Seelman

READING and ELA

Students will be using their committed book to complete independent study assignments in class. Rather than reading a weekly story from the Reading Street, students should spend time at home working on the 10 Book Challenge and tracking their reading on their “Reading in the Wild” strips.

Reading in the Wild 50 pg. Loops Reading Challenge 50 Loops
Overview of Scott Foresman Reading Street Curriculum:

We will be using the Scott Foresman Reading Street series for reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.  The 2013 edition is a new curriculum adopted by our school corporation for grades K-sixth.  It is based on both common core and Indiana State standards.  Each student will be provided a Reading Street textbook and Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook (workbook).  Additionally, you can view online materials and test results.

Each student will be provided a parent information page with directions for logging on to their student’s information.  On the website, www.pearsonrealize.com, you can access the Reading Street textbook online and the Sleuth booklet, used for small group work.  To view test and assignment progress, click the Parents tab in the upper left corner.

We will cover one story each week.  The specifics for the story are detailed above.  Each week will follow a similar pattern.  Monday:  Teachers will introduce the focus skills, strategies, vocabulary, etc. for the week.  Tuesday and Wednesday:  Using the Read for Understanding Routine, students read the main selection.  Close Reading notes guide students to use higher order thinking skills to draw more knowledge from the text.  Thursday:  Higher-order questions return students to the paired selection to analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and make inferences.  Students cite evidence from the text and practice writing.  Friday:  Students will take either an online assessment with a focus on vocabulary and comprehension or complete a Fresh Reads leveled passage with a focus on fluency and application of the weekly skill.

For forty minutes daily, students work  in small reading groups and at stations.  These instructional approaches will be used in addition to whole class instruction.  Students are grouped based on performance.  Progress will be monitored approximately every six weeks (per unit of study).  Every student will have the opportunity to meet with a teacher in a small group for differentiated instruction.  When students are not in small groups, they will be working independently at stations identified to practice and enhance the previous week’s focus skills and strategies.

 

Overview of Scott Foresman Reading Street Assessments:

This past summer Greenfield-Central Schools adopted a new reading program that serves students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. Scott Foresman Reading Street is a highly researched core program that we are excited to have in both our Tier 1 and Tier 2 schools. Some of you are already familiar with Scott Foresman Reading Street since our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students used an older version in previous years. Since we have adopted the updated version of Reading Street some things have changed from the prior version, one of those being the assessments.

The selection tests are an important part of the wide array of formal tests and classrooms assessments that support instruction in Scott Foresman Reading Street. These tests are designed to measure student progress based on the skills of  vocabulary, word analysis, comprehension and writing skills taught each week. Progress on the Weekly Tests is critical for determining whether the student is moving towards mastery with the weekly target skills.

Each selection test contains 4 skill subtests:
* Vocabulary: 5 -7 multiple choice questions that assess the week’s selection vocabulary words.
* Word Analysis: 5 -7 multiple choice questions that assess the week’s word analysis skill.
* Comprehension: A reading passage (different from the weekly story) with 5 questions to assess the week’s target comprehension skill, and 1-3 questions that assess review comprehension skills.
Writing: a writing prompt that asks a student to respond to the main selection that they read that week.

In previous years these assessments have tested the students’ knowledge of the story  they are reading that week in class. These tests have now been updated to better assess and identify a student’s mastery of vocabulary, word analysis, comprehension and writing skills taught each week.

As a parent know that you have access through  www.pearsonrealize.com to view the results of your child’s reading tests and their individualized areas of strength and need. Due to some issues with computer set-up, students took weekly tests for Unit 1 paper/pencil. Online results are available beginning with the Unit 1 benchmark. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s ELA teacher or Amanda Bradford, the GIS reading coach.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will have social studies on blue days as part of the ELA block.  Rather than a textbook, we utilize Indiana Studies Weekly, a weekly newspaper correlated to the Indiana fourth grade social studies standards.  Students will be provided a copy of the newspaper during class.  Additionally, each issue will be posted below for your personal reference.

Each issue will include a current event on the first page.  This is an account of something happening or a place you’ll enjoy visiting in our state right now.  The feature article will give you a head start on this week’s history lesson on the inside pages.  Wildlife examines some of the flora and fauna native to our state; Indiana Regions highlights our seven recreational areas; Indiana Legends will tell you stories true and not-so-true; Heartland Values will help you develop your all-important character; Arts and Crafts gives you instructions to make cool things; and the crossword puzzles will help you learn new words.

4th Grade Schedule 2015-16  This is the daily schedule for all 4th graders, including blue and gold days.

Blue-Gold Schedule for 2015-2016  Identifies which school days are blue and which days are gold (related arts).

G4 ELA Grading System 2015-16  This document identifies a breakdown of skills for ELA, reading and social studies.

GIS Grading Scale  This grading scale is used by all 4th grade teachers for grading assignments and for report cards.

Effort Matrix  This rubric is used by all 4th grade teachers to evaluate student effort in each class.

 

Links These may be helpful as you are working with your child and his/her homework.

https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com  Fourth grade Reading Street resources (Reading Street is our reading series)

http://www.greatsource.com/iwrite/index.html  GreatSource writing processes (WriteSource is our writing reference text)

http://www.momswhothink.com/reading/list-of-pronouns.html   Parts of speech

http://www.globalclassroom.org/2005/inservice/reading.html  Interactive reading and language arts websites

http://www.readinga-z.com/  Reading A-Z.com:  though a membership gets you the greatest access, there are free samples available.

http://www.readingrockets.org/  Reading Rockets:  reading strategies and topics

www.readtheory.org  Read Theory:  create student account for online reading comprehension

http://www.k12reader.com/4th-grade-reading-comprehension-worksheets/   K12Reader:  Reading instruction resources for teachers and parents

http://dictionary.reference.com/  Dictionary.com