Our reading time is a combination of whole group and small group work. The biggest chunk of time is in guided reading where teachers group students by the reading levels and do skill-based lessons at student reading levels. This allows the teacher to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of their variety of readers.
We are currently using the Scott Foresman Reading Street Program 2008 as our core reading curriculum. We will be exploring and deciding on a new program to begin for the 2018-2019 school year. Here is a little info on our current series.
Reading Street is a Pre-K through Grade 6 reading program designed to help teachers build readers by using engaging literature, research-based instruction, and a wealth of teaching tools. Also available are resources for English Language Learners, the digital components of the program, and additional resources available for practice.
The program components include the following:
- Student Edition
- Teacher's Editions
- Leveled Readers
- Trade books
- Big Books
- Decodable Readers
- Phonics and Word Study
- Language arts
Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA)
Starting the 2018-2019 school year, we will be using a common reading leveling system for grades K-5. To determine reading levels, our teachers will be using the IRLA. The IRLA delivers specific and actionable data that tells the teacher where a student is, why, and the sequence of skills/behaviors she needs to learn next to accelerate her reading growth. By having a common leveling system, we will be able to assure continuous progress of all of our students.
ARC Core Pilot- 2018-2019
Reading Street is becoming outdated and it is time to update our curriculum materials. This year, we will be piloting a program through the American Reading Company called ARC CORE. Two classrooms in each grade (1st-5th) will be piloting this program this year. For more information about ARC Core, please follow the link below: