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Welcome to Intensive Reading. There are helpful links to the left and classroom updates on the homepage. Below you can find our Class Rules, ways to contact me, and some of the Big Ideas that we will cover during the first sememster.


Our P.R.I.D.E.

   P - Prepared: Pens/pencils, charged Chrome Book & earbuds

   R - Respect: Respect everyone in class, use our T.H.I.N.K.***

   I - Integrity: Do the work, don't lie about homework

   D - Dedicated: Improve our reading, commit to the hard work

   E - Engaged: Participate in whole & small group activities as well as independent time


   ***We will abide by our T.H.I.N.K. acronym as we speak to one another. Every word we speak must be, at ALL times:

   T -     True

   H -    Helpful

   I -      Inspiring

   N -    Necessary

   K -    Kind


Reading homework:

Students will have a book of their own choice to read EACH day. It is imperative that they read each day. Over 2 hours of reading a day (this includes all reading in school) will only maintain their reading level, so they need more than 2 hours to improve it.


Unit 1 - Building a Reading Life

   Making honest, important reading resolutions

   Selecting appropriate books

   Remembering what we have read

   Continue building our reading stamina - reading faster, stronger, longer

   Moving beyond our reading territories

   Talking and writing about reading

   The reading conference

   Distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction

   Abide by the guidelines of the Reader's Workshop


Word Study - an alternative to traditional spelling instruction. It is based on learning word patterns rather than memorizing unconnected words. rovides students with opportunities to investigate and understand the patterns in words. Knowledge of these patterns means that students needn't learn to spell one word at a time. 


~ Students learn that spelling patterns exist, even with exceptions, and that these patterns help to explain how to spell, read, and write words.


~ Word study is also designed to build word knowledge that can be applied to both reading and spelling (Henderson, 1992; Zutell, 1998). Because it is closely tied to reading instruction, it also develops students' abilities in phonics, word recognition, and vocabulary (Baker, 2000).




Please check your child's planner (& Panther Card now in Castle) for any notes as well as the weekly assignments. Grades will be available via Focus as we move through the semester. As always, you can email me at



The students must have their charged Chrome Book, planners in each class, pens or pencils each day, a reading book of their choice.


In the classroom the students have a Reader's Notebook and a Word Study Notebook. If the student wishes to take any of these notebooks out of the classroom, it is imperative that the notebooks be brought back to school for the next day's class, and that they are treated with care while out of the classroom.


These are important tools for our progress throughout the year.