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    How is Reading Taught at Hartwood? 
    Our Guru...Jan Richardson

    Hartwood uses a variety of materials to teach reading.  We are proud of our two books rooms which house many guided reading materials from Literacy Footprints, Benchmark Literacy, Rigby, Scholastic and many more publishers.  Our curriculum for teaching reading is based on Jan Richardson's Next Step Forward in Guided Reading approach along with the 2017 English SOLS. 

     What does reading instruction look like in Kindergarten? 

    • Whole Group = Teachers read aloud a variety of books, poetry and songs.  They help students learn to recognize letters, sounds and sight words inside the text as well as foster a love of reading. 
    • ELGs = Early Literacy Groups which are based on assessment data from PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) in which students work for 30 minutes a day on rhyming, syllables, letter recognition, letter sounds, onset and rimes, and concept of word.  (Starts in late November)
    • Guided Reading = students will begin learning how to read simple, repetitive books.  During these groups teachers will focus on word study, comprehension, and guided writing.  Our goal for the end of the year is to read books at a Level C. 
    • Print Rich Environment and Literacy Stations = students will have many opportunities to read the room, practice reading and writing and speaking all day long!

    What does reading instruction look like in First and Second Grade? 

    • Whole Group = Teachers read aloud a variety of books, poetry and songs.  They help students learn to recognize letters, sounds and sight words inside the text as well as foster a love of reading. 
    • Guided Reading = students will begin learning how to read simple, repetitive books.  During these groups teachers will focus on word study, comprehension, and guided writing.  Our goal for the end of the year is to read books at a Level I at the end of first grade and level M at the end of second grade.
    • Print Rich Environment and Literacy Stations = students will have many opportunities to read the room, practice reading and writing and speaking all day long!

    What does reading instruction look like in Third - Fifth Grade? 

    • Whole Group = Teachers will read aloud every day from a variety of fiction and nonfiction books.  During the read aloud time, teachers will teach comprehension skills and strategies and promote questioning and reflection.  Children are expected to discuss their thoughts with classmates and teachers each day. 
    • Guided Reading =  During these groups teachers will focus on word study, comprehension, and guided writing.  Our goal for the end of the year is to read books at a Level P at the end of  third  grade , level S at the end of fourth  grade and level V at the end of 5th grade. 
    • Independent work = Students are expected to silently read for at least 20 minutes a day in school, write independently, respond to texts they are reading, and practice vocabulary in authentic ways.