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CKLA Is Online for Free From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade and several units from grades 4–5 are fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…

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CKLA 4–5

As with preschool through grade 3, units in grades 4 and 5 are domain based, covering a rich array of history, science, and literature. See P–5 sequence of domains for a complete list of  grade 4 and 5 domains, designed to both deepen and broaden students’ knowledge. The Grade 4- 5 CKLA lessons require 90 minutes of daily instruction. The domain-based content is organized in units (8 units in grade 4 and 9 units in grade 5), which range from 10–26 days of instruction.

Unlike the K–3 CKLA materials, grades 4 and 5 do not have two separate strands of instruction for Skills and Listening and Learning. With the strong foundation of reading skills and knowledge acquired in the K-3 CKLA program, students in grades 4 and 5 are increasingly able to tackle complex written text with rich academic content. Lessons vary day to day, but each unit includes read-alouds; whole-group, small-group, and partner reading; close reading; literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension questions; vocabulary; grammar; writing; morphology and spelling (10–15 words per week); and unit assessments.

As compared with earlier grades, one of the biggest shifts comes in the writing instruction. While grade 3 emphasizes five steps in the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing), in grade 4 the writing process expands to seven components (planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating, revising, and editing, and the optional component of publishing). More importantly, in grades 4 and 5 the writing process is no longer conceptualized as a series of scaffolded, linear steps that students follow. Rather, students move back and forth between components of the writing process in a flexible manner, similar to the process mature and experienced writers follow.