Our reading series, Journeys, is aligned to the ELA Common Core standards. This series also includes grammar, spelling, and writing instruction. In addition to whole group instruction, paired reading, and independent work, students will be working in reading stations in my classroom. The leveled readers and packets in these stations are differentiated for the different reading levels of 4th grade students. Your child may change groups based on assessments, classroom performance, and teacher discretion. Please check "reading assignments" on my page for the weekly story selection, skills, and assessments and/or due dates. I also include a reading “mini-project” to reinforce skills in a creative way for each selection.
Before the winter break and after PSSA testing, we will complete novel units. My reading assignments do change during those times and will be communicated to students and parents.
To encourage reading outside of the classroom, students in my classes will read chapter books and write “Book Sharing Letters” to assigned friends in an effort to share the books. These letters will be written in a letter format, and we will review letter writing in class. Book Sharing Letters will be completed throughout the school year.
In reading, the following items are generally due as follows. (There may be other assignments.)
- Day 2: Signed book mark is due to confirm the story was read by your child at home.
- Day 5: Reading Packet is due. (Students will work on these in groups on Day 3 and Day 4. Band is also on Day 4, and I try and structure my whole group instruction when all students are in class. Therefore, students may have more to complete on their own in these packets if they miss class for band. I allow students to turn these in on Day 4, if they are complete.)
- Day 6: Selection Comprehension Test, Vocabulary Test, and reading “mini-project” is due.