Kindergarten
Students in kindergarten participate in whole group and small group literacy activities. Whole group activities include interactive read alouds of fiction and nonfiction text, shared reading of poems and songs, shared writing, and phonics/word work activities.
 
Small group activities include guided reading, word work, and guided writing. Small groups are flexible and are formed based on students’ individual needs.
 
While the teacher meets with small groups, students rotate through  literacy centers. Literacy centers may include listening to books on the computer, playing phonics or reading games on the computer, independent reading/book browsing, word work games and activities, and independent and/or teacher assigned writing activities.
Grades 1-2 Students in first and second grade participate in whole group and small group literacy activities. Whole group activities focus on teaching comprehension strategies through interactive read alouds of fiction and nonfiction text. Students also participate in writing instruction focused on development of ideas, organization, style, and conventions. Phonics/word work instruction in first and second grade focuses on syllable types and patterns within the syllables.
Small group activities include guided reading, word work, and guided writing. Small groups are flexible and are formed based on students’ individual needs.
 
While the teacher meets with small groups, students rotate through independent literacy centers. Literacy centers may include listening to books on the computer, playing phonics or reading games on the computer, independent reading, word work games and activities, and independent and/or teacher assigned writing activities. Students may also write responses to texts read in whole group or small group.
Grades 3-5 Students in third through fifth grade participate in a Humanities block that integrates Social Studies and English Language Arts (ELA). Within this Humanities block, students receive both whole group and small group instruction which may use Social Studies texts to teach and practice reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and writing in response to text.
Writing instruction in third through fifth grade focuses on three types of writing: narrative, informative/ explanatory, and opinion.  With each type of writing, students are instructed in development of ideas, organization, style, and conventions. Writing may be based on Social Studies topics or connected to other classroom experiences.
Word study instruction addresses word recognition, vocabulary, phonics and spelling. Word study may include Social Studies vocabulary, Greek and Latin roots, syllable division, and prefixes and suffixes.