Literacy for 3rd / 4th Pod
Welcome to our 3rd & 4th grade literacy class for this exciting new school year!
I'm Mrs. Wilkie, and I have been teaching at James Ward for 14 years. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades during my time here, and I especially love teaching literacy! I have my Masters in Education from National Louis University, and am a certified Reading Specialist.
I love that students can dive into a text using various reading strategies, and connect with the characters and events. Our diverse library gives our students the opportunity to see themselves in these stories and to be able to grow as readers and individuals. Our reading class incorporates independent reading along with classroom novel studies. As independent readers, we focus on students reading at their reading (lexile) levels. With our novel studies, we focus on reading skills and strategies that will enhance the reading of novels, and the students begin to use those skills while they read independently.