Students in grades 1-5 who need extra support and reading practice work with our reading specialist. Students typically meet for reading intervention two times a week for 30 minutes in small groups of 3-6 students. Work done with the reading specialist reinforces the learning objectives that students are already working on in their classroom with their teachers (phonemic awareness, sight words, vocabulary, phonics, and comprehension strategies) using instructional level text to maximize student reading growth. A guided reading model is used and a typical session is structured as follows:·
- Word Work (phonemic awareness and/or phonics instruction)
- Pre-Reading (vocabulary and/or sight words; introduce reading skill/strategy)
- Guided Reading (students will read the text and apply the target comprehension skills/strategy with teacher feedback)
- After-Reading (students will write about reading or complete various work to show their comprehension of text or practice phonics/sight words)
In addition to providing extra reading support and practice, the reading specialist assesses students three times a year using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System in order to help match students to “just right” texts, analyze reading behaviors, set personalized reading goals, and monitor progress towards these goals.
Grades K-3 used the Journeys intervention materials and grades 4-5 use Lucy Calkin’s Units of Study.