Learning to Read Independently
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.1)
Reading Critically in the Content Areas (Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.2)
Reading Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.3)
1. Reads independently and fluently with 95% accuracy early reader books from a variety of genres with compound sentences containing multi-syllabic words.
2. Recognize and understand high frequency, familiar and new vocabulary words in isolation and in context.
3. Uses advanced knowledge of the Alphabetic Principle, the ability to associate sounds with letters and use these sounds to form regular and irregular words.
4. Reads and rereads texts using self-monitoring strategies (predicts, revises predictions, self-questions, self-corrects, and clarifies for meaning).
5. Demonstrates comprehension by retelling or summarizing main ideas, sequence, and themes of the text (fiction and non-fiction).
6. Demonstrates comprehension by describing characters, setting, and plot.
7. Makes inferences and draws conclusions by identifying essential information from the text as evidence (fiction and non-fiction).
8. Demonstrates comprehension through participation in whole- and small-group discussions about various genres (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry).
9. Reads silently from a variety of genres and maintains a reading log.
10. Demonstrates a rich speaking and listening vocabulary by identifying and using homophones, synonyms, antonyms and compound words.
Types of Writing
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.4)
Quality of Writing
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.5)
1. Writes narratives (stories, poems) with characters, a setting, a beginning, middle, and end including three or more logically sequenced events.
2. Writes informational pieces (descriptions, simple instructions, friendly letters) about a real person, object, place or event that contain a main idea sentence with supporting details while using appropriate illustrations.
3. Identifies and differentiates between facts and opinions.
4. Writes with a single focus for a specific audience.
5. Writes complete simple and compound sentences of differing lengths and types (statement, question, command, or exclamation).
6. Writes correctly using nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
7. Revises and organizes writing to improve details so that a sequential order is present.
8. Edits writing by correctly using common spelling patterns and correct spelling of high-frequency words.
9. Edits writing by capitalizing the first word of a sentence, names of people, proper nouns, and the pronoun "I."
10. Edits writing by using proper end punctuation (period, exclamation point, question mark).
11. Print legibly and space letters, words, sentences, and paragraphs appropriately.
Speaking and Listening
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.6)
Characteristics and Functions
of the English Language
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.7)
1. Listen to others when they are speaking and demonstrate an understanding of the message.
2. Listen attentively and follow directions to perform a task.
3. Ask questions to clarify information.
4. Listen to a selection and connect similar experiences to real events.
5. Use correct vocabulary and word usage when speaking.
6. Use appropriate volume while initiating answers and conversation.
7. Use appropriate pace in sentences, rhymes, poetry and questions.
8. Ask and answer relevant questions and share experiences within a group.
9. Use electronic media for learning purposes (books on tape, computer programs).
1. Distinguish commonly used words from other languages
Use common words form other languages (i.e. count to 10 in Spanish)
2. Identify variations in the dialogue of literary characters
Utilize speech bubbles and quotations to differentiate between dialogue and text.
(Pennsylvania Academic Standard 1.8)
1. Select a topic for research.
2. Differentiate and select sources for gathering information (dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, electronic media).
3. Use picture clues, keywords, and headings to locate information.
4. Organize key concepts using a graphic organizer.
5. Summarize main ideas from key facts and concepts.
6. Write a simple report with a title and at least three paragraphs that include at least 3 facts with supporting details using complete sentences.
Harcourt Reading Program
National Geographic Leveled Books
File Folder Centers
Time for Kids
Sitton Spelling series
Holistic Theme Tests
Performance assessments/Literacy centers
Scholastic Reading Inventory
Evaluate oral response