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Mrs. McCarthy's Book Clubs



Reading is Thinking! 



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Instructor: Mrs. Marianne McCarthy

ELA/English Language Art /Resource Center

             In-Class Support Teacher and Basic Skills ELA Instructor 




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Frequenty Asked Question-


What can I do at home to help my child with reading?


 The very best way to support your child is to encourage them to read! There is a strong correlation between fostering a love for literacy and academic success in reading. Visit the library regularly, model reading for enjoyment at home, and talk to your child about the books they are reading.


Most importantly, read to them and with them!

Even older children benefit from listening to reading at home, and talking about the books they are reading. 
Build up to twenty to thirty minutes of reading per a day which is highly  recommended!






Book Clubs


Kindergarten Book Club is set to begin in early November . 


Grade 1
will be reading both fiction and non-fiction texts and retelling stories identifying character, setting (where? and when?), problem, solution, beginning, middle and end of story.






Grade 2
will be reading both fiction and non-fiction -

Informational texts and citing text EVIDENCE.




Grade  3 

will be reading  a mix of fiction and informational texts and answering "wh" question citing text EVIDENCE.




Grade 4
will be reading realistic fiction  novels, historical fiction, fantasy, biographies and writing summaries.


Reading non-fictional informational text and learning facts based on text EVIDENCE.




Grade 5


will be reading articles both fiction and informational and answering "wh" questions, multiple choice, and open-ended questions.


Reading non-fiction biographies about noteworthy individuals.








Dear Partners in Learning,




      Below you will find some of the  strategies and skills we will work  on during SUMMER  2019 school year:




1.Parent Communication-
If you would like to contact me, please leave a message (via phone  (ext. 134 OR email) if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to share your child's successes with me . Please feel free to jot me an email at 
your child's  progress. 




2.Basic Skills / Title One Program-
Grades Kindergarten through  Five will have a  GREAT year in Book Club filled with learning strategies and skills to become more independent readers.The main purpose of our program is to provide your child with additional ,small group support with basic skills and strategies in ELA -English/Literacy Language Arts.




3. Thank You in advance Partners in Learning
Throughout the school year, your child will be exposed to reading texts both fiction and nonfiction
( informational).

4.Home/School Connection

            The Home/School connection is critical and  is greatly  appreciated!
Daily Routines will be practiced daily to create structure and help your child learn, thus providing your child with a daily predictable environment. This year will be  filled with learning!


           Please be sure to incorporate daily reading and writing each night,in order to provide your child with the  necessary literacy practice (of skills and strategies) that will be taught this school year in class.


                    Please be sure to read with your child  each night and visit the Riverdale Public Library .The library is a wonderful resource for our students.In addition, the library has  many new e-books to sign out!  

            Please feel free to email me anytime, if you have any questions regarding your child or need ideas for additional academic home support this school year.

My school email address is


                                                            Warm regards,
                                                           Mrs. Marianne McCarthy
                                                                                                                                                                 973-839-1300 ext. 134

Other Important Notes
Title One /Basic Skills Program 


       There is a  process for assessing students to determine eligibility for our Title One/Basic Skills (Tier Three)Program.
Grades Kindergarten to Grade Five are assessed on the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) and the WIA (Word Identification Assessment -Grade K- 1-2). We collect data to determine those students in need of this intervention in English/ Language Arts Literacy.




All About Book Club


         Our Title One Book Club Program is located the  LEARNING LAB in Room #10, next to the main office. My teaching assignment this year, is instructing Resource Center students (Grades 4 and 5) as well Title One Book Club students- Kindergarten to Grade Five .

                           Title One Book Club-        
 All members will be engaged in Literature Circle  discussions, in small Guided Reading groups.

 Title One  /Basic Skills
ELA ( English/Language Arts) Criteria

Classroom teachers collect reading data two to  three times throughout the school year. A specific Tool Criteria Form is filled out by classroom teachers , for administrative review based on students reading and writing  needs. The goal of our program is to provide Basic Skills and reinforce strategies taught in the classroom. for additional support.


          After all assessments are completed and graded, the classroom teacher fills out a form with the data to refer a student for Basic Skills instruction. The principal reviews data collection.If a student meets set criteria a letter will be sent home for parent approval and signature,  prior to beginning Book Club. Book Club reinforces skills and strategies taught in class at student's reading level.
       Our Title One/Basic Skills "Leveled Literacy Intervention" (LLI Program) ELA-English/ Language Arts  Program encompasses the following  grades: Kindergarten  to Grade Five. 
      Please remember the importance of continuing to set aside time for nightly reading and writing in order to provide your child with reinforcement .
        This will help promote practice of reading and writing skills and strategies taught in Book Club and in class this year.


