Reading and Writing Department Blog

The Beauty behind Biographies

November 21, 2019

For the past two weeks our 5th graders have been learning about biographies and autobiographies. Biographies are written text used to inform readers about a real person. Th...

PK3 Learning

November 21, 2019

Welcome to our PK3 class, where we learn new things every day. Since it is the first year we are in school, learning is super fun! Maybe our parents wonder what we have learn...

American Revolution Projects

November 18, 2019

This week 8th grade has been working on projects over the causes and effects of the American Revolution. This is the first time most of the students have dived into th...

Daily Five

November 18, 2019

In first grade the students enjoy working in Learning Stations!  We use the literacy structure called Daily Five.  It is an integration of instruction and classroom ma...

Phonics and Reading

November 13, 2019

Phonics in Second Grade What is phonics? Phonics is teaching children individual sounds to help them decode words. Phonics is essential for students to learn because it he...

Expository Composition

November 11, 2019

When writing an expository essay, our students follow these basic steps: Select a topic  The topic is narrow enough to make it manageable within the space of an ...

PK4 Academic Vocabulary

November 11, 2019

ACADEMIC VOCABULARY INSIGHTS An article by Nurys Gisbert, Texas Certified EC-4, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher   How can we help preschoolers improve their academic voc...

Reading Theater in PK4

November 11, 2019

Fun Reading/Theater lesson in Pre-Kinder 4 with puppets.  We read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". This is a great activity to help develop retelling s...

Writing Day in 3rd Grade

November 11, 2019

The students are enjoying a writing day using a birthday experience to create a past narrative composition. They used visuals, sentence structure cards, and even enjoyed a cupca...

Poetry, at times, can be challenging to many middle school students. Therefore, it is my duty to provide the necessary tools to aid students in comprehension. In poetry, devices...

Here’s a fun activity on ‘Word Meanings’ with a tweak to Frayer’s Model that is applicable to grades 3-8   Process & Material: Students...

Our bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! Thanks to Scholastic Books, Amigos Por Vida - Friends For Life CS, is able to provide a large variety of books for all ag...