VocabularyWhat types of vocabulary are addressed in the program?
Oral Vocabulary, High-Frequency Words, and Selection Vocabulary Words are addressed.
Oral Vocabulary, or Amazing Words, are Tier II, concept-driven vocabulary words introduced and taught each week through grade-level appropriate oral language activities.
High-Frequency Words are introduced in the primary grades. These are non-decodable words that are taught in context of passages and integrated into the reading process.
Selection Vocabulary Words are taught in context and support of comprehension of the main selection. Envision It! vocabulary cards and additional activities for reinforcement are provided online.
SpellingHow is spelling addressed throughout the week?
On Day 1, a Spelling Pretest is administered. On Days 2-4, instruction for spelling is provided with Teach, Guide Practice, and Independent Practice. On Day 5, the Spelling post test is administered.
In the primary grades, the spelling scope and sequence is tied to the phonics scope and sequence, so it is sound-spelling based.
As you move to the upper grades, the sound-spelling patterns grow in complexity, and there is more emphasis on structure (inflected endings, compound words, etc.) and meaning (sing—signal, Latin roots, etc.).
Phonics and Phonemic AwarenessHow is phonics and phonemic awareness built into Reading Street instruction?
Phonics instruction in Reading Street is explicit and systematic. Instruction follows the sound-spelling instructional model. The Blending Strategy Routines are grounded in the work of Reading First researchers.
ComprehensionHow can I help students develop Reading Comprehension?
Teachers who provide ongoing opportunities to integrate knowledge and ideas will help students build a knowledge base that increases with the reading of each new text. Text-based questions like the ones in the Read for Understanding Routine and the Small Group lessons help students learn to find important information in a text and use it in other situations.
Model and demonstrate through think-alouds, guided practice, and questioning. Close reading of texts involves focused, sustained reading and rereading of a text for the purpose of understanding key points, gathering evidence, and building knowledge. Text-based discussion questions ask students to draw evidence from text and prompt them to use higher-order thinking skills so students analyze and evaluate what they are reading. Some students may need scaffolding to read at the level required by the Common Core State Standards like the instruction provided for the Reading Street Sleuth.
Reader's and Writer's NotebookWhat exactly is the Reader's and Writer's Notebook?
It is an interactive worktext available at every grade in English and Spanish. It includes Independent Reading log forms, Explore the Genre pages, Strategy Response Logs, Book Talk Tip forms, Peer Conferencing Tips, Graphic Organizers, Writing Self-Evaluation Guides, Selection Support (by story), Interactive Review pages, and Writing Process support.
Reading Street SleuthWhat is the Reading Street Sleuth?
Reading Street Sleuth is a reader with short, high-interest complex text that engages and motivates students, while scaffolded instruction provides access for the different levels of readers in your classroom.
Each week, the Sleuth contains an additional piece of on-level text that encourages students to read like a detective. Build inquisitive readers with conceptually related text that asks them to Look for Clues, Gather Evidence, Make their Case, and Prove It! in the form of writing opportunities and performance tasks.
WritingWhat materials help address the Common Core Writing Standards?
Each week, students focus on a different type of writing and interact with model text. Daily ten-minute lessons help you teach writing traits and the craft of writing. The weekly selection is a mentor text for teaching writer's craft. Visual scaffolds develop good writing traits, such as focus, ideas, and organization.
Reading Street helps you introduce and teach the writing process. Students practice the writing process through argumentative, narrative, and informational/expository writing. The unit writing process lessons provide structure to help writers support ideas with reasoning and evidence. A pacing guide helps teachers plan and implement a Writers' Workshop each unit.
AssessmentHow do I know that children are being tested on the right skills?
Target skills and strategies are taught in each lesson and then assessed in the Weekly Test. Each target skill is also assessed in the Unit Benchmark Test after it has been taught and reviewed. The Teacher's Manuals for the Weekly Test, Fresh Reads, and Unit and End of the Year Benchmark Test also feature an analysis of the Common Core State Standards assessed on each test.
The Fresh Reads is a multiple-choice and constructed response test that allows students to practice comprehension skills with a new selection matched to their instructional reading level. The Fresh Reads also provide a check for reading fluency with a running record for each selection.
In the Assessment Handbook, you will find guidance for keeping accurate, informative records and sharing details with children, parents, and others.
Common Core State StandardsHow can I be sure I am teaching the skills necessary to meet the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards are printed right on each lesson plan page in your Teacher's Edition and Bridge to Common Core call-outs explain how the Standards are integrated into lessons and tasks
Look for the Zoom in on CC magnifying glasses throughout the daily plan pages for lessons that focus on developing three important parts of the Common Core State Standards. Content Knowledge, Text-Based Comprehension, and Writing lessons focus on the college and career readiness skills students need to build understanding and use what they have learned in a new way.