TK-5 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Units of Study
- Word Study
- Words Their Way
- Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS)
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Phonemic Awareness
- SEEDS (Rainin-cohort sites only)
Guidance for provisioning the Workshop can be found HERE.
Elementary instruction focuses on the six components of a Balanced Approach to Literacy (BAL), a pedagogical framework that interweaves "learning to read" with "reading to learn":
- Word Study
- Read Alouds
- Shared Reading
- Reading Worskhop
- Interactive & Shared Writing
- Writing Workshop
Within the BAL framework, The Big Three--Close Reading of Complex Texts, Academic Discussion, and Evidence-Based Writing--are core practices that support our students in developing the capacities of the literate individual.
- Reading Inventory (previously Scholastic Reading Inventory)
- Reading and Running Records: Fountas & Pinnell OR DRA/EDL (for Dual Language schools)
- Fountas & Pinnell Foundations OR DRA/EDL Early Literacy
- Reading Performance Assessments
To compare what reading components are tested across multiple assessments: Comparison Chart
The Blueprints help elementary teacher teams create an annual scope and sequence of focal standards and key concepts that align with OUSD core curricular materials. To design instructional units and lesson plans, teachers must use the California Standards to clarify desired results, agree on evidence of mastery, and plan learning experiences (see: Levels of Backwards Planning).