ReadingI really enjoy focusing on reading in my teaching! Reading has been a lifelong hobby of mine and I enjoy helping build an amazement and love of reading in my students. I have probably 40 books at home that are on my "to-read" list. There are always books laying around at my house.There are many remarkable books in the world. This generation has access to more than any other generation. Books open the door to imagination and discovery, and also to the amazement of the real world around us! They can give us opportunities to travel to places to which we could possibly never go, like the depths of the ocean, an ancient castle, or Antarctica. Let's never stop reading!
We use a curriculum called "Reading Wonders" for our reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar instruction. Several features including technology and at-home learning tools make this a great curriculum for our school and district.For detailed information about each unit and how families can help at home, visit the district's fourth-grade reading website or fifth-grade reading website.
Monthly Reading Calendars
Students keep a monthly reading calendar, and are expected to read 20 minutes a day, six days a week.Calendars must be filled in completely and neatly every day and signed by a parent/guardian at the end of the month to ensure the reading was completed.
Book OrdersScholastic Book Orders are sent home periodically during the year. Book Orders are a fantastic way to buy reasonably-priced books for your child and family. They have an excellent variety of books, at several reading levels.Please look carefully at the directions sheet that is sent home with the Book Orders. It explains how to order with the paper form or online.You may order online by going to the Scholastic Book Clubs website and putting in our class code, found on the directions sheet that is sent home. You'll have to set up an account if you don't have one. This is a very convenient and easy method of ordering!
Scholastic Book WizardI have often had parents ask me about finding "just right" books for their child. The Scholastic Book Wizard website is a fantastic resource!You can search for books by grade level, Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) level, theme, genre, and series. Another option is to search a book title and find out the level of the book.There are many other great resources on this page as well!