1.To develop and implement a guided reading/small group instruction reading program.
2. To increase the number of children reading on grade level on the EOG and Benchmark tests.
SMILE READING GROUPS
All grade levels are participating in SMILE (Small Group Interactive Literacy Experience). During SMILE time children are divided into groups based on their reading level. The Title I staff comes to each classroom to provide instruction to those children who qualify for Title I services. Each child participates in a group that reinforces classroom learning using materials on their own reading level. Several different types of materials are being used.
LetterLand, a sequential phonics program will be used with Title I targeted students in Kindergarten and first grade. Selected second and third graders will also get tutorial instruction using LetterLand.
The SMILE group reading plan includes instruction in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension- the five components identified by the National Reading Panel as being essential to a successful reading program. Lesson plans are created based on Pat Cunningham’s 4 Block model of instruction and use Connie Prevatte’s Small group instruction model. Books used for the SMILE groups include selections from the leveled library associated with the new reading series, a Pinnell leveled library located in the Title I reading room.
Gretchen Courtney, Debbie Miller and Stephanie Harvey Comprehension Strategies are used to direct the discussions during SMILE time. David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps are also used during SMILE groups. More information can be found on all the educators mentioned by following the links at the bottom of this page.
The DRA2 reading assessment is given to all children in K -5th grades who are being served by one of the Title I reading staff. This assessment evaluates vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills.
Phonemic awareness, phonics and conceptual assessments are given to Kindergarten and first graders.