four units:
ARC Literacy Lab: Building a Community of Avid Readers & Writers
Bugs: Informational Reading, Writing, and Research in One Science Topic
Sports Fiction and Sports: Literature Reading, Writing, and Analysis in One Literary Genre
Jobs in My Community: Argument Writing & Research in One Social Studies Topic
100 Book Challenge
Our classroom will participate in the 100 Book Challenge. This is a community-wide reading culture that brings the students' own reading interests and choices into the center of the curriculum while ensuring that all children experience the rich reading lifestyle providing the fuel for academic success.
Students will read lots at school, but we need your help at home, too! Every night your child will bring home books that they can read independently. Children should read AT LEAST 150 minutes per week at home. You will sign a book log and use the time to sit with your child as the home reading coach. It will be fun, fast, and easy!
The Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) is a framework teachers use to find the highest level of text complexity students can currently read (and understand) without any help, or prompting of any kind.
The IRLA level is the students' independent reading level. Using a coaching method, students will conference individually with the teacher and create power goals to help them grow as a learner. They will then work in small groups and as a whole group to master their power goals.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program designed to allow children to earn prizes for reading books at their own reading level. After reading, they will take a 5-10 question quiz and earn points based on the number of correct answers. Students will earn special items and privileges at various point levels.
Communities Here & There
The social studies curriculum focuses on the the theme of communities. We use globes and maps to help the students apply learning to real life situations. The units are:
Exploring Where We Are
Exploring a Community
Mapping a Community
Where Do We Live?
Exploring Our World