English Language Arts

Dear LCSD1 Parents and Guardians,

Laramie County School District #1 strives to provide the highest quality literacy experience for every child. This includes rich, purposeful exposure to high-quality curriculum in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Phonics. Our goal is to continue to improve our proficiency rates in these areas and prepare students for graduation. We have recognized some achievement trends in these areas that need to be addressed for our students. With that in mind, we have adopted a new English Language Arts Curriculum in grades K-6, Wit and Wisdom. This is an exciting opportunity for our schools, teachers, and students!

Wit and Wisdom is a comprehensive core reading program that is designed to challenge students in positive, productive ways. This program aims to build knowledge of the world and to deepen the skills they need to be strong readers, critical thinkers, skilled writers, and excellent communicators. This curriculum features a variety of deep, award-winning books that allow students in engage in rich discussion and expand their natural curiosity. The texts present within the curriculum are used as vehicles to deliver English Language Arts State Standards to students. These texts include novels, fictional stories, informational stories, biographies, poems, articles, videos, and more! The level of exposure to rich text is an opportunity that will benefit students for years to come. This curriculum also nicely compliments our Phonics program, Fundations, in the primary grades. This means that your student is receiving high-level instruction in both reading and foundational skills!

To support your child this school year, your child's teacher will send home a Family Tip Sheet at the start of each Module (every quarter). These are also available to download here on the website. These provide an overview of what your child will be learning about during that unit of study. Also included are suggestions on how to enrich these studies at home and other books you may consider reading at home with your child. You may also experience your student bringing home a core text to read with you!

We are excited to embark on this literacy journey with your student and family! For more information on the Wit and Wisdom curriculum, please visit their website athttp://www.greatminds.org/english.

Respectfully,

Katie Dijkstal

LCSD1 English Language Arts Coordinator, K-12

Coordinador del Distrito de Artes Lingüísticas

Estimados padres y tutores de LCSD1,

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Laramie #1 se esfuerza proporcionar una experiencia de alfabetización de la más alta calidad para cada niño. Esto incluye una exposición rica y decidida a un plan de estudios de alta calidad en las áreas de lectura, escritura y fonética. Nuestro objetivo es continuar mejorando nuestras tasas de competencia en estas áreas y preparar a los estudiantes para la graduación. Hemos reconocido algunas tendencias de logro en estas áreas que deben abordarse para nuestros estudiantes. Con eso en mente, hemos adoptado un nuevo currículo de artes del lenguaje en inglés en los grados K-6, Wit and Wisdom (Ingenio y Sabiduría). ¡Esta es una oportunidad emocionante para nuestras escuelas, maestros y estudiantes!

Wit and Wisdom es un programa integral de lectura básica que está diseñado para desafiar a los estudiantes de manera positiva y productiva. Este programa tiene como objetivo desarrollar el conocimiento del mundo y profundizar las habilidades que necesitan para ser lectores fuertes, pensadores críticos, escritores calificados y excelentes comunicadores. Este plan de estudios presenta una variedad de libros profundos y galardonados que permiten a los estudiantes participar en una rica conversación académica y expandir su curiosidad natural. Los textos presentes en el plan de estudios se utilizan como vehículos para entregar los Estándares Estatales de Artes del Lenguaje Inglés a los estudiantes. ¡Estos textos incluyen novelas, historias ficticias, historias informativas, biografías, poemas, artículos, videos y más! El nivel de exposición al texto enriquecido es una oportunidad que beneficiará a los estudiantes en los años venideros. Este plan de estudios también complementa muy bien nuestro programa de Fonética, Fundaciones, en los grados primarios. ¡Esto significa que su estudiante está recibiendo instrucción de alto nivel tanto en lectura como en las habilidades fundamentales!

