English Language Arts

Overview

In the  elementary program we feel literacy is the key to accessing all learning. Classroom teachers utilize a blend of programs and materials to instruct students in reading and writing. Harcourt Storytown is used as the core program of instruction and addresses the 5 components of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. This program provides 3 levels of materials and texts to ensure that the needs of all students are met. As student progress into upper elementary, the reading instruction transitions away from a prescribed program and focuses more on literature-based instruction tied to student reading levels.

Raz-Kids

K-3 students have access to RAZ-Kids. With RAZ Kids, students can practice reading anytime, anywhere-at home, on the go, and even during the summer! Teachers are able to give assignments and track student progress. The “RAZ Rocket”gets students excited about reading! Raz-Kids can be accessed via web by visiting www.https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login or through their app.  Raz-Kids App directions. Login information will be provided by your child's teacher.

Writing

Being a Writer is used in grades K-6. Being a Writer focuses on the writing process while instructing through mentor texts. A large portion of the writers workshop involves student writing and conferencing.

Spelling

K-2nd: Students are instructed the multi-sensory, structured language program Fundations. Fundations is a facet of the Wilson approach to reading instruction. 3rd-5th: Students receive spelling instruction through a word study approach. Word study uses categorization sorts and activities that encourage word play and manipulation to help students explore word patterns and internalize spelling rules. ​

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