All students are expected to read at least 30 minutes a night, fill out their reading log, and show evidence of their thinking nightly. Nightly responses can be recorded using post-it notes, reader response journal, or using an audio recording device. Notes will be used to complete a full response once a week. Students will study a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Workshop class time consists of a teacher-led mini-lesson, independent reading time with a teacher conference, as well as share time with a reading partner.
Daily materials needed for Reader's Workshop:
- Post-it notes
- Yellow reader response journal
- Yellow reading folder
- Reading binder
- Reading log
- Independent reading book
All students will explore a variety of writing modes this year, including Narrative, Essay, Informational, Poetry, and Fantasy. Students will keep a writer's notebook to generate their ideas and develop writing pieces to be published. Workshop class time consists of a teacher-led mini-lesson, independent writing time with a teacher conference, as well as share time with a writing partner.
Daily materials needed for Writer's Workshop:
- Writer's notebook
- Black writing folder with writing tips packet
- Pencils/writing pen
Students will be pre-tested on a spelling skill each week. Based on their results, students will be given 20 words to learn by Friday's spelling test. Students are required to turn in three spelling homework assignments by Friday each week. They can choose from a spelling menu based on the list they are given.
Students will also work on weekly vocabulary. This word study work will be completed in class.