This year we will use 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 list during each unit of study. Spelling tests will not necessarily be every week; rather every 5 lessons or so. 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 are addressing the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards). Some topics we cover are plants and animals, matter, energy, forces and motion, and sound.
We will use TCI Social Studies curriculum which is an interactive program that is designed to teach students about the world around them and how our cultures were created through engaging activities and lessons.