This teacher is exhausted! Work week has been great but tiring. I am so excited for the kiddos to come to our Meet and Greet on Monday. Before the year kicks off, I wanted to share with you about our new literacy curriculum, Reach for Reading by National Geographic. We are piloting this program k-2 and I am so excited! I have had a little bit of training and have gotten pretty familiar with Units 1 and 2 so far.
I wanted to share with you the top 3 things I love so far and then also give you some resources that I have made to compliment the curriculum :0)
- The amazing BOOKS! The first thing I thought when my admin told me about this program was the beautiful photography National Geographic is known for and they live up to their name with the beautiful books! Their non-fiction texts have many great text features that are so hard to find in beginning readers and the pictures are amazing. The fiction books are also from a lot of great authors and books I love reading to my class. The curriculum comes with big books, read-alouds, lap chant books, leveled readers and sight word books. It was like Christmas morning opening all of the boxes :0)
- The integration of Social Studies and Science! Each of the nine units is completely integrated with a Science or Social Studies theme that hits all the standards. I love teaching thematically and this type of curriculum really lends it’s self well to my style.
- The interactive themed bulletin boards! I think I might be most excited for this aspect of the curriculum. All throughout the unit, you have a interactive bulletin board that you add to daily. Whether it’s brainstorming webs, vocabulary cards or a picture library; there is also something new to add that takes the students to a higher level of thinking. Which this teacher loves!!
There are A LOT of vocabulary words with this curriculum. I love that, but I was disappointed when I realized there were no materials to help display them. So I made these vocab cards! They provide a picture with each word for units 1-9. Head on over to the Literacy and Theme page to download. Look for the Reach for Reading section.
I also wanted to jazz up the “School Days Journal” which is the first project for Unit One. I have cute little pages for the kiddos to fill in the blank and draw a picture. There is also a cover and a cute handprint page :0)
I hope these resources help and I would love to hear if any of you are using Reach for Reading!