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This Year In Reading...


            Our reading block will be set up using the management system called the Daily Five.  This is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.  When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five.  The Daily Five is comprised of: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work.
             Reading lessons will be enriched with the use of our new reading series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called Journeys.  Each week we will read a main story and do activities to go along with its theme.  Each story has phonics, vocabulary, leveled readers, study skills, and grammar/writing lessons to go along with it.


            Along with Journeys, Café lessons will be taught to students to help them become life-long readers.  Café is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.  With Café, specific strategies are taught to students to help them become better readers.  A menu of suggestions is put up on the wall and the children are encouraged to choose from these strategies when coming across problems in their reading. 


We will be participating in the BookIT! program this year.  Each month, your student will be given a goal for how many minutes to read.  If your student reaches that goal, send the signed calendar back to school and your child will receive a coupon for a free mini-pizza from Pizza Hut.  Each completed calendar brought back adds a scoop of ice-cream or a topping for our ice-cream party at the end of the year! 

Mystery Readers

            Mystery Readers are parents, grandparents, etc. that volunteer one time to read a short story to our class.  They remain anonymous until their arrival and the children get to guess who they think is coming.  Mystery Reader times are on Friday afternoons.  Contact me if you are interested.

Scholastic Book Orders

Book orders will be passed out monthly. Orders can be turned in to me or placed online.  If you order online you will want to go to  If this is your first time ordering online use our class activation code: GP3HQ.  Our class earns points with every purchase which allows us to get free books for our classroom library.