- This approach immerses your child in the writing process
- Short instructional mini-lessons
- Skills practiced by: partner turn and talks, sharing of writing, and writing in notebook
- Units of Study: Launching Writerly Life, Personal Narratives, Realistic Fiction - Arc of a Story, Informational Writing, Personal & Persuasive Essays, Literary Essay, and Poetry
- We are currently gathering “seed ideas” and working on descriptive writing
- Grammar taught by mini lessons as well as both small and whole group instruction
- Based on the theory of constructivism, which argues that children are capable and learn best when given the opportunity to construct their own understanding.
- Children will approximate as they learn. Expect mistakes! The single most important factor in your child success as a reader and writer is the time they spend actually reading and the focus is to develop and continue a love of reading.
- Students learn to personalize their reading by choosing “just right” books.
- Instruction or mini lessons are given to guide and accommodate your child through the reading process.
- Strategies for “thinking” while you read are taught. These include: Making connections to our text, predicting, questioning, visualizing, and making inferences.
- Ideas and thoughts are discussed and recorded in their Reader’s Notebook
- Whole group, small group, and partner sharing
- Multiplication and Division Facts + Concepts
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
- Fractions - equivalence, adding + subtraction, mixed numbers
- Measurements + Conversions
- Lines, Angles, + Shapes
- Replaces our traditional spelling exercises
- Understanding spelling and words through observation
- Connecting and manipulating words
- Students are sometimes given a written assessment at the end of a skill cycle.
- Word study will be taught in school.
- Supports the learning happening within the writing workshop by providing students with a more structured rules-based look at writing
- Unit 1: Regions of New Jersey
- Unit 2: Pre-Colonial New Jersey
- Unit 3: Colonial New Jersey and America
- Unit 4: New Jersey and The American Revolution
- Unit 5: Government
- Rocks and Minerals
- Animal Studies
**The format takes an inquiry-based approach presenting concepts using scientific phenomena.