Students in third grade are working hard on their decoding and reading fluency skills. Every morning each third grade teacher does a routine to help students learn the five syllable types and practice decoding multi- syllable words. Students practice identifying syllable types and reading pseudowords with the syllable type they are learning. Third grade teachers are currently working on vowel team syllables, they have covered closed syllables, long vowel silent-e syllables, and open syllables already. Each teacher also does a fluency routine in the morning called duet reading. Students have a partner and a passage; students take turns reading every other word of the passage. Students are encouraged to push the pace of their reading partner. This routine helps improve student’s reading fluency and accuracy.
The students have been working very hard this school year! We hope they finish strong. Below is information about the classroom structure we are using for reading this year.
This is our second year using the reading materials, Wonders. Students are introduced to a variety of reading genres, skills, and strategies. Each day fourth graders receive whole group reading instruction, small group instruction, intervention, and a literacy program called 95% Group. Intervention groups are determined by using student FAST and MAP scores, along with their weekly Wonders’ assessments.
Throughout the year, we also encourage the love of reading by supplementing our reading skills with class novels. The novels we read in fourth grade are: Because of Winn-Dixie, Harriet Tubman, and Escaping the Giant Wave. We continue to practice our skills and strategies while reading these texts.
We appreciate all of your support and help. Our desire is that your child leaves fourth grade with a love of reading and learning.
Please continue to support your child at home by reading nightly.
Fifth grade will finish strong! Here is a look ahead at the skills and strategies students will learn the remainder of the year.
- Making predictions
- Asking and answering questions
- Compare and contrast
- Cause and effect
- Author’s point of view
- Problem and solution
Looking for a good book for spring break?
Here are some books the fifth grade teachers recommend:
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
- The Inquisitor’s Tale and The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam Gidwitz
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill