The Literacy~Social Studies Ledger

River Edge School District


Our January Parent Academy was a great success! Four of River Edge's extremely talented professionals led informational sessions explaining how the students are being taught through well-thought out, strategic and purposeful lessons geared to address targeted areas of instruction. Watch a clip of one of Roosevelt's 5th grade "superteachers" explaining the cognitive complexity involved in questioning on the PARCC below:

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Classrooms have been bustling with excitement and decorated with fun and colorful themes inviting students to continue on their learning journeys. We always look forward to discussing the awesome books we've read and write about the wondrous adventures we've experienced throughout the year.

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

Winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a cup of steamy hot tea or creamy cocoa with marshmallows and enjoy listening to a book! While it's true that our children love to read independently, there's nothing of greater value than quality time with loved ones. Even nine, ten and eleven year-olds will cherish the memories of relaxing on the warm, fluffy, soft couch and listening to you read an all-time favorite book to them. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • 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
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Tips for Reading to Your Child

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The JWCRE hosted a Tri-Community Spelling Bee on January 31st in Oradell. Classroom level bees were held in Cherry Hill and Roosevelt throughout December. River Edge sent a total of seven fourth graders and eight fifth graders to compete. Congratulations to all the winners from River Edge who went on to compete! Great job!

Key Features of the Common Core Standards for Literacy

Reading: The reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read.

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?

Geography Bees have been taking place in Roosevelt and Cherry Hill Schools during January and were just completed during this first week of February. Here are the results:

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!

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Social Studies Alive!

The fifth and sixth graders are the lucky recipients of a brand new Social Studies series this year. Social Studies Alive is not just a wonderful new textbook with integrated historical art, but also an interactive online component for every student to engage in! We'll be integrating Social Studies, Art, Technology and Literacy this year...looks like our students will be making history!

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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!

The Concept

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.

What’s Included

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!

Stay Tuned for the Latest ELA and Social Studies Updates!

Kelly Scibilia, Literacy and Social Studies Coach and Instructional Supervisor

It is my great pleasure to have joined the River Edge Administrative Team as the ELA and Social Studies Coach and Instructional Supervisor. I have been an educator for eighteen years in various roles including Elementary Teacher, ESL Teacher, Program Coordinator, Academic Interventionist and Literacy Coach. I am excited to work with such a supportive, collaborative team whose main focus is student success in an integrated, whole child approach. I look forward to an amazing year in the River Edge Public Schools!