Language Arts

Writing

This coming year we will be working on a variety of writing pieces! Learners will have experience with informative, persuasive and entertainment prompts! They will also get to write their own news report!

Reading

Reading Volume!
It is shown that learners who read more benefit greatly. According to the U.S Department of education - 

“at every level, reading more pages at home and at school was associated with higher scores.”  (1999)

So how do we accomplish this? How do we allow kids to have the ability to read more?

Lucy Calkins stated the following in 2015 regarding allowing learners to become readers:

“The single most important thing we can do to make schools
into places where youngsters thrive as readers is
to clear out the time and space so that children can
learn to read by reading… It is impossible to
stress enough the importance of kids ‘just reading’.” 

So we have been doing just that. Every afternoon after recess, we find a comfy spot and open a book. Learners read independently or with a buddy for the last half hour of the day while I confer with learners individually. This makes a great transition into our reader's workshop block!

We would love to allow learners to get lost in a book continuously. The expectation is that we are reading 25-30 minutes in school and 25-30 minutes at home. In a just right book this should equate into about 30 pages for every 25 minutes of reading.
 
Reading Rotations
This year fifth grade classes will be working through reading rotations during our workshop block. These rotations will allow learners to be exposed to a wide variety of literacy learning every day, as well as fostering independence in our learners.  Every day the learners will have a reading skills and word study station as well as the opportunity to work with a teacher in a small group. The other stations will cycle through, more kinds of stations will be added as the year goes on and learners adjust to this workshop routine.
Reading Skills - Readers will work with fiction and nonfiction articles to help them develop important skills as readers.
Word Study: Learners will extend their spelling pattern AND vocabulary knowledge by categorizing, manipulating, and defining their weekly spelling words. 
Teacher Work: Learners will be invited to work with a teacher in the room to expand their reading skills, get into a new book or review skills they may need some more work on.
Language/Grammar: Learners will work on a variety of language and grammar skills by doing sorts, playing games and working through activities.
Data Binders: Fifth graders are at a point where they are more than capable of monitoring their academic progress and setting goals. Once a week they will reflect on graded work and record their grades and reflections in their ELA data binder.
i-Ready: Learners will work through individualized lessons through the i-Ready computerized program  


Word Study

Learners in the 3rd - 12th grades should be learning 2,000 new words per year. This is approached by reading, direct vocabulary instruction, and enriching oral language in school, and home environments.

If you are looking to enrich your learner's vocabulary at home, some great ways to do this are:

- Talking to them with enriching vocabulary and figurative language.

- Reading above grade-level (appropriate) texts aloud to them.