Language & Math
Wikwemikong Junior School has implemented Daily 5 Language Arts program and Math program. The Wikwemikong Board of Education has approved the Daily 5 and its Math programs as a conduit to deliver the curriculum, as the methodology truly empowers students to be active participants in their learning process. Below, you will find a brief description:
Daily 5- Language Arts Program
The Daily 5 program is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence. The Daily 5 program is a combination of five different tasks throughout the almost two-hour literacy block. Students “rotate” through each one of the 5 different components of the Daily 5 program.
The 5 components are:
Read to Self: is the best way to become a better reader by practicing every day. Children can choose books that interest them at their appropriate reading level. During the training stages, children are taught how to select books at their correct reading level. Students self-select a book and read quietly for a set amount of time.
Read to Someone: allows for more time to practice reading strategies. This essential task helps students work on fluency, expression, to check for understanding, to hear their own voice, and to share with their partner. Students sit together as partners and read to one another.
Work on Writing: works the same way as reading, the only way students can be better writers is to write each day.
Listen to Reading: is a task that allows students to listen to examples of good literature and fluent reading. This task allows students to expand their vocabulary and become better readers. Students can do this on ipads /laptops or on traditional listening centers in the classroom.
Word Work: This task allows for consistent practice in spelling which aids in fluent writing and the ability to quickly write thoughts down on paper.
Students rotate between these tasks, but what the most important factor of this system is the choice that students have. Students will have the ability to select which task they wish to start with and which one he/she goes to next. Each essential task within the Daily 5 program is a foundational element in literacy through the K-3 grade levels at the Wikwemikong Junior School. While the students are rotating, the teacher(s) provide one-to-one/group guided reading, conferencing and assessment for children who are experiencing difficulty.
The delivery of the Daily 5 program allows for a change to the atmosphere in the classroom and the role for teachers. The program is supported by the First Nations Student Success Program (FNSSP) and delivered by each individual Classroom Teacher.
Our goal over the year is to use higher level thinking questions to guide our instruction and challenge our students. Every student is engaged in meaningful and purposeful mathematical tasks. We are proud that our students receive Teacher-Directed Math Instruction and are then given independent practice time (choices- rotations) to work on Math concepts independently. During the time that self-directed rotations are happening, the classroom teacher provides focused instruction to individual and small groups.
Teacher Directed Math Instruction-Focused instruction to small groups- The teacher provides the students direct, explicit instruction on the Math standards. At this time students will use a variety of tools and strategies to gain a strong conceptual understanding of abstract mathematical concepts.
Examples of tools include: manipulatives such as cubes, pattern blocks, number lines, and five- and ten-frames.
Examples of strategies include using: manipulatives (objects & tools); tally marks; a ten frame; mental math; a number line; drawing pictures and diagrams; write a number sentence; make a chart, table, or graph; and counting on.
Teachers may also choose to individual conferring or assessing during this time.
The Wikwemikong Board of Education recognizes the long-term benefits of the integrating Math to support independent learning, integration into language arts, and opportunities for choice. The Wikwemikong Math structure supports all levels of learning (differentiated learning) while fostering independence. Finally, this structure also allows for more one-on-one support in the classroom while providing students with the opportunity to learn through hands-on and cooperative learning.