Elementary ELA

K - 5th ELA Program Overview 
Curriculum Includes:

  • Reading     
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing        

K - 2nd ELA

Rooted in Reading
Research and Information

UFLI Foundations

UFLI Foundations program targets the following foundational reading skills: 

  • Phoneme blending and segmentation practice 
  • Accuracy and automaticity of grapheme-phoneme correspondences 
  • Decoding automaticity of words with previously learned concepts
  • Explicit introduction of new concepts
  • Decoding and encoding practice    
  • Reading and spelling irregular words    
  • Reading and spelling connected text    

Secret Stories

Secret Stories provides the logical explanations for letter sound behavior that the brain craves. These logical explanations are shared in the form of “secret” stories, which are the secret reasons WHY letters make the sounds that they do when they get together in words.

Compatible with all methodologies and curricula, Secret Stories supports the inclusion of phonics into literacy programs for students at all levels.

3-5 ELA
3rd - 5th Sadlier Grammar Workshop: Tools for Writing / Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop

Grammar for Writing activities engage students in practice and application of the lesson’s grammar skills in the context of reading and writing.

The Writing Process Handbook within the workbook, walks students through the writing process and integrates conventions of standard English.

Vocabulary Workshop program explicitly teaches vocabulary through students' active participation and collaboration to learn word meanings, share ideas, and engage with words in writing and speaking activities. 

3rd - 5th Novel Studies

At Hebrew Day School, we believe reading is an integral part of education as it allows children to develop vital skills they can use throughout their lives. By reading stories, readers can interact with the characters and better understand the story and its moral values. Reading materials can also help with spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary building – all areas necessary for effective communication. Most importantly, reading increases knowledge and imagination; exploring new ideas can help young minds grow in new ways. Furthermore, children can apply critical thinking to analyze prose or literature when reading. In short, reading builds language proficiency and provides numerous personal benefits that will help children excel in school and beyond. Novel choice varies by grade level based on teacher preference and general appropriateness for each class year to year.

  • Third Grade: Three novels per school year, one each trimester    
  • Fourth Grade: Three novels per year, one each trimester     
  • Fifth Grade: Four novels per year, one each trimester