Elementary Language Arts Curriculum
An effective elementary language arts curriculum will begin by providing a comprehensive phonics-based learning method for reading, and then progress toward building stronger vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing skills. By creating such a solid foundation in their early years, you will be preparing your students for middle school and beyond.
With so many elementary language arts programs available, it’s prudent to find one that is standards-based and offers different methods of teaching the subject. For instance, by combining video lessons, interactive activities, worksheets and online and offline projects, Time4Learning keeps your children inspired and engaged. That’s certainly important for younger kids who are sometimes easily distracted.
The following information will provide a grade-by-grade summary of Time4Learning’s online language arts programs for elementary students. It will also give you a better sense of why so many parents depend on our language arts curriculum.
Teaching Language Arts in 1st Grade
The 1st grade language arts lessons start building your child’s foundation in reading by teaching letter sounds and what the letter symbols represent. They’ll also be introduced to a sequence of pre-reading, reading, and comprehension activities that include discovery learning and direct teaching. By combining these teaching methods, your children will start acquiring stronger fluency and reading skills.
As your children progress through the 35 chapters available in our first grade elementary language arts program, they will enjoy activities such as matching pictures with sentences, using a calendar as a tool to identify months, days, and dates, and start the process of learning noun forms and verb tenses. Other lessons include:
- Recognizing that objects can be counted and represented by numerals.
- Using tally charts and picture graphs to represent 0-10.
- Using positional words to describe locations.
- Investigating the features of a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle, and identifying their presence in contextual settings.
- Gaining a better understanding of the word “ingredients” and the multiple meanings of “change.”
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Teaching Language Arts in 2nd Grade
Second grade language arts explores more difficult concepts in an entertaining manner. Your children will enjoy learning about character, setting and plot, vowel digraphs, elements of grammar and start the process of reading entertaining and informative stories that emphasize vocabulary and thematic content.
When teaching language arts in elementary school, it’s essential that you have an abundance of activities at your disposal. Time4Learning offers 210 second grade activities that will keep your students engaged, and allow you to customize your program to fit your child’s educational needs. Additional lessons focus on teaching:
- Consonant digraphs, consonant clusters, silent consonants and double consonants.
- Commas, question marks, periods and other elements of grammar.
- Suffixes and the prefixes.
- Homophones, homonyms and synonyms.
- Phonetic skills using a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application.
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Teaching Language Arts in 3rd Grade
In 3rd grade, students will begin the rigorous process of using the reading comprehension process skills of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying with extensive scaffolding and support, through “think aloud” prompts. There will also be a heavy focus on vocabulary, writing and grammar skills.
With 280 activities available, Time4Learning makes this process an inviting and well-rounded experience for your students. They’ll discover new story adventures and expand their vocabulary along the way. It’s an exciting time for your child and the varied teaching techniques our elementary language arts curriculum provides, makes it fun. Lessons in 3rd grade include:
- Determining the meaning of synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, homophones and idioms.
- Using knowledge, information, and ideas from texts to make inferences about the text.
- Learning thematic content through discovery, and achieving comprehension by reading literature with emphasis on vocabulary.
- Practicing language arts skills by using a series of learning activities focused on discovery, recognition, and application.
- Introducing students to variations in language, specifically how common phrases like “spilled the beans” can have nonliteral meanings.
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Teaching Language Arts in 4th Grade
One of the advantages that the best elementary language arts curriculum share is the ability to reach students with various learning styles. By combining videos, online interactive lessons, worksheets, teacher interaction and more, your 4th grade child can choose the methods that best suit their learning needs.
That comes in handy, especially when learning about the more advanced 4th grade topics such as speaking more effectively using pace, enunciation, and correct pronunciation, as well as listening actively and critically to enhance understanding. Additional topics will include:
- Reading, interpreting, and making predictions using charts, graphs, diagrams, maps or other graphic representations.
- Distinguishing between fact and opinion in an expository text.
- Understanding the similarities and differences between firsthand accounts and secondhand accounts of an event.
- Demonstrating the ability to recognize and avoid double negatives.
- Developing diverse vocabulary when speaking.
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Teaching Language Arts in 5th Grade
Now that your students are approaching middle school, 5th grade will be especially important. It’s the year that they should be fortifying their strong foundation through review, while expanding their knowledge of grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and more.
For example, Time4Learning will reinforce your children’s vocabulary skills as they also learn more about the meaning of unknown words based on the understanding of Latin and Greek roots. That’s the type of preparation your child needs as they make the jump from elementary to middle school. Additional preparatory lessons include:
- Identifying plot by using story elements including the main problem and solution.
- Understanding the basic steps one must take when organizing notes from two sources.
- Exploring content through discovery and developing vocabulary through the use of a literature-based glossary.
- Retelling the main points to demonstrate interpretation of challenging texts.
- Using text organizers, such as type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information in informational texts.
- Writing a research report and citing reference sources.
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Why Choose Time4Learning’s Elementary Language Arts Curriculum?
Students rise to the challenge of reading fluently, writing proficiently, and building vocabulary and comprehension when their lessons are engaging and fun. Interactive lessons and assessments guide elementary learners from phonemic awareness (reading readiness) all the way to fluency, while also developing skills in sight reading, grammar, the writing process, and reading for understanding.
Time4Learning’s elementary language arts curriculum uses a blend of interactive lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, tests and online/offline projects to cover the following strands of instruction in grades PreK through 5th grade: phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension.
The animated lessons are geared to entertain and instruct your child as they progress through their learning experience. Additional benefits of our elementary language arts curriculum include:
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