Curriculum LITERACY Phonics Phonics is a method of teaching people to read by correlating sounds with letters or groups of letters in an alphabetic writing system. Students are given a lesson daily.
Letterland a phonics program that introduces a character for each letter- "Annie Apple" she has a sound, gesture, story and songs. **We will be doing a "Fast Track" to learn all of the characters (letters, sounds, character name). Then we will go more in depth of each one.
Reading A to Z Program (https://www.readinga-z.com) Parents can get access to this! There are GREAT books and activities on this website. The students log on and can read to self or listen to the book on the computer or ipad. I recommend that you include this into your daily reading routine in addition to what I give you. __________________________________________ Daily 5 (While students are working in these centers I will be pulling back small groups for reading groups and other learning activities) Read to self-. students read to themselves while sitting quietly in their own space. Students are expected to read and reread their books until time to change activities.
Read to Someone-students partner up and read to each other. In the beginning of the year we practice sitting knee to knee while students share a book and take turns reading or telling a story from the pictures.
Listen to reading- Students will listen to a story being read to them and follow along with the book (books on CD's and using RAZ kids).
Word Work Students work in their groups to practice reading words or work on different word games. Counting syllables; identifying beginning, middle or end sounds; spelling out words; changing beginning sounds to make new words; practice writing sight words; word families.
Writing Students are working on producing writing in their writing folders. We are focusing on getting a drawing on the paper and adding labels/words/sentences to the page. Students can use the first letter of the word to help them label their picture (ex: if their picture has a house student will put an H next to the house). "Good writers are never done" __________________________________________ MATH First students participate in a group lesson. We use the Envisions program. Students will solve a problem first. We come back together and learn about the topic. Students get to see a short video with examples and then they work on that task at their seat.
Then we move into groups.... Daily 4 Math Groups. Groups are ability grouped. Students may be working on different things depending on what they need to work on. Students are able to work on the floor or anywhere in the room.
Math by Myself- Students work by themselves on a task (worksheet, game etc.) Math with a partner- Students work in a group to play math games. Math with a teacher- Students work at the teacher table to expand on what we are learning or work in an intervention group. Math with technology- Students work on the ipads or computers to play math games. We use dreambox which is a self paced math program. I choose what I want them to work on. If they do not "pass" the standard they have to keep working on it until they succeed. _____________________________________________________ SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES We rotate between science and social studies lessons. They usually include a group lesson and some type of work to reinforce. *In the beginning of the year we talk about school and classroom rules. We also talk about safe/unsafe behaviors etc. We learn how to be a good friend and make others feel welcome.
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