The language arts program encompasses reading literature and informational text, foundational skills, speaking and listening, language (word work, grammar, and vocabulary) and writing (crafting narrative, informational, and opinion pieces). The understandings and skills of each strand of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards are not isolated, but integrated, interactive, and embedded in all subject areas across the curriculum.
Our elementary reading instruction follows a balanced literacy approach using a number of strategies and techniques during Reading Workshop. These include read-alouds/alongs, shared reading, independent reading, small group strategy instruction, one-to-one conferencing, word work, and partnership or book club discussions. Writing Workshop mirrors the same structure and techniques emphasizing immersion, independence, voice, and choice.
Reading and Writing Workshop provide students with the necessary tools to communicate orally, read and comprehend print, and write with clarity and purpose for a variety of audiences.
Literacy standards for each grade level can be found in the curriculum section. These are assessed throughout the school year and are reported to parents on report cards and during parent conferences.
Meet the 3-5 English Language Arts Instructional Coach, Mrs. Lorraine Madden.