Scott Foresman is our Reading and Language series. The series is divided into 6 themed units. Most weeks we will cover a story in the book, along with a complementary skill lesson and vocabulary. A main language objective, or two, is covered with each theme (such as nouns). Each week's story will be wrapped up with a "Selection Test" on the story, which is in a multiple choice format of 15 questions. These are taken are regular grades, and students are always allowed to, actually encouraged, to look back in the story while completing these assignments.
Without question, there is no skill which has greater impact on your child’s success in school than reading. Time is set aside each day in class for a sustained silent reading period. In addition, part of your child's nightly homework it to read independently for at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY! Please help your child to see this as an enjoyable time to become immersed in a good book, a positive attitude can make reading fun!
To encourage students to read more at home this year, they will be reading Accelerated Reader (AR) books from our library. AR books in our school library are marked with a star on the side of them and constitute a large number (literally thousands) of commonly read children’s books. After students have read an AR book, they have the opportunity to take a short quiz over the book on the computer (usually 10 questions). You can view your child's progress by logging on to the AR site, the username and password is the same as what your child uses at home to take a test. ONCE YOU LOG ON, YOU CAN SET IT UP TO HAVE AN EMAIL SENT TO YOU EVERY TIME YOUR CHILD TAKES AN AR TEST AT SCHOOL!!!! I find this very useful with my own children, please let me know if you need any help setting this up. The varying number of points each student earns for the test is determined by several factors including: difficulty of the book, length of the book, and how many questions were answered correctly. Student goals are set individually to meet the needs of each child. To meet goals students MUST read nightly to keep up. Students who get behind in points may lose privileges, such as recess, to catch up on their reading.
We will read many novels together this year as well. Some novels will be read as a whole class, and some will be done in small groups. For me, the biggest goal for reading novels together is to help to develop an appreciation for good literature.
We will work a lot on paragraph writing this year. The first half of the year will focus heavily on writing a cohesive paragraph that stays on topic, starts with a main idea, and has good supporting sentences. Towards the end of the year students will be introduced to writing multiple paragraphs, which will be the focus for 4th grade. We will complete one major writing assignment each. Some will be kept in the students' files to measure progress, others will be coming home. Another main focus this year will be on letter writing.
Please see the spelling page for a complete list of spelling words, these are also in their assignment notebook. Each Monday students will be introduced to the week's words. Spelling tests are usually on Thursdays.