Para apoyar a su hijo este año escolar, el maestro de su hijo enviará a casa una hoja de consejos familiares al comienzo de cada módulo (cada trimestre). Estos también están disponibles para descargar aquí en el sitio web. Estos proporcionan una visión general de lo que su hijo aprenderá durante esa unidad de estudio. También se incluyen sugerencias sobre cómo enriquecer estos estudios en el hogar y otros libros que puede considerar leer en casa con su hijo. ¡También su estudiante pueda traer a casa un texto para leer con usted!

¡Estamos emocionados de embarcarnos en este viaje de alfabetización con su estudiante y su familia! Para obtener más información sobre el plan de estudios de Wit and Wisdom, visite su sitio web enhttp://www.greatminds.org/english.

Respetuosamente,

Katie Dijkstal

LCSD1 Coordinadora de Artes del Lenguaje en Inglés, K-12

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Summer Reading

Parents this is the first way to support your child this summer. Find your child's grade appropriate books below.

Parent Reading Tip Sheets

Research demonstrates that students are most successful when parents and caregivers are meaningfully engaged with their child's school curricula.
Wit & Wisdom supports engagement with families by providing Parent Tip Sheets for each unit of study.
The Parent Tip Sheets provide families with the following:

  • An overview of what students will learn
  • The core texts students will read
  • The Essential Question and Focusing Questions guiding each unit of study
  • A list of books families can read together at home
  • Questions families can discuss with students at home
  • Ideas for what families can do together to explore the content at home

Examples of Parent Tip Sheets at each grade level can be found below.

Kindergarten Summer Reading
  • Geraldine, the Music Mouse, Leo Lionni  
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle  
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Bill Martin Jr.
  • The Listening Walk, Paul Showers  
  • Drum Dream Girl, Margarita Engle
  • Hello Ocean, Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Rain, Manya Stojic  
  • Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
  • Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Fur Family, Margaret Wise Brown
  • Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and the Senses, Christine San Jose  
1st Grade Summer Reading
  • Poppleton, Cynthia Rylant
  • Rain School, James Rumford
  • Library Lion, Michelle Knudsen
  • Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, Kay Winters
  • Thank You Mr. Falker, Patricia Polacco
  • Wild about Books, Judy Sierra
  • The Library, Sarah Stewart  
2nd Grade Summer Reading
  • The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer, Wendy Pfeffer
  • The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter, Wendy Pfeffer
  • Poppleton in Winter, Cynthia Rylant
  • Frog and Toad All Year, Arnold Lobel
  • Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days, Cynthia Rylant
  • Snow, Cynthia Rylant
  • Over and Under the Snow, Kate Messner  
3rd Grade Summer Reading
  • Extreme Oceans, Seymour Simon
  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean, Catherine Hughes
  • Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea, Steve Jenkins
  • A Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Claire A. Nivola
  • Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark, Ann McGovern
  • Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau, Jennifer Berne
  • Tentacles! Tales of the Giant Squid, Shirley Raye Raymond
  • Surprising Sharks: Read and Wonder, Nicola Davies
  • Sharks, Seymour Simon
  • Nationonal Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures, Laura Marsh
  • Giant Squid, Candace Fleming  
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Janet Halfmann
4th Grade Summer Reading
  • Clara and Davie, Patricia Polacco
  • Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield, Time for Kids
  • Who Was Clara Barton?, Stephanie Spinner
  • Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Circulatory System, Christine Taylor-Butler
5th Grade Summer Reading
  • Sacajawea, Joseph Bruchac
  • Trail of Tears, Joseph Bruchac
  • A History of US: The New Nation, Joy Hakim
  • How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark, Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears, Alex W. Bealer
  • Seaman’s Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark, Patricia Eubank
  • Zia, Scott O’Dell
  • Sing Down the Moon, Scott O’Dell
  • Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
  • The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
  • Salt: A Story of Friendship in Times of War, Helen Frost
6th Grade Summer Reading
  • Children of the Depression, Russell Freedman  
  • On the Blue Comet, Rosemary Wells
  • Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories, Richard Peck
  • Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
  • My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
  • Sounder, Williams H. Armstrong
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor
  • No Promises in the Wind, Irene Hunt