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What's New in Basic Skills

February into March: MIS Grades 3-5


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3rd Grade: WIlson Reading System students have been working on multisyllabic words.  They are working at level 3, which guides students to divide longer words. The greatest challenge is the schwa, or lazy vowel, that happens in the quieter syllable. Please prompt students to read and spell syllable by syllable during homework assignments. At this level, three BSI sessions equals one Wilson Reading System lesson (one day reading, one day spelling, one day mixed skill comprehension.)  Fluency practice also occurs, and phonemic awareness practice is provided if needed.


3rd grade math groups reinforced unit five content such as partitioning fractions, equivalent fractions, and helper facts for our ongoing multiplication fluency work.  They continue to use iReady to practice skills on their individualized learning paths based on midyear diagnostic results.


4th Grade: Our 4th grade Wilson Just Words students are continuing to combine their first four syllable types to read and spell multisyllabic words.  They have been working on applying spelling options for words containing r-controlled syllables. Fluency work is done on a regular basis.


4th grade math students continue to use iReady to practice skills on their individualized learning paths based on midyear diagnostic results.


5th Grade: Our LA sessions have focused on 13 of 14 units of the WIlson Just Words program, utilizing prefixes, bases, Latin roots, and suffixes as well as each of the six syllable types. This will help us to break apart to read as well as spell words utilizing various syllable types.  There is also fluency and comprehension work built into the program.  


Our math sessions have focused on unit 5 content, namely fraction operations and applications to word problems. They continue to use iReady to practice skills on their individualized learning paths based on midyear diagnostic results.