We will be using 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. The goal of ReadyGen is to build strong readers and writers through a lesson structure that develops an understanding of big ideas in social studies and science concepts through conceptually coherent text sets. Text sets are a collection of texts deliberately organized around these topics.
At the core of ReadyGen is reciprocity between reading and writing to promote student thinking and understanding through citation of text-based evidence. Students write every day, and instruction is closely linked to reading, using the text as the model. Students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text.
The lesson design in ReadyGen builds independent readers and writers through rich discussion of text and daily writing using a range of teacher-driven instruction and opportunities for small group differentiated instruction.
Our math program is called Every Day Math. Students will be studying whole number operations, patterns and rules, probability, place value, time, money, measurement, geometry, fractions, and problem solving. Throughout the year, you will receive Family Letters to keep you informed of the mathematical concept that your child will be studying in each unit. Each letter includes a vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child, and an answer guide to selected Home Links (homework).
Our social studies program publisher is Pearson. The My World social studies program addresses the Common Core standards for English Language Arts. Some topics we study are: communities in the United States, civic ideals and practices, the beginning of our country, continuity and change, and global connections.
We are addressing the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards). Some Topics we cover are plants and animals, matter, energy, forces and motion, and sound.