Integrated Literacy Block
 

  

Reading, writing and exploring  encompass this time block.  It is an environment where all readers and writers are respected and challenged to investigate and delve deeper into their thinking.   Time is spent talking, reading independently, buddy reading and conferring with other students.  Mini lessons focus on a mentor text read aloud by the teacher and the students are encouraged to try it on their own. Throughout the year narrative writing, informational writing and opinion writing are all explored.


  

Word Study  is a block of time in which we do a variety of activities  that focus on high frequency words, spelling words, word families, and strategies for decoding words. 


  

Independent work-
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Children are given opportunities for individual choices and work. There are however, clear expectations for what they need to be doing and consequences for when they choose not to use their work time well.