The Literacy~Social Studies Ledger
River Edge School District
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Each season there is a grade level list of notable children's books posted here. Make it a priority to read to your child every day and follow up with accountable "book talk". Together, we will support the students in becoming "Superstar Readers"!
RESD "Read to Me!" Winter Book Club
- Kindergarten - Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
- 1st Grade - Crickwing by Janell Cannon
- 2nd Grade - Redwoods by Jason Chin
- 3rd Grade - Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
- 4th Grade - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- 5th Grade - Rules by Cynthia Lord
- 6th Grade - The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle
*Keep in mind that these selections are for reading aloud to your child. They are not appropriately leveled for independent reading at the indicated grade levels.
RESD "Read to Me!" Fall Book Club
The benefits of reading out loud to your child/ren are numerous. Even as children become independent readers they have much to gain by listening to above level text read to them.
"A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. You can and should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot and this will be a motivation to keep reading. A fifth-grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than she can read herself, and reading aloud is really going to hook her, because when you get to chapter books, you’re getting into the real meat of print – there is really complicated, serious stuff going on that kids are ready to hear and understand, even if they can’t read at that level yet." ~Jim Trelease
Suggested books for Fall:
- K - What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
- 1st - Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- 2nd - Strega Nonna's Harvest by Tommie dePaola
- 3rd - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
- 4th - The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- 5th - Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
- 6th - The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Tips for Reading to Your Child
Key Features of the Common Core Standards for Literacy
Writing: The writing standards acknowledge the fact that while some writing skills (e.g., the ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish) apply to many types of writing, other skills relate to specific types of writing: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives.
Language: The language standards include the essential "rules" of standard written and spoken English, but they also look at language as a matter of craft and making choices.
Speaking and listening: The speaking and listening standards require students to develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills, not just skills needed for formal presentations.
Common Core Standards Website:
What's New in Social Studies?
Cherry Hill School Geography Bee Winner: Alissa Sherbatov
Roosevelt School Geography Bee Winner: Ashley Cimino
Congratulations to the winners and all the contestants for displaying such academic prowess! Well done!
Social Studies Alive!
K-4 Social Studies Magazines
Grades K through four hit the jackpot this year with full year subscriptions to Studies Weekly! They'll enjoy a variety of new topics in a colorful newsletter with accompanying classroom activities. Our eager readers are going to love this fun, new format!
Nobody teaches the history of our great nation, or your state, with more care and passion than Studies Weekly! The unique approach to teaching combines a fun and engaging student magazine kids love, with a concise teaching program. Studies Weekly publications have been proven to raise test scores, so your children will be prepared when it comes to required state testing. In most cases, Studies Weekly covers 100% of national and state social studies standards.
Students will eagerly devour each weekly unit as they page through exciting social studies lessons, aided by colorful illustrations that help them imagine life in historical context. Plus, every Studies Weekly periodical contains fun and challenging activities that can be used for in-class assignments. The Studies Weekly publication consists of 24 - 32 weekly units delivered to schools in four quarterly installments. And with our K-2 social studies publications, a poster-sized “Big” edition of every issue is included for use as a visual teaching aid. Best of all, Studies Weekly subscribers can access our extensive teacher resources, daily activities and supplementary material that will expand and enrich the classroom learning experience!