Students will focus on reading comprehension skills which include: visualizing, predicting, questioning, making connections, clarifying to find the meaning, making inferences, summarizing, and determining what is important in nonfiction. They will use graphic organizers such as charts and diagrams to record their thinking. They will focus on these skills during small group instruction in which they will read books that are developmentally appropriate.
Students will focus on writing as they learn to plan, draft a large paragraph or multiple paragraphs, revise, edit, and publish their work. They will write about their own ideas as well as topics the teachers assign. They will conference with their teachers one-on-one to discuss how to improve their writing.