Success is spelled R-E-A-D!

Be sure to read 20 minutes each night to improve your reading skills.

  I am excited to be working with your student in the Harcourt reading series. It has a rich variety of literature stories and skills instruction that help students master the state standards for 5th grade and differentiate instruction.  The literacy block combines the use of guided reading strategies, leveled readers, and elements of The Daily 5, such as Listen to Reading, Read to Someone, Read to Self and the use of Response to Reading. The McGraw-Hill series is also used to enrich the reading curriculum. This year we are also focusing on text-tagging and close reading as a way to build our responses to essay and comprehension questions in daily work as well as on NeSA-R.


 Content Standards – 5th Grade


LA 5.1 - Students will learn to apply reading skills and strategies to comprehend text.

LA 5.2 - Students will learn and apply writing skills and strategies to communicate.

LA 5.3 - Students will learn to apply speaking and listening skills and strategies to communicate.

LA 5.4 - Students will identify, locate, and evaluate information .


 Your child may want to checkout a few of these fabulous Golden Sower books from our library to read.

The War that Saved My Life
  by Kimberly Bradley
Life on Mars
by Jennifer Brown
Stella by Starlight
  by Sharon Draper
Absolutely Almost
 by Lisa Graff
The Fourteen Goldfish
  by Jennifer Holm
Fish in a Tree
  by Lynda Hunt
by Kirby Larson
  by Jude Watson
  by Lou Anders
El Deafo
  by Cece Bell


Mrs. Rachael Baxa
Room 207
(402) 557-3720


Harcourt series basal text and guided reading texts

McGraw-Hill basal text and leveled readers

Reading A-Z leveled readers

Rigby leveled readers