2 Agenda Introduction Goals What Reading looks like at Lovett 1. Whole Group/Shared Reading2. Read Aloud3. Guided Reading4. Literature Circles5. Book ClubReading StrategiesGrade Level Expectations1.Third Grade2.Fourth Grade3.Fifth GradeTesting ProceduresStudent ExpectationsParent ExpectationsTeacher ExpectationsDoor Prizes
3 GoalsAt Lovett, we feel that we should meet every child’s instructional needs. We do this by pulling small groups for reading instruction. Our goal is for every child to at least meet end of the year reading expectations or to make at least a years growth. For example, if a 4th grade student begins the school year on a level 44 (which is above expectations) we would expect them to end the school year on a minimum of a level 54.
4 What Reading Looks Like at Lovett Small groups of children will be reading together based on their shared reading levelThe classroom teacher will pull 2 to 3 small groups a day and focus on specific reading strategiesStudents will be partnered with another student and will work through literacy based workstations
5 Whole Group/Shared Reading Everyday during your child’s reading block 20 to 30 minutes will be spent in whole group. The teacher will be reading aloud a text to the students. The text being read will usually tie into what the students are learning about in Social Studies or Science. The teacher and students will think aloud about the text, have discussions and unknown vocabulary will be discussed.
6 What is a Read Aloud?Read aloud is a strategy used by teachers to engage students in the reading process. In an interactive read aloud, the teacher reads a book or short text stopping at predetermined points to ask students questions. Read aloud is done every day for about 10 minutes.
7 What is Guided Reading?Guided Reading is a program where students will work in small groups with the teacher to improve their reading abilities based on their current reading level. Groups will change throughout the year based on individual student’s progress. Our focus during small group instruction will be reading strategies such as comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, phonemic awareness and fluency.
8 What are Literature Circles? Literature Circles are small groups of students who gather on a regular basis (3 to 4 times a week) to discuss a book on their reading level. The classroom teacher will pull 2 to 3 groups a day to discuss what is being read and to work on specific reading strategies and skills. Literature Circle groups will be working on vocabulary, thick questions and comprehension strategies. Students will learn to make connections while reading a text. They will make text to self connections, text to text connections and text to world connections.
9 What is Book Club?Book Clubs are small groups of students who gather on a regular basis (3 to 4 times a week) to discuss a chapter book on their reading level. Book Club groups will meet with the classroom teacher at least twice a week to have open discussions about the current chapter or pages they have read. Book Club students will keep an on going journal where they will have specific topics or questions to discuss and research such as: vocabulary, thick questions, comprehension strategies (such as main idea, inferencing, context clues and cause & effect), literary devices (such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, imagery, etc…) and an opportunity to reflect in writing about what has been read. Students will also make text to text, text to self and text to world connections. This collaborative and student-centered learning environment provides a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they re-read, discuss, and respond to different genres of literature.
10 Reading Strategies What Good Readers Do Preview:Look at the cover and titleLook at some of the pictures and read some of the textQuestion:Ask who, what, when, where, why and howDecide if what you’ve read makes sensePredict:Wonder about what will happen nextMake guesses and read ahead to see if your predictions are correctInfer:Imagine the detailsUse what you’ve read to understandConnect:Relate what you’ve read to what you know, and to your thoughts and feelingsCompare what you’ve read to other texts and to the world around youSummarize:Organize and connect the detailsDraw your own conclusionEvaluate:Think about what you’ve readWhat did you learn?Was it important to you? Why or why not?Did you like it ? Why or why not?
11 Grade Level Expectations Third Grade Minimum Expectations:DRA 28/30 to 38/40AR Level 3.0 to 3.8/4.0Lexile Level 600 to 700Fourth Grade Minimum Expectations:DRA 38/40 to 48/50AR Level 4.0 to 4.8/5.0Lexile Level 700 to 800Fifth Grade Minimum Expectations:DRA 48/50 to 58/60AR Level 4.8/5.0 to 5.8/6.0Lexile Level 800 to 900
12 Testing Procedures How do we find your child’s reading level? At Lovett we use three main ways to determine your child’s instructional reading levelDRA (Developmental Reading Level) - a reading assessment that gives teachers your child’s instructional reading levelSTAR Test – given 3 times year in the computer lab, which gives us your child’s AR range, a range of library books that meet your child’s instructional reading levelLexile Level – a reading score based on your child’s Standford and STARR reading scores
13 Student Expectations Read 20 to 30 minutes a night Find a quiet, cozy spot at home to readDo any reading homework assignedPick and read books that are with-in y AR your child’s AR range/their instructional levelEnjoy reading assigned textBecome a life-long reader
14 Parent ExpectationsFind a quiet, cozy spot in your home for your child to read 20 to 30 minutes a nightHave discussions with your child about what they are readingRead to your child so they learn what reading (fluency) is supposed to sound likeMonitor their reading progressStay in touch with your child’s reading teacher
15 Teacher Expectations Pull small groups everyday (2 to 3 groups a day) Have students reading in small groups based upon their instructional reading levelHave open discussions about what students are reading in their small groupsFocus on specific strategies based on level and needKeep in touch with parents to inform them of students progress
16 Thank you for coming!Enjoy your day!Keep in touch with your child’s teacherany questions or concerns toRead, Read, Read!