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1. Balanced LiteracyHilary Huff4th GradeThompson Crossing Elementary 2. Philosophy of ReadingTeaching reading and writing at any age is very difficult. It takes a lot of practice to develop into a good writer or reader. I believe that this development starts at a young age and continues throughout school. Reading to your children at a young age can help them develop into strong readers and writers. Having a strong reading base at a young age is important to learning in the future years.I believe that practice and repetition is the key to being a successful reader and writer.The combination of at-home learning as well as in schoolis important to the development of all children.It is our job as teachers to make sure that children are taught the skills they need in order to become strong readers and writers.I believe creating a strong classroom base will guide the development of our young readers each and every day. 3. What is Balanced Literacy?Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn to read and write effectivelyALL students can learn to read and writeStudents will receive teaching needed in order to reach 4th grade standards at a comfortable level 4. Balanced Literacy Program Schedule 5. Balanced Literacy Program Schedule 6. AssessmentStudents will be evaluated Weekly on: Station FolderSelection AssessmentsGrammar AssessmentsSpelling Tests Writing Assignments will be evaluated bi-weeklyInstruments used are:Scott Foresmanwebsite (www.successnet.com)Spelling City website (www.spellingcity.com) Scott Foresman grammar assessmentGrades will be updated weekly in the townships Rubicon Atlas program 7. Assessment cont. 8. GroupingStudents are grouped based upon:Dibels ScoresProgress Monitoring ScoresStudent PersonalityAcuity Data 9. Parent Involvement Have your child read to youThe Weekly Story counts!http://classroom.jc-schools.net/waltkek/fourthgrade.htmlHold your child accountable for their Reading grade Look at the test scores that are sent home weeklyPractice Comprehension Strategieshttp://classroom.jc-schools.net/basic/la-read.html Talk to your childConversation improves language & vocabulary development 10. ReferencesCulham, R. (2003). 6 + 1 traits of writing: The complete guide grades 3 and up. Scholastic Professional Books. Graves, M. F., Juel, C.,& Graves, B., B. (2007). Teaching reading in the 21st century (4th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.Balanced Literacy. (2002-2003). Retrieved April 12, 2010, from Terryville Road School website:http://www.csdarchives.com/teachers/rstewart/k2002/Teachers/Balanced_Literacy/balancedliteracy.htmExample of a weekly schedule:4th and 5th grade for a balanced literacy program.Retrieved April 12, 2010, from Gates Chili School website:http://www.gateschili.org/files/filesystem/FourthFifth_Grade_Schedule.pdfInstructional strategies online.(2004-2009)Retrieved April 15, 2010, from Saskatoon Public Schoolswebsite:http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/balancedliteracy/index.html