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  • 1. Balanced Literacy
    Hilary Huff
    4th Grade
    Thompson Crossing Elementary

2. Philosophy of Reading
Teaching reading and writing at any age is very difficult. It takes a lot of practice to develop into a good writer or reader. I believe that this development starts at a young age and continues throughout school. Reading to your children at a young age can help them develop into strong readers and writers. Having a strong reading base at a young age is important to learning in the future years.I believe that practice and repetition is the key to being a successful reader and writer.The combination of at-home learning as well as in schoolis important to the development of all children.It is our job as teachers to make sure that children are taught the skills they need in order to become strong readers and writers.I believe creating a strong classroom base will guide the development of our young readers each and every day.
3. What is Balanced Literacy?
Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn to read and write effectively
ALL students can learn to read and write
Students will receive teaching needed in order to reach 4th grade standards at a comfortable level
4. Balanced Literacy Program Schedule
5. Balanced Literacy Program Schedule
6. Assessment
Students will be evaluated Weekly on:
Station Folder
Selection Assessments
Grammar Assessments
Spelling Tests
Writing Assignments
will be evaluated bi-weekly
Instruments used are:
Scott Foresmanwebsite (www.successnet.com)
Spelling City website (www.spellingcity.com)
Scott Foresman grammar assessment
Grades will be updated weekly in the townships
Rubicon Atlas program
7. Assessment cont.
8. Grouping
Students are grouped based upon:
Dibels Scores
Progress Monitoring Scores
Student Personality
Acuity Data
9. Parent Involvement
Have your child read to you
The Weekly Story counts!
Hold your child accountable for their
Reading grade
Look at the test scores that are sent home weekly
Practice Comprehension Strategies
Talk to your child
Conversation improves language & vocabulary
10. References
Culham, R. (2003). 6 + 1 traits of writing: The complete guide grades 3 and up. Scholastic Professional Books.
Graves, M. F., Juel, C.,& Graves, B., B. (2007). Teaching reading in the 21st century (4th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.
Balanced Literacy. (2002-2003). Retrieved April 12, 2010, from Terryville Road School website:
Example of a weekly schedule:4th and 5th grade for a balanced literacy program.Retrieved April 12, 2010, from Gates Chili School website:http://www.gateschili.org/files/filesystem/FourthFifth_Grade_Schedule.pdf

Instructional strategies online.(2004-2009)Retrieved April 15, 2010, from Saskatoon Public Schoolswebsite:http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/balancedliteracy/index.html