Core Programs in Our Elementary Schools

The Units of Study in Phonics, Grades K-2, provide a concise instructional pathway in phonics that is realistic and doable. In addition, the Units of Study:
  • Tap into students’ skills and energy for tackling the fabulous challenge of learning to read and write.
  • Introduce high-leverage phonics concepts and strategies in a way that keeps pace with students' reading and writing and helps them understand when, how, and why they can use phonics to read and write,
  • Offer delightfully fun and engaging storylines, classroom mascots, songs, chants, rhymes, and games
  • Align with state-of-the-art reading and writing workshops for a coherent approach that benefits both teachers and kids.

Word study in grades 3- 5 is taught in conjunction with Reading and Writing Workshops.  Students learn more about words and word meanings.


Reading Workshop is direct, explicit teaching of how to read and understand what you read.  Workshop gives kids time to read and discuss their reading. Readers choose books they are interested in and books they can read accurately and smoothly.  These are called "just right" books.
  • Whole Group Lesson.  Teacher teaches a clear lesson and students practice.
  • Independent reading and small group lessons.  Teacher teaches small groups and some one-on-one.
  • Whole Group Teaching Share.  Learning is shared and lesson is reinforced.

Click this link to see Lucy Calkins, Teachers College, talking about Reading Workshop. 
 
Writing Workshop is direct, explicit teaching of how to write for different reasons:  to defend an idea, to explain or teach, or to tell a story.  Teaching follows a similar pattern to Reading Workshop.
 
  • Whole Group Lesson.  Teacher teaches a clear lesson and students practice.
  • Independent writing and small group lessons.  Teacher teaches small groups and some one-on-one.
  • Whole Group Teaching Share.  Learning is shared and lesson is reinforced.
Click this link to see a first grade lesson about improving sense of closure at the end of a story (intro by Kathleen Tolan).
Click this link to see a fourth grade lesson about writing moves in persuasive writing (intro by Lucy Calkins).
What research supports these programs?
Click this link to see a chart of effective teaching practices and the research studies that identified these practices. 
You will see our core programs listed and you will also see some programs used to help our struggling learners: 
   • "Leveled Literacy Intervention" or "LLI" by 
Fountas and Pinnell   
   • "Lexia," a computer-based phonics intervention 
   • "Increasing Fluency" by Fry and Rasinski.  
A check mark shows that the program uses that effective teaching practice.

 

enVisionmath2.0, is a researched-based curriculum which reflects the state and national goals for mathematics and includes these features:
  • A program that explores mathematical content beyond basic arithmetic
  • A problem-solving approach based on everyday situations
  • A highly visual program including both hard copy and digital learning
  • A balance of conceptual understanding and fluency of basic arithmetic
  • An emphasis on the mathematical practices
  • A program tailored to individual student ability                                                          
  • A commitment to home/school partnerships

 

In the past few decades, there has been a tremendous increase in the importance of mathematics in the workplace and daily life. In order to succeed in this information-and technology-oriented environment, our children need to learn a range of sophisticated mathematical knowledge, which extends far beyond basic calculation skills. enVisionmath2.0 is a program that will prepare children for the future and enable them to achieve at high levels. 

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