Reading Street Program

We use the literacy program Reading Street in grades K-5.

Our students are learning to listen and learning to read with understanding to become independent people.

Reading lessons focus on phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, sight word fluency, and comprehension.

Phonemic awareness is when students hear if sounds are the same or different, rhyming, and learning that each letter represents sounds we say.

Concepts of print is when students are able to turn pages, follow along as someone reads left to right, holds the book so the pictures are right side up, and can talk about pictures and diagrams to tell a story.

Phonics is when students match sounds to letters, identify the sounds each letter or letter combination has, reads words using their letter/sound knowledge and uses letter/sound knowledge when spelling words in their writing.

Sight word fluency is when students are able to read words that are frequently seen in text (books, online reading, signs, recipes, posters, trading cards, songs), and can quickly say a word that is difficult to sound out. Some examples of these words are: of, once, the, why, said.

Comprehension can be grouped by category: listening, literal, inferential, figurative, or expository. Listening comprehension involves hearing the story or text being read then remembering details or being able to answer questions from listening. Literal comprehension involves "right there" understanding. Students can find details in a story or text to answer questions or complete a task. Inferential comprehension involves making connections between background knowledge, context or situations, and the words or pictures in the story. Figurative comprehension involves knowing multiple meanings and the culture or dialect contributes to the meaning. Expository is sometimes called technical reading. This is the reading of manuals, directions, or lists to figure out how to complete a task or to gain knowledge in a content specific subject such as chemistry.