Texts: Reading Street by Pearson, Handwriting: Grade 3 by Zaner-Bloser, and Sitton Spelling program
Our balanced literacy program offers students a comprehensive approach to reading. Students read and respond to a variety of literary genres such as contemporary fiction, biography, informational articles, fantasy, folk tales, plays, interviews, historical fiction, and narrative poetry. Students will compare and contrast stories and characters, form opinions, reach conclusions, and examine cause and effect relationships based on the material they read. Development of vocabulary and spelling skills are key components of our program.
Students will write with clarity, description, sequence, and organization for a variety of purposes such as poetry, friendly letter, summary, exposition, autobiographical incident, book reports, and journals. Both manuscript and cursive handwriting will be used. Students will participate in all stages of the writing process: prewriting, first draft, independent revision, peer editing, teacher conference, and the final draft. In addition, they will read and share their writing during Author’s Chair.