Reading & Literacy Intervention Program
At GWCS, we strive for each student to love to read. We teach students to read and then they read to learn. We design our lessons based on a Balanced Literacy approach.
In grades 3 through 5, the focus shifts to more complex texts. The Next Step Benchmark Test determines the student’s instructional level. A higher level of comprehension is taught including the skills of inferencing and evaluating. In most classes, read alouds, guided reading and independent reading connect with the literary elements of fiction and nonfiction texts.
In grades 6 and up, novels are read and analyzed for more complex comprehension. The novels read as a class, integrate multiple subjects such as history and science. The students also enjoy reading their independent reading books.
In K-5, students are assessed for reading three times a year using The Next Step Reading Assessment. This test is used to determine a student’s instructional level.
Students read part of a text aloud to determine fluency and accuracy. In grades 1 to 5, the students read the rest of the text silently; then, the student is asked to retell the story. Lastly, comprehension questions are asked and the answers analyzed. In grades K-2, teachers also administer the Dibels Test three times a year. Students are tested for several phonological skills as well as fluency and accuracy. In addition, sight words are assessed. This assessment is important because 60 percent of words students will read during activities will contain non decodable or sight words.
RTI or Response to Intervention
Here at GWCS we have intervention teachers for reading and math in grades K-5. Data is taken and then is determined if a student need some extra reading reinforcement. In math, the intervention section of the math program, Go Math, is utilized. In reading, The Leveled Literacy Intervention System by researchers, Fountus and Pinnell , is used and helps the RTI Specialists foster reading improvement. The Reading Specialist instructs students that are close to reading on level but need extra support.
Literacy Night for K-2
In k-2 reading there is an emphasis on phonological awareness, phonics, read aloud, guided reading, reading conferences , shared reading and independent reading. Weekly assessments, The Next Step Benchmark Test and the Dibels Reading Skill Test are given. In these grades, learning to read nonfiction and fiction texts with fluency and accuracy is stressed. Comprehension of the the five w’s ( who, what,when,why and where) is taught at this level.