We currently use the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Language Arts Series ~ Treasures which combines Spelling, Grammar, and Reading in one program. Students have their own User name and passwords to access the website. Along with a text book, each student also receives a Spelling, Grammar, and Reading workbook.
Most weeks, we will have a new spelling list, grammar skill, and reading story. On Fridays, there will be a spelling test and a reading comprehension test. Students are responsible in completing all their spelling pages for homework by Friday. Remember, students can complete an extra credit assignment to improve their test grade. (see options below) They should also study the vocabulary words for the story each week, as they will be included in the reading comprehension assessment. Occasionally, there will be grammar quizzes as well.
Students are encouraged to visit the website, SpellingCity.com to practice their weekly words. (see letter below for directions) This is an excellent site that contains our Spelling lists that correspond to each story. Students can learn, review, and play various spelling games. Students can even print out handwriting sheets to help them improve their cursive writing using their specific spelling words.
Throughout the year, students will be engaged in writing lessons and activities that will focus on narrative, expository, explanatory, persuasive, and descriptive writing. Therefore, we may not always have grammar quizzes, as some skills are are assessed through student writing.
Students will read several novels during the year including, Hatchet, Every Soul a Star, Flush, and George Washington's Socks. We will engage in Literature Circles and other exciting activities with these novels.
There will also be other Language Arts projects that students will complete throughout the year. Some examples are the Bottle Project (African American and Women's History Month), 5th Grade Autobiographies, and independent book reports/projects.
Check out the following resources that students can use to increase their reading comprehension skills:
www.newsela.com - Students have a User Name & Password. They can read nonfiction articles based on their Lexile Level. Then, they can take online assessments to assess their comprehension.
www.raz-kids.com - Selected students have access to this site. They can listen to stories, read them independently and take online assessments to track their progress.
www.readworks.org - This site has various reading passages and assessments that can be printed out. They are organized by grade and Lexile level. You'll have to register to the site (for free) to gain access.
www.lexile.com - This site allows you to figure out a book's Lexile level or helps you to find books according to various levels. It's a great resource!
Research Links for Bottle Project: