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  • Topic 1

    What Are We Learning In ELA?
    We are following the 5th grade curriculum for reading and writing.
     Specific units are taught that address each of the following: Memoirs/Narratives, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Realistic Fiction.

    Other topics that are taught: Memoirs/Narratives (Writing), Persuasive Writing, Informative Writing
    Skills taught: Main Idea, Theme, Cause/Effect, Sequence,
    Drawing Conclusions/Inference, Fact/Opinion, Context Clues, Compare/Contrast
    Tentative Breakdown of Units:
    Introduction to Reading Workshop: Building a Reading Life
    Narratives/Memoirs (Eve Bunting Study)
    Non-Fiction/Informative Writing
    Non-Fiction/Fiction/Persuasive Writing/Test Prep
    Fiction/Realistic Fiction/Test Prep
    Realistic Fiction/Poetry/Test Prep
    Poetry/NYS Testing
    Review and Re-visit areas of need
    *Extra: Book Clubs
    • Topic 2

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      The Spelling Program followed is PAF. This is taught on an as needed basis. See side bar link to the PAF website.

      Spelling, reading, and handwriting are all taught simultaneously. (Handwriting = mostly in primary grades)

      Multi-sensory = seeing, hearing, writing, and saying all at the same time!


      A multi-sensory approach improves:

                             Retention                  Self-confidence

                            Handwriting          Spelling            Reading 


      *When students are past the point of PAF lessons, we move to frequency word study and Wordly Wise*

      • Topic 4


        *These activities are used as reinforcement and are not part of the PAF Program*


        Here is a sample list of some activites that may be done: Printables are attached at the bottom of this page!

        • Syllable Matching: Use with any syllable pattern.  Cut out syllables and have student match syllables to form word, then read words fluently.







        • Other examples of when to use Syllable Match:   Take words from word lists. 

          - Match multi-syllabic words with suffixes (-tion words: trans por ta tion)-each word should be given separately when using multi-syllabic words.

          - Match contractions:


          do not


          they will

        • Vowel Sorts (Have students categorize words and tell what they have in common)

          -Sort the words according to their vowel sounds

          -Sort the same vowel sounds with different spellings of that particular vowel (Example: same, weigh, and May would all be in same column)

        • Scavenger Hunts  scav hunt

          - Clues are given to go to a certain spot in the room

          -When the destination is reached, student(s) must answer the question (can be based on comprehension or word work)

          -Read the clue to go to next spot

          • *Check out more ideas on the "What Can You Do At Home?" page

      • Topic 5

        Math Zone


        The program that is implemented is Think Math.  This program has various components that incorporates cumulative lessons throughout the year.  This K-5 curriculum is a combination of traditional, research-based, and competative international approaches.

        Concepts That Are Taught:

        • Operations and Algebraic Thinking

        • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten: Place Value to hundredths

        • Numbers and Operations: Fractions: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide

        • Measurement and Data: Represent/Interpret, Convert units within given measurement system

        • Geometry: Volume, Graphing,Classification of 2D figures 

        math              fractions              tangrams

        • Topic 6

          Websites For Practice

           Build Fluency:  

           Giggle Poetry

          This site has many different poems and activities for fluency practice.  My favorite is the poetry theatre.  Poems are broken down into parts in which students can rehearse and practice their fluency.

          Boost Comprehension Skills:

           Reading MatrixReading Matrix

            This website is geared towards grades 3-5.  Some links do not work; however, the ones that do work are great. There are online stories with questions as well as proofreading practice! 

          Comprehension Activities

          This is another great site that lists an ample amount of reading strategies such as cause and effect, author's purpose and main idea.  When you click on each reading strategy, you are then brought to more options such as powerpoint presentations, quia popups, interactive games, and more.


          This site had some great activities for older students to learn different comprehension strategies.

          Houghton Mifflin

          High interest reading with comprehension tasks 

           Reading Reinforcement

          Students choose a strategy to work on while reading the text.  They drag the strategy into the book and an explanation of the strategy comes up then they are prompted to do an activity while reading. 

          Reading Mysteries

          Reading Mysteries

          Kids can solve mysteries as they read. This takes solid comprehension skills especially the ability to draw conclusions. This site is designed for upper elementary levels.


           Word Work:

           Spelling City

          This is a website is for students to explore multiple activities.  They should input words from their word lists.

          Vocabulary Games

          This link will present you with a list of interactive vocabulary games. You can customize the vocabulary list or use the sites own samples.

          Word Game

          Vocabulary Practice


          Other Interactive Sites/Games:


          Comprehension Games

          This fun school site has games and activities that boost reading comprehension and grammar skills.


           Fun Games Reading Fun

          This website is filled with fun interactive games. 


           Interactive Sites for ANY Subject:


          Brain Pop

           Kid friendly and all of the videos and activities are developmentally appropriate and engaging.

          Interactive Tutorials

          If you click on a subject, you will get a page of various websites to search.  The reading websites are fun because students can read online and choose solutions as they read the story.

           Mrs. Renz's

          Great resources for parents…fun sites for students. 


          Russell Kids

            Practice skills for ANY subject

           Any subject, any grade.  It is awesome.  It contains various links to games and other websites!


           Test Prep:

          Study Zone

          Grammar Blast

          More Grammar-Scholastic

          Math Practice


          • Topic 7

            What Can You Do At Home?