This year I will be piloting the Pearson ReadyGEN reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. Lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzing text structure. ReadyGEN uses a generative approach to vocabulary instruction where words are taught in clusters, with a focus on key words that are critical to understanding the text. Throughout the year, students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text. ReadyGEN also offers interactive anchor texts, digital publishing tools, and game-based online activities to increase student engagement while building literacy skills.
Grammar: We will cover sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and contractions.
Spelling/Phonics: We will be using the ReadyGEN spelling/phonics program which focuses on spelling patterns. Students will work on a given spelling pattern during each unit of study. However, a weekly test on these words will NOT be given. Rather, students will be assessed on spelling skills and application of spelling patterns in their writing. Students have additional opportunities for practice in the classroom that will include: workbook pages, creating sentences, ABC order, word patterns, etc.
Our math program is called Everyday Math. Throughout the year, students will be working on whole number operations, patterns and rules, probability, place value, time, money, measurement, geometry, fractions, and problem solving.
We cover the following topics in Science:
*Plants and Animals
*Properties of Matter
*Forces and Motion
* We cover the following topics in Social Studies:
*Maps and Geography
* 50 States* Landforms