We will be using the newly adopted Benchmark Reading series this year. We will also be incorporating the Daily Five into our Language Arts blocks. The Daily Five is a structure for Language Arts that encourages student choice and independence which leads to a high level of student engagement and motivation. We will provide a literature rich curriculum with different genres and novel studies throughout the year. We will be using “Words Their Way” which focuses on spelling patterns rather than memorized lists of spelling words. In writing we will emphasis opinion pieces, informational/ explanatory text, and narratives.
We will be using a variety of materials in order to teach the Common Core State Standards in math this year. Some of the materials we will be using include units from the UCI math project, Engage NY, as well as teacher created materials. Our math instruction will emphasis learning strategies to help with problem solving, hands-on exploration, and a differentiated approach to best meet the needs of all learners. Knowledge of the basic multiplication and division facts is very important this year. We will be using a program called Factswise to help each student learn their facts through a weekly goal and personal assessment.