WordGen Elementary

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

Go to "Action News"

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

The WordGen TeamDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.
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The WordGen TeamDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.