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3rd Grade

Reading: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development 3.1
Students understand the basic features of words. They select letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language using phonics (an understanding of the different letters that make different sounds), syllables, word parts (un-, -ful), and context (the meaning of the text around a word). They apply this knowledge to achieve fluent (smooth and clear) oral and silent reading.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Nonfiction and Informational Text 3.2
Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. The selections in the Indiana Reading List illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 3, in addition to regular classroom reading, students read a variety of nonfiction, such as biographies, books in many subject areas, children’s magazines and periodicals, and reference and technical materials.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text 3.3
Students read and respond to a wide variety of significant works of children’s literature. The selections in the Indiana Reading List illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 3, students read a wide variety of fiction, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, folklore, mythology, poetry, songs, plays, and other genres.

Writing: Processes and Features 3.4
Students find and discuss ideas for writing and keep a list of writing ideas. Students write clear sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Students progress through the stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing multiple drafts.

Writing: Applications (Different Types of Writing and Their Characteristics) 3.5
At Grade 3, students continue to write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences. Students write both informal and formal letters. Student writing demonstrates a command of Standard English and the drafting, research, and organizational strategies outlined in Standard 4 – Writing Processes and Features. Writing demonstrates an awareness of the audience (intended reader) and purpose for writing.

Writing: English Language Conventions 3.6
Students write using Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Listening and Speaking: Skills, Strategies, and Applications 3.7
Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation (raising and lowering voice). Students deliver brief oral presentations about familiar experiences or interests that are organized around a coherent thesis statement (a statement of topic). Students use the same Standard English conventions for oral speech that they use in their writing.

4th Grade

Reading: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development 4.1
Students understand the basic features of words. They see letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics (an understanding of the different letters that make different sounds), syllables, word parts (un-, re-,-est,-ful), and context (the meaning of the text around a word). They apply this knowledge to achieve fluent (smooth and clear) oral and silent reading.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Nonfiction and Informational Text 4.2
Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. The selections in the www.doe.in.gov/standards/readinglist.html illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 4, in addition to regular classroom reading, students read a variety of nonfiction, such as biographies, books in many different subject areas, magazines and periodicals, reference and technical materials, and online information.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text 4.3
Students read and respond to a wide variety of significant works of children’s literature. The selections in the www.doe.in.gov/standards/readinglist.html illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 4, students read a wide variety of fiction, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, folklore, mythology, poetry, songs, plays, and other genres.

Writing: Processes and Features 4.4
Students write clear sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Students progress through the stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing multiple drafts.

Writing: Applications (Different Types of Writing and Their Characteristics) 4.5
At Grade 4, students are introduced to writing informational reports and responses to literature. Students continue to write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences. Student writing demonstrates a command of Standard English and the drafting, research, and organizational strategies outlined in Standard 4 – Writing Processes and Features. Writing demonstrates an awareness of the audience (intended reader) and purpose for writing.

Writing: English Language Conventions 4.6
Students write using Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Listening and Speaking: Skills, Strategies, and Applications 4.7
Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation (raising and lowering voice). Students deliver brief oral presentations about familiar experiences or interests that are organized around a coherent thesis statement (a statement of topic). Students use the same Standard English conventions for oral speech that they use in their writing.

5th Grade

Reading: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development 5.1
Students use their knowledge of word parts and word relationships, as well as context (the meaning of the text around a word), to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of grade-level-appropriate words.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Nonfiction and Informational Text 5.2
Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. The selections in the www.doe.in.gov/standards/readinglist.html illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 5, in addition to regular classroom reading, students read a variety of nonfiction, such as biographies, books in many different subject areas, magazines and periodicals, reference and technical materials, and online information.

Reading: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text 5.3
Students read and respond to grade-level-appropriate historically or culturally significant works of literature, such as the selections in the www.doe.in.gov/standards/readinglist.html, which illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 5, students read a wide variety of fiction, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, folklore, mythology, poetry, songs, plays, and other genres.

Writing: Processes and Features 5.4
Students discuss and keep a list of ideas for writing. They use graphic organizers. Students write clear, coherent, and focused essays. Students progress through the stages of the writing process and proofread, edit, and revise writing.

Writing: Applications (Different Types of Writing and Their Characteristics) 5.5
At Grade 5, students write narrative (story), expository (informational), persuasive, and descriptive texts. Student writing demonstrates a command of Standard English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Standard 4 – Writing Processes and Features. Writing demonstrates an awareness of the audience (intended reader) and purpose for writing. In addition to producing the different writing forms introduced in earlier grades, such as letters, Grade 5 students use the writing strategies outlined in Standard 4 – Writing Processes and Features.

Writing: English Language Conventions 5.6
Students write using Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Listening and Speaking: Skills, Strategies, and Applications 5.7
Students deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They evaluate the content of oral communication. Students deliver well-organized formal presentations using traditional speech strategies, including narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. Students use the same Standard English conventions for oral speech that they use in their writing.

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