We are in our groove working in our small groups. As we prepare for Christmas break, we will have lmited time working together, but will hit the ground running in the New Year with new content!:
1st Grade: We wrapped up our work with short vowel words and words that end in a long vowel sound, like we and go.
2nd Grade: Students were introduced to the challenging spelling patterns -scle, -stle, and -igh.
3rd Grade: We're continuing our novel study of "Poppy," an animal fantasy story about a mouse helping her family survive amidst the control of a great horned owl, Mr. Ocax. Students are doing a "read in" to enjoy the end of the novel. We will be doing a synthesis writing project after break writing to the Walt Disney Company persuading them to make this story into a Disney movie.
4th Grade: Students are almost mid-way through their book club study of Because of Winn Dixie. We've taken a close look at author's craft and found text evidence in support.
5th Grade: Students continue their study of Earthquake Terror. They will wrap this novel up after break!
What Kids are Reading and Why It Matters 2015
The 2015 edition of Renaissance Learning’s popular annual report presents tried and true lists of popular reading choices for students nationwide, including the books students are reading most overall, nonfiction selections by gender, and popular books categorized by text complexity. As always, this report is based on a wealth of data from the AR database—9.8 million students, 31,633 schools, 330 million books.
Homework and Assignments for Literacy Room Students
Students in grades 1-4 should read their leveled reader/passage for 5-10 minutes each night Monday-Thursday. On Friday I will listen to them read for fluency. Homework for grades 4-5 will be posted on their grade level homework grid. Students in grades 1-2 should complete 2 assigned pages in Explode the Code Monday-Thursday.
Students in grades 1 and 2--Please remeber to bring your binders back to school M-Th :)
Literacy Links to Love!
Fun Reading Games
Reading Resources for Struggling Readers and Kids with Dyslexia
Reading Level Correlation Chart
Over 47,000 Leveled Books (subscription based)
Reading A to Z Leveled Books Online
Greenlake Library's Leveled Books
IPL2 Kidspace (327 great reading links for kids)
40+ Best Books for Boys Ages 8-16
Reading Apps for Your Phone or Tablet
Brain Training and Mindfulness
Lumosity -- Brain Games
CogMed - Working Memory Training
Tikatok StorySpark -- Your child writes, illustrates and publishes their own stories
Bookster -- Your child reads their literary favs narrated by kids and records their own narration
Tales2Go -- stream online, unlimited access to more than 1,000 stories
A Story Before Bed -- more than 300 interactive read-along stories
MeeGenious -- audio playback of books to keep your bookworm engaged
Sight Word Flip It -- offers an effective and engaging way for kids to learn high frequency sight words
K-2 Mobile School Reading -- Kaeden Books - reading recovery, early literacy, learning to read, educational publisher,leveled books, Response to Intervention, Title I
Jumpstart Pet Rescue -- fundamental reading skills
Madagascar:My ABC -- master your ABCs
Jumpstart Jet Pack -- reading and math basics ages 5-9
Preschool Magic of Learning -- pre-reading and critical thinking
Jumpstart Jet Pack -- reading and math basics ages 5-9
Jungle Journey -- interactive board game practicing higher order comprehension skills linked to the CCSS
Curriculum and Instruction
The literacy room curriculum will follow the curriculum maps of homeroom classrooms, but will use resources specifically selected to meet the individual learning needs of the students. Students in grades 1 and 2 will be following the Super Kids reading program , with additional support using Explode the Code (phonics reinforcement). Students in grades 3-5 will follow the C.I.A. approach to reading novels by Reading Side-by-Side by Sarah Collinge. These units of study expose students to longer, more complex texts in instructional read-aloud. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres while being explicitly taught the Common Core State Standards. In addition we will use other sources including Reading Street, as well as online and other supplemental articles/texts.
Who Am I?
Born and raised in Seattle, I attended University of Washington where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I continued my studies at City University, earning a Masters in Teaching (K-8), and at Heritage College earning a Special Education Endorsement (K-12). I also have an endorsement in Psychology (K-12). My teaching career began at St. Francis of Assisi in Seahurst, Washington where I taught second grade for 7 years. Since joining the St. Catherine of Siena staff in 2011, I taught second grade for two years and currently serve as the Learning Specialist. I love the joy of teaching children to read and developing a passion for reading, as it is a foundational skill for the rest of their lives. In my spare time, I am an Associate Professor for City University where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in special education and early childhood education. As a busy mom of three children who attend St. Catherine School, I enjoy spending spare time running, hiking, camping, traveling and reading. Truly Northwest at heart...can't ever get enough time in nature!
Summer Resources 2017
Whether trying to get a jump start on your child's next grade level standards, review skills previously taught, or help solidify challenging concepts, here are a few local resources you might find beneficial this summer.
Summer Language Arts Program at Our Lady of the Lake
Spring Academy Tutors
North Seattle College Summer Reading Skills Programs