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English Language Arts


Short Stories to read online with quiz for each story


Link to Spelling Words for each week- click here

This is everything your child will be learning this year for Reading:

Phonics and Word Recognition

• read and understand words with prefixes and suffixes

• read multisyllabic and irregularly spelled words



• read grade-level text with purpose, understanding, accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression

• use context clues and self-correction strategies for understanding when reading text


Literature (fiction)

• ask and answer questions referring to the text as the basis for the answers

• recount stories from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral

• describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

• determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text

• describe how the structure supports the text

• distinguish their own point of view from the narrator or characters

• explain the connections between illustrations and text

• compare/contrast stories written by the same author


Informational Text (nonfiction)

• ask and answer questions referring to the text as the basis for the answers

• determine the main ideas and supporting details

• describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific concepts, or procedural steps

• determine the meaning of academic words and phrases 

• use text features and search tools to locate information

• distinguish their own point of view from that of the author

• use information from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding

• describe the logical connection between sentences and paragraphs

• compare/contrast the important points and key details of two texts on the same topic 



• write opinion pieces with supporting reasons, linking words, and a conclusion

• write informative/explanatory pieces with information explained clearly, linking words, and a conclusion

• write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences with descriptive details, sequenced events, dialogue, and a conclusion

• produce clear and coherent writing

• use technology and digital resources to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others

• conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic

• write routinely over extended and shorter time frames


Speaking and Listening

• come to discussions prepared and follow agreed-upon rules 

• explain ideas and understanding related to the discussion

• ask and answer questions that expand on information from a speaker

• report on a topic or tell a story using appropriate facts and details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace

• use multimedia resources to emphasize or enhance presentation

• expand upon ideas using complete sentences 



• explain and understand the function of parts of speech

• form and use regular and irregular plural nouns

• use abstract nouns

• form and use regular/irregular verbs and simple verb tenses

• ensure subject-verb and noun-pronoun agreement

• produce simple, compound, and complex sentences

• write and organize a paragraph about a topic

• use appropriate capitalization and punctuation

• spell grade-appropriate words correctly, using references as needed

• use appropriate conventions of standard English 



• use context clues to determine meaning of a word or phrase

• determine the meanings of words using knowledge of affixes and roots

• use glossaries/dictionaries

• identify real-life connections

• understand variations of meaning for related words

• acquire and use grade-appropriate words and phrases 







Reading Together

1. You and your child both read the words out loud together. Read at the child’s speed. You are modeling good reading for your child.

2. As you read together, your child must read every word. To make sure your child is looking at the words, it will help if one of you points to the word you are both reading with a finger or card. It’s best if your child will do the pointing.

3. When a word is read incorrectly you just say the word and then your child immediately repeats the word.

4. Show interest in the book your child has chosen. Talk about the pictures. Talk about what’s in the book as your child goes through it. It’s best if you talk at the end of a page or section, or your child might lose track of the story. Ask what things might happen next. Listen to your child – don’t do all the talking.


1. Try very hard to do Paired Reading every day for 5 minutes. If the student wants to read longer, a total of 15 minutes is long enough.

2. Select a time that’s good for both you and your child. Don’t make your child do Paired Reading when he/she really wants to do something else.

3. For days when you are not available, you may want to train someone else to be a substitute. Grandparents, older brothers and sisters, aunts, baby-sitters can be excellent reading role models, too.


 1. Try to find a place that’s quiet. Children are easily distracted by noise. Turn off the T.V., radio, and stereo.

2. Try to find a place that’s private. No one else should be in the room. Many families find this is a great opportunity for one parent to spend time with just one child.

3. Try to find a place that’s comfortable so both readers can concentrate on the story without having to shift around. Try to associate warm and snuggly feelings with reading.



A reading website that is available in English and Spanish: Story Place

To have a story read to you online, visit the website below: Storyline Online


ABCya! is a website that provides students with an opportunity to practice many reading skills. Click an activity below to practice.

Word Building

Must Pop Words- letters fall and students have to type words using the letters they are given

Nouns and Verbs



For learning sight words:

Helpful hints! Always introduce words in a meaningful way.

Use them in sentences and relate to books and other classroom print.

Encourage the children to use the words orally in sentences.

Write down sentences children make with these words.

Invite the children to use these words in their writing sentences.

Write short sentences so students can practice reading these words in context.