Grades 4 & 5
Implementation of the original Word Generation program in middle school made clear that starting earlier to teach the academic language, discussion, argumentation, and thinking skills would help shrink the achievement gap and support students in meeting the Common Core State Standards. Accordingly, a 4th and a 5th grade Word Generation curriculum was developed. Each grade level consists of 12 units designed to be used for 40-50 minutes per day for two weeks. Units are each organized around a central question and offer a variety of texts, word-learning activities, writing tasks, and discussion/debate opportunities. Topics covered are often included in social studies content standards as well as ELA literacy standards. References to Common Core Standards are included in the Teacher Editions.
Newscasts Launch Each Unit in 4th and 5th Grades
There are several newscasters, including Paige Reider, Sharon Wright, Justin Thyme, and Reid Moore. They introduce the topic covered in the unit through a video newscast. The unit’s focus words are embedded in the newscast and then reviewed at the end of each video.
24 Two-week Interdisciplinary Elementary Units Available