Students are writing reports on a region of the united states. They will research culture, historical places, landmarks, major cities, and climate. Students will use their reports to help them create a travel brochure.
Students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction text throughout the year. Reading will be integrated with the science and social studies curriculum whenever possible. Students will use Close Reading strategies to answer questions and respond to text. When reading novels in groups students will participate in literature circle discussions and complete jobs such as Discussion Director, Connector, Summarizer, Investigator, Vocabulary Enricher, Illustrator, and Literary Luminary.
The Wordly Wise Vocabulary Program will be an integral part of literacy. The program provides direct academic vocabulary instruction that develops the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Direct instruction of important, useful, and difficult words helps students successfully comprehend content-area texts. Each lesson incorporates the use of context clues, word study (Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, and synonyms and antonyms), reading comprehension, and writing.