Grade 4/5 Ignited Literacy JANUARY


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Ever wondered how to get your students to love reading and writing? Love Genius Hour, or need a differentiated approach that gives students more voice and choice in what they read and write? Keep students engaged in writing all year long while meeting curriculum standards.

Ignited Literacy is your answer

→ Use research based strategies for teaching writing including

→ Gradual release of responsibility

→ Student led inquiry

→ Teaching spelling and grammar in context

→ Using mentor texts

→ Teacher conferences which support the cycle of assessment

This is month 5 in this series

To get started please begin with month 1 (September)

This resource will:

  • ✐ Give you a detailed schedule of what to do in your literacy block, including reading and writing.
  • ✐ Provide you with a read aloud guide that includes discussion and questioning prompts and teacher think aloud suggestions.
  • ✐ Includes original shared reading texts each week.
  • ✐ Teach spelling, grammar, and conventions in context with an ‘essential skills’ checklist.
  • ✐ Teach students how to use mentor texts as models to support good writing.
  • ✐ Writing mini-lesson guide that highlights effective instructional strategies.
  • ✐Engage your students in reading and writing.

Each weeks lessons will include:

1) Detailed lesson plans for the teacher

2) Lesson support pages for reading and writing mini lessons for student use

3) ‘Read Aloud Guide’ with suggested think alouds

4) Shared reading text – paired with read aloud

5) Guided reading text – paired with read aloud

6) Guided reading lesson plan and tracking page

7) Student center pages

  • ‘Word Work Choice Board’
  • ‘Reading response questions and choice board’
  • ‘Writing Idea Menu’
  • ‘Student Feedback/Conference Reporting Page’

8) Assessment Tracking Pages

January Activities

The focus this month is on point of view and writing a fiction summary using the SWBST strategy. Students will move from week to week with focus on these strategies to further develop their reading and writing skills.

In this month there are a variety of activities to engage students in learning. Included this month are:

  • Grammar SCOOT games
  • CUPS strategy for Editing
  • MINTS strategy for using Capital Letters
  • Reading Response Choice Boards
  • Quote of the Week
  • Retell vs Summary Activity
  • Sample Anchor Charts
  • Bump It Up Board Template and Exemplars
  • Fiction and Nonfiction Assessment Rubrics
  • Many more…

Books this month:

Week #1 – Two Bad Ants

Week #2 – One

Week #3 – A Bad Case of Stripes

Week #4 – Red: A Crayon’s Story

Weekly Differentiated Readings

In each package, there are 4 different texts that can be used for shared, guided or independent reading. Each text is provided at three different reading levels from grade 3-6. With this resource, you can assign the same story for many different students who are all reading at different levels.

Original Differentiated Reading Texts Included in January:

  1. Help With the Hunt
  2. The Punctuation Station
  3. A Straw Hat for Cow
  4. Mother Nature’s Walk

✍ With ‘Ignited Literacy’ your students will finally cheer when it is language arts instead of groan. And you as the teacher will have a solid plan to teach language, and fit it all in. ✍


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Grade 4/5 Ignited Literacy JANUARY