This will be the second year of using our reading program from Scott Foresman that consists of an anthology text, which is divided into six different units, and leveled readers. Students will read both fiction and non-fiction selections, poetry, essays, and more. Each theme will have basic reading strategies that will be taught. Click on the links below to find out the different stories in each theme along with the reading skills and strategies.
Unit 5 - Adventures by Land, Air, and Water
Listed below are two websites that may be used in class and for students to use at home. These sites have a variety of games and skill review specifically related to our class reading stories.
Class Read-Aloud Book
Exciting news is that each year I have a class read-aloud book. In the past we read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This year we are starting with one my favorites, The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson.
Other reading activities include student created book reports. After reading a genre-specific novel, students will be given detailed instructions on completing a book report project. In the past students dressed up for biographies, made cereal boxes, pop-up people, dioramas, giant post cards, and more. Parents are requested to monitor their child's progress when reading and guide them through the project, however the written summary and project should be the independent work of each student.
Pennsylvania standards suggest students read 25 grade level books each school year. Students are encouraged to read 5 books each month to build background knowledge, increase their understanding, and just for pleasure.
Interesting - Food for Thought / Read below.
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