Grade 4/5 Ignited Literacy OCTOBER


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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 researach 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

Get started with this implementation guide and in 15 days your class will be ready to love reading and writing in your classroom.

This resources will:

  • ✐ Give you a detailed schedule of what to do in your literacy block, including reading and writing
  • ✐ Provides 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
  • ✐ How to use mentor texts as models to support good writing
  • ✐ Writing mini-lesson guide that highlights effective instructional strategies
  • ✐ Student writing organizers for narrative, non-fiction report, persuasive report, and poem.
  • ✐ Guide to making flexible writing groups that foster peer support and feedback
  • ✐ Establish independent work skills in your students to prepare them for independent reader’s and writer’s workshop centers.
  • ✐Engage your students in reading and writing

October Activities

The theme this month is RESPECT. Students will develop skills over time through practice and repetition. These weekly lessons provide integrated teaching and learning so that all aspects of language are related and in context. Using a spiralled approach to teaching students will learn a variety of skills which are revisited throughout the year as they master different skills and goals within their literacy journey to become stronger readers and writers.

Week #1 – Say Something

The skills covered this week include: making personal connections between what we read and our own life, In writing students will be identifying the basic structure and parts of a paragraph. They will look at how to brainstorm ideas for writing while also learning how to identify the components of a sentence.

Week #2 – Playing War

Students will continue to look at how to make connections with a text and the world around them. In writing, they will look closely at a story map to identify the parts of a story. In their own writing they will explore how to plan out a story of their own following the same story map. Finally in grammar they will continue to explore sentences more about sentences.

Week #3 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Students will look more closely at how to respond to reading. Specifically how they can share the connections that they make with supporting details from the text. They will look at how to brainstorm and organize their ideas for writing a non fiction report. Finally, they will look at how the comma is used when writing a list.

Week #4 – The Name Jar

This week students will explore how making connections helps you understand point of view and perspective in a text. They will look deeper at understanding vocabulary when they read. In writing they will be introduced to a biography as a form of writing and look at the basic structure of this writing form. They will also look specifically at drafting introductions when writing. Finally they will look at conjunctions as a way to create complex and a variety of sentences in their writing.

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 October:
  1. Pink Shirts Stand Up To Bullying
  2. Children of War
  3. The Power of Positivity
  4. Pierre Elliot Trudeau

✍ 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 OCTOBER