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English/Language Arts
Reading and Writing are the single most important topics covered in school as they are an integral part of every subject area.  Though I do not often assign written homework in reading and writing, these are things that students should be doing on a regular basis at home.  Please refer to the download below labelled "101 Ways to Read".  Students are never too old to read with someone at home.  In fact, reading aloud with someone is one of the best ways to increase your child's fluency (see the download titled "Strategies to IncreaseReading Fluecy" for specific strategies).  Also reading together with your child and having conversations about the text can help build comprehension skills.   In the Download section below, you can also access the writing rubric that students use to assess their own writing in school & which I also use to assess them.  The links to the right have reading/ELA games and activities to engage students at home.
 
Below is a general month by month overview of what we will be focussing on in class in ELA.  This may change some as the year goes on.  We encourage you to have regular conversations with your child about what they are learning in school.
 
 
Month by Month Content
September:
   -Read Skinnybones by Barbara Parks
   -complete a "webpage" based on a magazine article about an animal (with a focus on informational text components)
   -write a descriptive essay about a piece of matter
October:
   -Read Journey by Patricia MacLachlan
   -write a process essay explaining the water cycle
November:
   -Read Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen (connected to our Iroquois unit)
   -writing related to our Iroquois Native American unit
December:
   -Reading/Writing related to our study of folktales
January:
   -Reading/Writing related to our study of Greek Mythology
   -Planet research project
February:
   -Continue planet research project
   -Begin poetry unit
March:
   -Continue poetry unit
   -Read Love that Dog & Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech
April:
   -preparation for the NYS ELA exam
   -Read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
 
 
 
 
Reading/Writing Downloads
40 South Canal Street | Greene, New York 13778 | Phone 607.656.4161 | Fax 607.656.9362
40 South Canal Street    |    Greene, New York 13778    |    Phone 607.656.4161    |    Fax 607.656.9362
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