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THE DISTRICT OFFICE SUMMER HOURS ARE
MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
First Grade Reading
Instructor: Ms. Kaitlin Powers   
 At Highland, we use a reading curriculum called Every Child a Reader (ECaR). This curriculum allows for complete differentiation so that I am able to support every learner in my classroom in the specific areas that they need most. We spend 1 hour each day doing reading, which is made up of four 15 minute rotations, as well as an additional demonstrated reading component for 15 minutes a day.

The first 15 minute rotation is meeting with me in a small group. We read the a new book every two days, and focus on new vocabulary, fluency, and a targeted goal. The four main targets that we are currently working on are Consonant-vowel-consonant words (such as dog, mat, fit, etc.), blends (like br, sn, fl, etc.), and silent e words (that end in -ike, -ome, -ale, etc.). The groups that students are placed in are very flexible and change frequently, which means no child is being tracked or always working with the same small group. The time students meet with me provides me with the opportunity to interact daily with each student so that I can assess them and provide them with appropriate support every day.  

The second ECaR rotation is directed reading. This is the center right after students work in small group with me, and they complete a reading assignment that was demonstrated and worked on in small group. This lets students independently work on the daily target and goal, as well as allows me an opportunity to later assess if students master a target.

The third rotation is called "Learning Centers", which students are only allowed to go to if they finish their directed reading assignment. This is more or less a "brain break" where students can complete fun, literacy based activities of their choice. The final rotation is fluency practice, where students work on developing their stamina and independent reading abilities. Currently, at this center students read to themselves on the carpet area and develop their love of reading. Overall, ECaR is a wonderful curriculum that is working great in our classroom! I have already seen great gains in each student, and I look forward to the continued devleopment of each child!
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