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Reader’s Workshop is an organizational framework for reading instruction. It is a structure that provides an array of learning experiences for developing lifelong, strategic readers. The essential components of reader’s workshop include interactive read alouds by the teacher, discussion and more discussion, units of study, explicit teaching using a variety of approaches and strategies, and assessment. The reader’s workshop structure includes interactive read aloud/teacher talk, reading independently and in small groups, teacher conferences with individual children and small groups, reader responses, and sharing sessions.

Writer’s Workshop is and organizational framework for writing instruction. Writer’s workshop takes the children through the writing process from start to finish. Mentor texts are used extensively as models for students to emulate. The essential components of the writing workshop include immersion in a unit of study using mentor texts, discussion and more discussion, explicit teaching using a variety of approaches and strategies, and assessment. The writer’s workshop structure includes explicit teaching with a mentor text, children write and write, teacher conferences with individual students and small groups, and sharing sessions.  Third Graders write across the curriculum. They write about their observations, measurements, and predictions in science. They write journal entries during social studies. They respond to literature. They paraphrase and summarize information gleaned from their theme reading. 

The goal of the mathematics curriculum is to have children construct a strong understanding of mathematical concepts. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of concepts through the use of manipulatives and other tools, in communicating written and verbal mathematical ideas, and developing a variety of concise strategies for problem solving. Our main resources are TERC Investigations, EnVisions Math, and Marilyn Burns. 

We have many wonderful studies to look forward to this year! These studies will include field trips, hands-on experiments, and culminating projects. Reading and discussing many varied and beautiful trade books enhance the social studies and science curricula.

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