Overview of Grades 4-6 Resources

Interactive Read Aloud

  • More challenging themes and messages in each text set
  • Includes some short story collections and shorter novels
  • Authentic inquiry projects to engage students in real-life problem-solving
  • Includes 120 trade titles per grade organized in text sets to support thinking

Book Clubs

  • More challenging themes and messages in each text set
  • Includes some short story collections and novels
  • Includes 48 trade titles per grade linked to Interactive Read-Aloud

Independant Reading

  • Greater volume and variety of genres
  • Genres and forms that engage and inspire older students
  • Includes 200 trade titles per grade

Word Study

  • Inquiry-based lessons with emphasis on vocabulary building and multi-syllable words
  • Intensive work with irregular letter patterns, affixes, and word origins
  • Extensive, specialized word lists

Guided Reading

  • Features a larger quantity of engaging nonfiction books to increase content knowledge
  • Intensive teaching for the strategic actions for decoding, fluency and comprehending texts
  • Continued emphasis on series and greater number of graphic texts
  • Books span levels N–Z: 180 titles in Grade 4, 170 titles in Grade 5, and 150 titles in Grade 6

Reading Minilessons

  • Features sophisticated literary analysis lessons for fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Includes emphasis on social–emotional conversational moves for deep discussion
  • Develops awareness of the writer’s craft and understanding of different genres

General

  • Project-based writing
  • More emphasis on literary analysis and content knowledge
  • Links to disciplinary learning
  • Texts that challenge students to think more deeply about themselves and their world
  • Increased sophistication in thematic content
  • Emphasis on human challenges and social justice issues
  • Includes emphasis on writing about reading and the use of Advanced Reader’s Notebooks