Reading at Home
Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a night. This is important and let me tell you why . . . or better yet let's look at it mathematically:
Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins/week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 mins/week
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months (school year)
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better? Which student would you expect to know more? Which student would you expect to write better? Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?
Core Reading Instruction
Mrs. Lewis teaches the 5th grade reading curriculum. Each week students will focus on comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development. Questions regarding our student's status? She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be working with a select group of students supporting their unique reading needs.
My core class and reading class will do novel studies throughout the year. This will give us the opportunity to sharpen and fine tune our reading strategies. Be sure to ask your student what we are currently reading. I strive to pick engaging and thoughtful books for this study.
We are currently reading:
We read and loved:
February 2, 2015 Update -- I am no longer requiring homework of my reading group. They can turn in a reading log and option homework for extra credit.
Students are required to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night and submit a weekly reading log. This log is due on Friday. While I encourage them to read every day, I do not require the reading log be kept on the weekend, as family time is equally important.December 8, Due Dec 12 Graphic Sources
December 1, Due Dec 5 Fire Fighters
November 24, Due Dec 1 Harlem Boys Choir
November 17, Due November 21 A Chimp's Champ
November 12, Due November 14 My Life
November 3, Due November 7 Trip to the Beach
October 20, Due October 14 Dillard School Non Fiction Reading Response
October 13, Due October 17 Teacher Turns Eleven Fiction Reading Response
October 6, Due October 9 A Civil Discussion Non Fiction Reading Response
September 29, Due October 3 Drive Through Menu Non Fiction Reading Response
September 22, Due September 26 Bedrooms 'N Stuff Non Fiction Reading Response
September 15, Due September 19 Safewing Airlines Non Fiction Reading Response