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ELA Components (K-5)

The curriculum resource is interdisciplinary, meaning it integrates science and social studies content as well. 

Interactive Read Aloud (10 minutes): teacher reads aloud a (usually) higher level text; the purpose is to instill a love of reading in students and to model how good readers use metacognitive strategies 

Reading mini lessons (about 15 minutes each): Teachers use short reads and extended reads of complex text to model a strategy or skill based on the Common Core Standards/unit objectives. Teachers “think aloud,” providing students the opportunity to “see” into the mind of a good reader. Students then practice the skill or strategy “we do” together with a partner/group/the teacher’s help, followed by a chance to independently apply the skill/strategy.

Teacher models annotating a text as a way to record his/her thinking and processes.  Students are able to annotate in their consumable texts as well. 

Small group/guided reading:  Students are grouped purposefully and work with the teacher using a leveled text. Objectives of guided reading lessons are chosen based on students’ needs. 

**Word Study: Integrated throughout ELA instruction; includes explicit vocabulary and phonics instruction 

**Daily 3/Independent Practice/Centers: 
Students read to self, work on writing, read to someone/fluency work; these activities are connected to overarching goals and objectives and give students the chance to apply what they’ve learned.


 - MyOn, Benchmark Universe (K-2 Kids A-Z)

**Writing: Students write to sources; genres of writing include opinion, informative, and narrative 



Includes mini lessons based on Common Core writing standards and students’ needs 


**Teachers integrate supports for English Learners throughout the ELA block

The unit topic/themes used in Benchmark are common K-5 and can be seen below:


Unit 1 

Government and Citizenship

Example: In kindergarten, the essential question is “why do we have rules” whereas grade 5’s is “why do laws continue to evolve?”




Life Science

Point of view 


Technology and society




History and Culture

Earth Science 



Physical science