Newsflash Reminder:
IMPORTANT- Please be sure to sign up for my Newsflash email by clicking the tab on the left titled "Newsflash".This will alert you via email or phone text message of any changes made on my webpage.

                                      Visit Riverdale Public Library-
               First,select a story and have your child read along with the books online. Riverdale Public Library has so many wonderful resources. 
A great website is...
Just follow these important steps:
1.Type in the above website link.

2.Click on Tumble Books(at the bottom) of the webpage.
3. This webpage offers an online collection of talking picture books which help children enjoy reading.


Our Public Library has an abundance of wonderful reading materials including new e-books.Their library website has many wonderful stories to promote reading and writing from Grades K-5.


Thank You in advance for being wonderful Partners in Learning and for all your literacy support this school year!

Helpful Websites:


  •      Here are some helpful reading and writing websites to promote literacy: ,, ,, and
            Please continue to have your child log on to these useful literacy websites as often as possible.

          The above websites offer critical reading practice for your child to work on important reading skills( ie: letter /sound association,spelling) and language arts activities such as (i.e.:sequencing,story elements, modeling oral reading fluency) and more!These web sites offer endless activities to help support our readers and writers to meet with success.
                Please be sure to visit your child's homeroom webpage for other fun and useful websites as well.

    Ask Me About...Learning Strands- 
           Please be sure to practice some of the skills listed below ,as your child reads and writes in order to reinforce skills and strategies learned in class and in "Book Club".
  • Learning Strands-
  • Standards that have been taught in Language Arts/ Literacy "Book Clubs" Grades Kindergarten to Grade Four.

Each grade level is instructed on the following specific skills and strategies at their independent and instructional reading levels in a Guided Reading group.
        These items listed below are concepts, strategies, and skills modeled during our reading and writing mini-lessons this school year:

     This includes phonemic awareness,phonics skills, analyzing specific spelling  patterns ,and writing high- use words.

       We specifically worked on character ( WHO?)and setting

( where? and when?).

        We worked on specific strategies on what to do when you encounter  a tricky word.


           Writing about "Small Moments" ( personal narratives) in our lives as well as Expository writing pieces
( Non- Fiction /working on "How To ")writing pieces. 


Please be sure to have your child practice non-fiction( Informational text) and note the differences between both types of texts (non-fiction features and fictional features). Have your child identify the genre  ( e.x. fantasy, realistic fiction)and set a purpose for reading prior to reading the text.

Here are some of the following skills and strategies to practice when reading:

            First, have your child identify if the text /story structure selected is  fiction ( Narrative story) OR Non-Fiction
( informational).


  •  Work on identifying the problem or conflict in a fictional story and then identify the solutions/resolution to the conflicts.
  • Work on how to break up "tricky" words into manageable parts- the "chunking"strategy (ex.word families ,compound words). 
  • Work on  new vocabulary terms and their meanings/definitions by looking in the dictionary or glossary.
  •  Work on  synonyms (words that mean the same thing or close to the same thing) when uncovering the meaning of an unknown word OR use the context of the words around the new word to determine the meaning. 

    Be sure to look up the meanings of unfamiliar words digitally on the computer on OR
  •  Work on antonyms ( words that mean the opposite).
  • Work on prefixes that come at the beginning of words( un, pre, re) and their meanings.
  • Work on retelling a story using "sequence time order sequence words" ( first, next, then ,and last or finally)when recalling story events. This helps us remember what we read to build comprehension skills.
  • Work on "Steps in a Process".This is an important skill that  in order to sequence important events/details.
  • We are reading  "Old Time Classics" such as  fables and folktales and the lessons/ morals learned.We have  worked on making connections and reflecting on the reason the author wrote the text.
  • Work on"Word Study"- (Vocabulary Skills), we worked on Homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and are spelled differently.Have your child try to think of some Homophones as they read stories and identify the meaning of those words. (i.e.pear, pair, meet, meat and there are many more!)
  • Work on the  focus strategy pertaining to the "Main Idea/Theme" (the BIG picture) of the story and recalling and retelling important story details and facts.
  • Work on  "drawing conclusions" based on clues in the text.Review prefixes and suffixes

    Some Word Attack Skills
  • Switching the Vowel Sound:Work on an important strategy- be sure to read to the END of the word in order to pronounce it properly."Switching the vowel sound" from the short sound to the long sound or vice- versa also  helps to decode an unfamiliar word.
  • Scooping and Tapping Sounds:Break the word into parts (scooping syllables), tapping out sounds on fingers to spell
    O U T an unfamiliar word.





                                                     Happy Reading ! 




                                                  Mrs. McCarthy