Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to Fifth Grade! One of the most important components of the Fifth Grade reading program is independent reading, or Self-Selected Reading (also known as SSR). Research states “that no single literacy activity has a more positive effect on students’ comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability, and overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading.”  I would like to take this opportunity to go over the Fifth Grade expectations about this program with parents and students, so that everyone knows what is expected for the 2015-16 school year:


Ultimate Goal: To read a variety of texts including the following genres - realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy and autobiographies/biographies, and nonfiction. Instead of a set number of books that students are required to read, students will set an individual goal based on their reading level and interest.



Students will ….

  • keep and maintain a Reading Notebook - this is an essential part of our reading program and they will bring it to class every day. Students will set bi-weekly goals and documenting reading in class each day. This notebook will be important as we conference with parents about reading progress this year!
  • read books at their independent reading level (as determined by their STAR Assessment at the beginning of each 9 weeks).
  • Be encouraged to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction.



Students will….

  • have at least 20 minutes of reading time in class each day (100 min/week)
  • be expected to read at AR books at home for a MINIMUM of 20 minutes each night (5 out of 7 days a week)
  • have bi-weekly conferences with teacher to discuss goals and their book
  • appropriately respond as they are reading (formats will differ depending on the grading period and the student's reading level and ability)



Students will….

  • take an AR test on their book and score 70% or above (NOTE: If students make lower than a 70% on their AR Test, the student and I will have a conference to determine what needs to be done - whether the book was too difficult for the student, if they need to re-read the book or abandon the book)
  • If book does not have an AR Test, students will write a summary of their book.



Every 100 pages = 1 book (300 pages = 3 books, 400 pages = 4 books, etc.)

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