Everybody reads at Harlan.! There are numerous opportunities for students to learn, practice and enjoy reading in a variety of settings. In the classroom all students are instructed using the Harcourt on-level Anthologies. Along with this series teachers use leveled readers that are based on the same topics and vocabulary as the on level Anthologies, but are designed to meet the needs of students reading below grade level as well as challenge those students reading above grade level. There are also intervention materials used with students needing additional support in reading skills or vocabulary.To help each student reach his/her maximum reading potential there are resources outside the classroom. Several small groups of students also work with Reading Tutors and Reading Specialists to improve specific skills.Parents can help students practice reading skills at home by reading magazines, newspapers and novels with their children 20 to 30 minutes each day and discussing the articles. Here are some other great sources of reading activities that students and parents can do together at home:
1) www.compasslearningodyssey.com is a web based curriculum that delivers interactive, self paced, challenging, engaging activities that are tied to what your child is learning at school. Currently offered to students in the 3rd grade and above. All activities on the site an intended to be completed by the student.
2) www.harcourtschool.com is a web site that goes along with the Harcourt Reading Series. Students can click on the story they are currently reading and find games and activities that go along with the vocabulary and skills they are learning in class. Use “Beck” when asked for a password.
3) www.rif.org/readingplanet is another exciting web site for students. It has book reviews, reading games and activities, and information on how students can contact their favorite authors.
Teachers at Harlan are dedicated to helping each student reach their reading potential as well as encouraging their imagination and enjoyment of the printed text.