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As the grade 2-4 Reading Resource Specialist, I support classroom teachers in reading instruction. Incorporated into the reading instruction are the Houghton Mifflin Journeys Reading Program and selected quality literature.
I meet regularly with the classroom teachers to develop both short and long range reading plans based on student progress towards the meeting of Common Core State Reading Standards.
In grade two, students improve basic reading comprehension skills, increase fluent and expressive reading, and become more independent readers. An emphasis is placed on developing strategies to decode longer words. At this age, I work with one group of students throughout the entire school year, making sure they are better able to read grade level text.
In grade three, more instructional time is placed on developing comprehension strategies that can be applied across the curriculum. Vocabulary skills include the understanding of word parts, the meaning of words and the correct reading and usage of multi-syllable words. Students extend oral and written responses to selections they read.
In grade four, students learn to apply higher-level thinking skills to better understand and connect with material they are reading. Longer selections and novels provide challenge and enrichment. Silent reading comprehension is measured more frequently as students “read to learn” in all subject areas.
In both grades three and four, the classroom teachers and I use flexible grouping to teach the students. In other words, all students receive instruction from both their homeroom teacher and from me on a rotating basis throughout the school year. There is NOT one specific group of children that receives remedial reading instruction in third and fourth grade. However, all students benefit from this flexible model, as it allows us to accommodate smaller class sizes (no larger than 14 students ) every day for reading class, allowing for more individual attention for all students, including those at, approaching or above grade level. All students learn to navigate grade-level text and work on advanced comprehension and vocabulary skills.
We focus on five main areas of reading instruction:
- Phonemic Awareness (understanding sounds)
- Phonics (letter-sound relationships)
- Fluency (expression, smoothness, pace)
- Vocabulary (sight words, high frequency words, new, important, interesting, challenging or content words)
- Comprehension (making meaning of what we read)
Some important decoding skills children need:
- Sounding Out words (beginning/ending sounds, phonograms, vowel pairs, blends, etc.)
- Chunking word parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots, compound words, syllables, etc.)
- Using context clues and picture cues to self-correct through meaning
Target comprehension strategies in grades 2, 3 & 4 include:
- Making Connections
- Making Inferences
I have been teaching for 27 years, the past 20 of which have been at Holy Rosary School. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, endorsements to teach all subjects K-8, with additional endorsements in Language Arts and Instructional Technology. I have many years of experience as a homeroom teacher in both 3rd and 6th grades. In addition, I have taught 5th grade Language Arts here at Holy Rosary. For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed working with the 3rd and 4th grade teachers aligning reading curriculum with Common Core ELA Standards. I love this age and enjoy working as a team with parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.