Great Readers Read To Learn.....In this unit, students will discover how to set a purpose for reading and identify text features and structures for non-fiction books.
Homework: Read 20+ minutes each night Monday - Friday
Monday - Math Facts / pages
Tuesday - Math Facts / pages
Wednesday - Math Facts / pages
Thursday - Math Facts / pages
Friday - Math Facts
Words Their Way The students should use their WTW activity card each night to practice their word sort along with their assigned homework. We do a two week rotation for each sort throughout the year.
Monday - Categories/pictures
Tuesday - 5 sentences with adverbs and 2 (2x5's) ABC order
Wednesday - Word Hunt
Thursday - Rainbow words
Friday - No Homework
Monday - Print words once/squiggle words once
Tuesday - 8 sentences and 2 (2x5's) ABC order
Wednesday - Word equations
Thursday - Cross Out
Friday - No Homework
Why Read Twenty Minutes A Day?
The answer to the Question.... “Why can’t I skip my twenty minutes of reading tonight?” Let’s figure it out mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 min./week Student B reads 4 min. x 5 times a week = 20 min./week
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month. Student A reads 400 minutes a month. Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year. Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the End of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days. One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly will school performance.
How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life?