Curriculum Updates

 


 English Language Arts (ELA)
 

In reading, the classroom structure I use is called "Daily Five". Soon your child will be talking about "The Daily Five" at home.

The Daily Five is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually.When introduced to each task, the children discuss what it looks like,sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently. Then,the children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.

The five task include: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing and Word Work.

 When all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing activities, I am able to work with small groups and confer with children one on one. This structure is effective, the results are amazing, and the children really look forward to Daily Five time. Ask your child about Daily Five and see what he/she has to say. I anticipate your child will tell you about the class stamina, how we are working towards independence, and maybe you will even hear about some of he fantastic things your child has written, read, or listened to during our structured reading time.

 

Spelling

A spelling list will be given each week.  It is kept in student's F.R.O.G. Folders.  Please practice spelling words often. 

 Here are some ways to study your spelling words:
  1. Type ‘Em: Type all of your spelling words on the computer.  You can even email them to me at joanna_alspaugh@wasdpa.org
  2. Fancy Letters:Use old magazines, catalogs, or newspapers to cut out letters and glue them down to spell your words.
  3. Spelling Baseball:Draw four bases on a piece of paper or set up four chairs to be the bases.  The pitcher selects a word.  If the batter can spell the word correctly, he/she can move forward one base.  If the batter cannot spell the word correctly, he/she remains at home.  Every time you pass home base, you receive a point.
  4.  Exercise while spelling your words.  Remember to Say It, Spell It, Say It.
  5. Magnetic Letters: Use the magnetic letters on your refrigerator to spell our weekly words.

Accelerated Reader
This is our Independent Reading program.  It provides students the opportunity to read at their independent reading level. A STAR test will be given to determine a student's level.   Students are expected to read for 20 minutes each evening. The nightly reading is tracked in the AR folders on a reading log.   ** Please Note: each line on the log represents 20 minutes of reading, NOT each individual book. After reading an AR book, students will take an AR comprehension quiz.Students must pass with 70%.

    


 Math:

We use the Everyday Mathematics program. In this program you can expect to see:

  • a problem solving approach based on everyday situations
  • an instructional approach that revisits concepts regularly
  • frequent practices of basic skills, often through games
  • lessons based on activities and discussions, not a textbook; and
  • mathematical content that goes beyond basic arithmetic

 

 

How to help your child be successful in Math year:
  • Read and save Family Letters that come home at the start of each unit.  They give an overview of the skills to be learned, games that can be played at home and answers to the Home Links.
  • Go over the directions for Home Links with your child. Check the Home Link when completed.
  • When Progress Checks are returned, go over any problems that your child got incorrect.
  • Make Math fun at you house-incorporate math skills at home, when cooking and shopping...
  • Practice these basic skills:
  1. Count to 1,000 by 1's, 2's, 5's 10's, 25's and 100's starting at various numbers
  2. Identify coins and their values
  3. Create coin combinations and make money exchanges
  4. Tell time and set a clock to specific times
  5. Solve basic addition, subtraction fact, multiplication and division facts

Content:
 

Our Content Curriculum is comprised of Science and Social Studies.  We work on rotating units from each content area.  We are currently working on Social Studies Unit 1.