5th Grade Reading

readingThis is an exciting year with a new schedule and new classroom practices.  We have sixty minutes in class time which will be divided up into four primary chunks of Silent Reading, Skills/Strategies Instruction, Group/Partner Practice, and Independent Work Time.

During the first of this year, while your student will be getting used to the new schedule and class routines, we will be assessing his/her reading abilities utilizing a variety of assessments.  We will use our findings to individualize your student's lessons on skills and strategies.

Some Key Practices:

Independent Reading - Your child will be picking out a library book for nightly independent reading.  Students will discuss their reading daily with the teacher.  Students will be graded on an average using quiz scores or summary reports.

Folders - Students will keep a folder which will contain all the elements and notes taught in class.  This includes a checklist of the standards they have mastered.  It also includes vocabulary words and the journal.  (see below)  Folders will be graded at the end of each quarter. 

Vocabulary - Students will keep an individual word chart in their portfolio which will list words given in class, interesting words they would like to learn, and words from other classes.  Grades will be given based on projects and quizzes.

Journal - Students will be expected to write daily about reading.  Topics include but are not limited to teacher given topics, strategies and skills focus, and independent reading questions, connections, and thoughts.

Centers - At times activities will be assigned during independent work time.  Students will have one week to complete these activities and turn them in for a grade.

Teacher Log - Documentation of student learning, individual strategies and skills learned, partner/group work, and conferencing notes/goals.

We are trying to individualize your child's classroom learning and tailor it to their specific needs.  Since the methods will be new to the classroom, we expect changes to continually improve the classroom learning experience.  We ask for your patience in this endeavor.

Designed by Lynn Smith, Computer Teacher/Web Tech (lsmith@southcentralschools.org)