Our Journey’s Destination tonight… Our plan this evening is: To provide you with information about our school’s reading program To assist you with understanding your child’s reading development To provide you with the necessary strategies to enable you to assist your child
What are Common Core Standards (CCSS)? A set of learning skills that all American students should achieve – set the benchmarks and guidelines for what each student should learn, not how or what teachers teach – identify a progression of skills that students learn as they move through school.
Reading Street and the Common Core Standards (CCSS) Balanced literacy program Common Core aligned lessons Supports varied levels of reading Increased text complexity Balance of fiction and informational texts Emphasizes close reading
Reading Street continued… Supports writing instruction Focus on informative/explanatory, argumentative/opinion, and narrative writing Builds content knowledge Integrates 21 st Century Skills
Reading Street at School Reading at School includes the following: Read Alouds Shared Reading Guided Reading Independent Reading It may include the following groupings: Guided Reading groups that are teacher led Partner reading Small groups Whole class One to one
Home School Connection Q: How Can I Help at Home? A: Establish a daily reading routine Repeated Readings are great! 1. Build confidence 2. Practice fluency 3.Pay attention to punctuation, vary speed, and use different voices for characters
Home School Connection Q: What should I ask or talk about when reading with my child? A: Discuss the text Before, During, and After reading A: Ask questions that require more than recall Let’s look at these two a little closer…
Discussing Texts in K-5 Before Reading: Look at the cover (title, author, pictures) Make predictions Make connections (What does this remind me of?) Look at text features (labels, diagram, bold print) Point out new or unfamiliar words
Discussing Texts in K-5 During Reading: Stop at various points to ensure comprehension Summarize small parts Older students (jot notes) Make or revise predictions Ask questions Discuss their feelings about text
Discussing Texts in K-5 After Reading: Discuss parts they liked or disliked, the ending, theme, make connections Retell (fiction or non-fiction) Fiction- characters, setting, problem, events, solution, connect Non-Fiction-Topic/Main Idea, 3 facts, Wondering, Connect Ask Questions!
Discussing Texts (cont’d) After Reading: Ask in-depth why and how questions that encourage him/her to analyze and synthesize texts. Encourage your child to research a topic of interest by using informational texts and original documents. Question Examples: 1.How are two characters alike/different? 2. Why do you think the character did that? 3. What would you do in that situation? 4. What is the important message? 5. Why do you think the author wrote this?
Home School Connection Helping with Decoding Q: What should I do when my child is stuck on a word? A: Don’t tell them word, say “Let’s try again.” After a few attempts you can say the word. Then reread the sentence again.
Word Attack Strategies Eagle Eye- Look at the pictures for clues! Stretch Snake- Stretch the word slowly by putting the sounds together. Chunky Monkey – Chunk the word for parts you know (Ex: -at, -ing)
Word Attack Strategies Skippy Frog- Skip the word, read to the end of the sentence, “hop back” and try the word using background knowledge Tryin’ Lion- Reread the sentence and try a word that makes sense. Helpful Kangaroo- Ask for help only after you’ve tried other strategies
Reading Street’s “Good Readers” “Good Reading” includes: Decoding (sounding out) Fluency (proper speed, phrasing, and expression) Comprehension (understanding and applying) Expanding Vocabulary (figuring out and applying new words)
We’ve Made it to our Destination! Q &A Did we miss anything? What are you wondering? Reading Raffle
Thank You for Riding With Us! Please be sure to take home handouts and review them at your leisure Need Extra Help? We are available for you: Elba_castrovinci@lyndhurst.k12.nj.us Shauna_demarco@lyndhurst.k12.nj.us