Reading Curriculum K-5

Reading Curriculum K-5

Reading is the foundation of all learning. In order to learn, a child must have good reading skills. In order to succeed, a child must learn how to read and write well.

In addition to standard textbooks, DAS has added several special programs:

  • SRA Imagine It! (from McGraw-Hill, one of the top educational research and publishing companies in the world
  • Accelerated Reader from Renaissance Learning, used by over 1/3 of all U.S. schools as well as internationally.

SRA Imagine It!-- is a set of coursework that is aligned with State of Florida standards and addresses the five key areas of reading and writing instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness- the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in words
  • Systematic, Explicit Phonics a systematic method of teaching children sound-spelling relationships and how to use those relationships to read words
  • Fluency - the ability to recognize, understand and automatically read accurately and quickly
  • Vocabulary – the words that must be understood when listening, speaking, reading, and writing in order to communicate effectively

The intent of this program is to aid all levels of learners to reach the highest possible of reading and writing skills. It also includes links to science and social studies and assessment that help provide the most effective instruction. There proven tools to assess student strengths and weaknesses and supplemental material to help build skills targeting instruction to the various levels of student reading/writing skills relative to their grade and age -- Approaching Level, On Level, Above Level and for new/basic English Learners.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is the nation's most widely used K12 reading program. This program is designed to motivate students to practice their reading skills.

Teachers schedule time for daily reading practice in addition to class instructional reading. Students select and read non-fiction library books that match their individual ability levels and interests and are geared to each student's specific levels of reading and retention skill
When a student finishes a book, he or she takes an AR Reading Practice Quiz which assesses general comprehension of the book just read which on a computer or mobile device. Students have their comprehension assessed in a fun way because they earn points by scoring well on each assessment.
AR's programming scores the quiz, keeps track of the results, and generates reports that teachers use to monitor each student's practice, set goals and guide students to appropriate books as well as targeting instruction

AR encourages wide reading, which is the most effective method for building vocabulary. The built-in progress-monitoring and feedback mechanisms reinforce student effort and generate better results.

DAS believes these programs, reinforced by more cross-discipline resources (like Study Island and Math Games) will make a positive difference in the education of our students.