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Kindergarten through 5th grade
14500 Dyer St.
Sylmar, California

Tel.(818) 367-1932
Fax (818)364-1913


Mr. Riddick 4th/5th Grade











Planning and Organizing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment


-          Conducting ongoing assessment of reading development

-          Planning, organizing, and managing reading instruction

-          Library time

-          Running record

-          Print rich classroom library

-          16 books per child

-          Reading Center

-          Writing Center

-          Students/Parents receive at the beginning of each week:

         Schedule of class instruction

         Homework for the week

-          Students/Parents receive at the end of each week

         Tests/Quizzes taken

         Weekly progress report

-          Ongoing assessments of reading development



Developing Reading Comprehension and Promoting Independent Reading


-          Comprehension

-          Exposure to a variety of genre

-          Students retell, gain meaning from reading all types of books.

-          Shared, guided, and independent reading

-          Read Aloud

-          What are your favorite parts?

-          Literature circles - Students form reading groups. Each student has a task:

1)      Summarizer

2)      Travel Chaser

3)      Literary Consultant

4)      Discussion Director

-          What is the message of the book?

-          Become a detective looking for clues.

-          Recall what is happening.

-          What is the character thinking?

-          What would you do as the character?

-          Become a strategic reader:

         Make predictions


         Ask Questions

         Make Connections











Developing Phonological and Other Linguistic Processes Related to Reading


-          Vocabulary Development

-          Vocabulary Strategies

         context clues using words around the word to identify the meaning.

         word structure use roots and affixes to determine the meaning of a word

         apposition - meaning is given after the word

-          Spelling

-          Phonemic awareness

-          Dictation & spelling w//alphabet cards

-          Open Court blending

-          Stop/clarify unfamiliar words

-          Word study

-          Clues and problems notes

         Clues - students identify words that give them a clue to the story in clues section

         Problems write difficult problems in the problem section






























Supporting Reading Through Oral and Written Language Development


-          Reading Logs students write responses in reading logs after they read each chapter.

-          Creating Projects students extend their knowledge by creating a project linked to a story read.

-          Author study Students write letters to the author to ask him/her about how he thought of the idea for the story.

-          True or False Projects: A student reads a fact aloud and classmates decide whether the fact is true or false.

-          Write a short story using as many vocabulary words as possible.

-          Student Journalists One student interviews while another student pretends they are the character.

-          Simulated Journals - Write from the Point of View of the Character:

         assume the voice of the character

         share viewpoint of character together

-          Summarize important details

         SOMEBODY (main character)

         WANTED (somebody wanted)

         BUT (but then...)

         SO (so this happened)