Literacy instruction at OCRS
OCRS uses the Reading Workshop model in grades K-5 for reading instruction. The Reading Workshop model provides a framework for reading instruction in which students can learn about specific reading strategies, be given time to practice the strategies with teacher guidance, and then gradually be able to use the strategies independently.
OCRS classrooms use word study as a time to teach rules of phonics so that students can read and spell a variety of increasingly difficult words within each grade.
Grades K-3 classrooms use the Fundations program. With this program, students are engaged in a systematic, multisensory approach to learning phonics and spelling rules.
Grades 4 & 5 classrooms use the Word Wisdom vocabulary program. This program teaches students new words. They learn how to unlock words in context. Students practice and apply word knowledge with various listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. They demonstrate progress with weekly assessments.
OCRS teachers use the writing workshop model for writing instruction. The writing in each classroom focuses on various types (genres) of writing. K-5 teachers use writing units of study to enhance this work.