GREEN WOODS CLASSROOMS
Stewards of the Environment
Green Woods fulfills its mission of creating stewards of the environment with a strong focus on science along with literacy. Students at Green woods experience science text in every area of learning, but reading, writing, speaking, and listening all lend themselves especially well to Environmental Science integration. Green Woods teachers are passionate about incorporating nature into classroom through daily messages, science posters, poems, magazines, read-alouds, and books enjoyed during daily shared, guided, and independent reading.
Young scientists at Green Woods encounter science stories and films while in Environmental Science, and keep a journal containing notes, diagrams, reflections, and charts. Outdoors, students bring their journals into the field to note their observations, list flora and fauna they observed, perhaps write poetry inspired by their surroundings, or record measurements and temperature. In the general classroom, outside of science class, reading and writing topics and even number stories in math are based on Environmental Science themes, allowing students to understand the world around them through multiple lenses, even when indoors.
Green Woods teachers strive to create powerful writers with strong voices. All GWCS teachers guide their students in writing narrative stories, informational paragraphs, poetry, friendly letters, and persuasive letters and essays. Students cover their classrooms with writing-- labels, schedules, lists, charts, signs, and published work. Students also write narrative stories about themselves and their experiences, and informational paragraphs about topics learned in Environmental Science. Many classes use their persuasive writing skills to support environmental causes, such as orangutan deforestation. Students practice writing daily in journals, messages, letters, and larger pieces developed in writer's workshop, as well as in science, music, art, and science.
Green Woods students LOVE to read, and Green Woods teachers strive to develop their students into fluent, passionate readers who devour books of all kinds. Students are exposed to text in all of their classes. They are encouraged to read both words and pictures as well as think, write, and discuss connections and text elements. A wide variety of books, including many nature-themed fiction and non-fiction titles, is available in all classrooms and students are taught and encouraged to immerse themselves in literature. Green Woods students experience a wide variety of stories in shared, guided, and independent reading.
The Wilson Program
Students in Kindergarten through third grade practice letter sounds, word patterns, and sight words through the Wilson Program's Fundations curriculum, preparing them for the more complex spelling patterns and grammar rules they will encounter in later years.
Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics/ word study
- High frequency word study
- Reading fluency
- Comprehension strategies
Fundations also serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. It is integral to a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework, providing research-based instruction in Tier 1 as well as early intervention (Tier 2) for students at risk for reading difficulties.
Legacy of Leadership
Students at Green Woods use their reading and writing abilities by participating in everyday classroom life. They keep journals, read for pleasure, write letters to friends and family, use maps, make lists, read and write phone numbers, and use graphic organizers for problem-solving with their peers. The strong readers and writers developed at Green Woods become stewards of the environment who love to think and learn, and who have the tools with which to continue the Green Woods legacy of leadership as they continue on their future paths.