FIS uses a reading series called Reading Street.  It is produced by the Scott Foresman Publishing company. There are many components to this reading curriculum. At the third grade level, we have many students whom are still acquiring phonemic awareness skills.  This means they are still learning the sounds for each letter and letter combinations. These students need to review these sounds and practice them often.  The basis of our reading curriculum in third grade involves focused instruction in three areas: fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, with many phonemic awareness components.

A few FAQ about the reading series:

       * Students have 2 oral reading assignments each week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  In order to become fluent readers, your child must practice. Each week students will study "vocabulary words" that are located in the weekly stories as well as "amazing words".  The amazing words are simply words that students are exposed to during the week.  Students are not tested on the amazing words.  Their purpose is to increase your child's oral vocabulary and provide a base for future vocabulary. The vocabulary words are one component of the weekly test. Students need to be familiar with the definitions of the words, so they are reviewed frequently throughout the week.  

       * You will receive a reading newsletter every Monday.  The newsletter is called "Family Times" and will have the weekly skills, vocabulary words and spelling words listed on it.  The assessments in this reading curriculum are not story focused....meaning your child will not have a test over their story. Rather, students are tested over the skills and vocabulary they have learned throughout the week.  This may seem difficult at the beginning of the year, but once students become familiar with the test format, they are more prepared to answer more complex questions using higher order thinking skills.  

THANK YOU for working with the school to make your child a lifelong reader!!

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