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Students in grades 2-6 who have successfully learned to decode need more sophisticated reading skills to become proficient readers. These skills include vocabulary development, reading comprehension, fluency, oral language development, and written expression. Students also need ample opportunities to read both narrative and expository text.

Reading Wings teaches students comprehension strategies, such as summarization, clarification, graphic organizers, story structure, and prediction, so that students can become confident, strategic readers.

Curriculum Reading Wings lessons feature the following parts:

Listening Comprehension In Listening Comprehension, teachers use fiction or nonfiction text to model strategic reading and engage students in interactive dialogue about story elements, author’s craft, or expository text structure. The teacher reads the selection interactively with the students, asks higher-order thinking questions, and involves them in discussing the story structure of narrative and expository text, literary devices, genres, and making predictions.

Teamwork Students spend approximately 55 minutes participating in Reading Together. During this time, student activities are guided by Treasure Hunts that are created to support a variety of reading materials, from the second- through eighth-grade reading levels. Treasure Hunts focus on story-related activities, which begin with teacher-directed story motivation, vocabulary, and story introduction. Partner/team practice guides students through a sequence for reading and discussing the text. Teachers closely monitor student teams to model the use of comprehension strategies.

Adventures in Writing Adventures in Writing activities are linked to the texts that the students are reading. They are designed to extend students’ thinking about certain concepts or skills, provide instruction in different types of writing, and engage students in working through the writing process in a cooperative setting.

Two-Minute Edit Toward the end of each day’s lesson, students participate in Two-Minute Edit, a whole-group activity that focuses on a grammar or mechanics objective selected by the teacher from a sentence or short paragraph in their writing.

Book Club Book Club, which is done two or three times each week, is for students to share the books and stories they have enjoyed with their classmates. Book Club is an opportunity to reinforce and celebrate the reading that students complete each night at home.

Instructional Materials Reading Wings can be used with a variety of texts, either trade books or basal anthologies. Schools must possess or purchase a quarterly assessment tool such as the Success for All Foundation’s 4Sight (if available for your state) or the Gates McGinitie or Scholastic Reading Inventory. Materials for each basal series or trade book include:

Teacher’s Guide Student Materials to Support Basals or Trade Books Student Test Materials Reading Strategy Cue Cards Team and Teacher Folders (including Team Score Sheets and Record Forms)

Wings Resources

Student and Teacher Routines and Procedures

iCommunity Wings Page

To learn More about Wings and for sample Treasure Hunts, click here.

Wings Student Routines and Teacher Procedures, Grade 2

Wings Student Routines and Teacher Procedures, Grades 3-6

Wings Processing Book (schedule, quarterly assessment summary, NEW team score sheets)

Getting Along Together Participant Training Book

Graphic Organizers

Student Routines/Teacher Procedures

Wings Processing Book

Strategy Cards

Strategy Posters

Savvy Reader Clarification Video Guide (Grades 2-3)

Baby Whales Drink Milk TTH

Mack the Kid Detective Week 1 Test

Dear Benjamin Banneker TTH


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