Mrs. Polacek teaches Reading to our class. Please visit her website to see more information on this subject.

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From her site:

PolacekREADINGWonders, a McGraw-Hill Education product, is designed to help students meet high academic standards and prepare them for future success. Teachers will use Wonders to help your childMaster foundational skills of phonics, vocabulary, spelling, and word studyEngage in close reading of complex text and find text evidenceTake part in daily academic conversations with peersDevelop the love of reading through engaging literature and student choice.
In class, your child will be close reading, writing analytically, and practicing foundational skills using Wonders books and support materials.
Your child’s teacher will use a gradual release of responsibility learning approach. First, the teacher will clearly explain and model the skills and strategies, then provide guided practice opportunities before prompting children to either work independently or to collaborate with their classmates. Students will read and reread short, complex texts in the Reading/Writing Workshop. They will learn to take notes, ask and answer text-dependent questions, and cite text evidence. Then, students will apply what they have learned to longer texts in the Literature Anthology and Leveled Readers.You and your child can access Wonders digital content online from home. Your child will receive a ConnectED account after the beginning of the school year.As we transition into Wonders, students will find the texts to be more complex and therefore, challenging. The conversations they will have about the texts will push them to think more deeply and critically. The rigor will be noticed and teachers will support your child along the way.


1. Connections- recalling prior knowledge or experiences and relating to what is read

2. Mental Pictures/Visualization - create a picture in your mind of what is read

3. Questioning - ask questions before, during, and after to deepen meaning

4. Inferring - using schema with new text to draw conclusions

5. Determine Importance - distinguish between important and unimportant information to identify key ideas

6. Synthesis - review, sort, and sift through new information to find new insight

7. Fix Up - monitor and adjust when information doesn't make sense

SIGNPOSTS (when you notice these, you stop and ask why - and notice how they relate to character, setting, conflict or theme)

1.AGAIN AND AGAIN - word, phrase or situation happens over and over again

2. MEMORY MOMENT - author stops the action to tell a memory

3. TOUGH QUESTIONS - a character asks himself difficult questions

4. AHA MOMENT - a character suddenly realizes something

5. WORD OF THE WISER - older and wiser character takes main character to the side to give advice

6. CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS - a character does something that contradicts earlier behavior

Parent Support

1. Read with your child

2. Ask your child to tell you what they just read. They can use the Seven Key Strategies to explain.

3. Give your child opportunities to read - newspaper, article you find interesting, something online, etc.