Pioneer’s K–4 Language Arts program is based on the reading and writing workshop model developed by Teachers College at Columbia University. This focused approach ensures that each student develops the skills needed to excel as a reader, writer, speaker, and listener. Our classroom libraries are loaded with engaging titles from our students' favorite series, all of which are ideal for elementary school libraries.
Through read-alouds, guided reading, and book groups, children develop listening and comprehension skills and learn to express their ideas. “Read, Stop, Think!” strategies are taught to build skills in predicting, visualizing, summarizing, and making inferences. Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are integrated as students master mechanics while writing for a variety of audiences and in a wide range of genres. The writing process includes pre-writing, revising, and editing. Each student is encouraged to develop skills that lead to a lifelong love of reading while guided in developing a voice as a writer. Each session begins with a mini lesson. Kids sit with a long-term partner while in the mini lesson. The mini lesson ends with the kids being sent off to their own independent work. As students work, the teacher confers with them and leads small groups. Partway through independent work time, the teacher stands and delivers a mid-workshop teaching point. The workshop ends with a share. ReadingReading comprehension skills are deepened in 3rd grade as literacy is increasingly critical in mastering concepts and content in science, social studies, and math. In third grade, students learn to read narrative fiction books, nonfiction expository texts, nonfiction narrative texts (biographies), mystery-themed books, and do book clubs to study books with strong main characters. Writing With a focus on personal narrative, myth, poetry, realistic fiction, and informational writing, students learn to write a complete paragraph with a main idea, supporting sentences, and a conclusion. Students gain a deeper understanding of the writing process by creating a rough draft, an edited and revised draft, and a final draft. In third grade, students learn to write personal narratives - small moment stories, nonfiction writing - chapter books about an area of expertise, opinion writing - persuasive, and fairy tale writing - copy and change elements to an existing fairy tale and then write an original fairy tale. STANDARDS AND SKILLS: Create clear, coherent, and focused paragraphs Identify and use nouns, verbs, and pronouns appropriately Self-edit and proofread for capitalization, organization, punctuation, and spelling Identify and describe plot, setting, and characters Summarize a piece of writing