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Fifth Grade Reading

During the reading portion of the day, students will participate in the Reading Workshop model. This includes students participating in guided reading groups, word study, independent reading, book talks, and response to non-fiction (informational text).

Using diagnostic assessments and data, students are grouped into guided reading groups where they are then taught strategies and they can practice reading and comprehension skills. Instruction is guided by the Literacy Collaborative literature. Some titles included in this Collaborative are Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, genre, and Content Literacy by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Teaching for Comprehension and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8 also written by Fountas and Pinnell, and Assessing Writers by Carl Anderson.

For word study, students will learn a new spelling rule each week. The purpose of word study is to improve the students’ spelling as well as improve their understanding of words and word parts.

Students should be exposed to as much written language as much as possible. Each student will always have an independent reading book at school. Students will also be required to have a book at home to read. They will keep track of the books they have read and completed in their Reader’s Notebook.

Below is a plan for units of study in reading for the year:

When Unit of Study
September First 20 Days – This sets up routines and expectations for “good” readers during reading workshop
October - Thanksgiving Character Development / Reading Between the Lines
December Nonfiction
January - February Vacation Nonfiction
March Historical Fiction (Book Clubs)
April Historical Fiction (Book Clubs)
May - June Biography