Curriculum Corner

 Mrs. Xanthopoulos and Ms. Motto, Savanna Ridge Elementary Instructional Coaches, would like to welcome you to the Curriculum Corner page of our website!  We hope you find interesting information on here to help your child with their learning!  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.       Eileen Xanthopolous, Math Instructional Coach                      Rene Motto, Reading Instructional Coach
 100 Book Challenge
We have begun our 100 book challenge at Savanna Ridge Elementary School.  Our students participate in 100 book challenge reading when they arrive at school as well as reading at home.  Each 15 minutes logged, students earn one step. We have incentive boards throughout our school to support and encourage students’ reading.  Once students have earned step 50, they receive badge to place on the grade level 100 Book Challenge board. We are very excited to monitor students’ progress as they achieve their badges.   Our reading initiative will continue through the end of the school year.  Students will develop a love for reading as they are inspired to read to learn information on topics of their choice.
How to help your child find the right book
Students have taken the i-ready Fall diagnostic for ELA.  Ask your child’s teacher for an accurate lexile measure based on this assessment to make sure he or she is reading a just right book. An informal way to make sure a book is a just right fit is the Goldilocks rule.  Have students read a random page in the book. If they complete the page with no mistakes, the book may be too easy, more than 5 mistakes, too hard and if they make 2-5 mistakes, the book should be “just right.”
An excellent resource for students in grades K-12 is  Go to their homepage and click on the following link: Don’t know your Lexile measure?  For Step 1: Choose your grade level and click Submit.  For Step 2: Select one or more Categories that interest you and click Submit.  It will then let you know the Lexile range your child should be reading in.  For example: 390L to 690L would be the average range for a 2nd grader.  It will also give you a list of book titles that are in that range for you to choose from.  You can take that list to your local library or book store to find those books for your child to read.


Below you will find helpful tips for Parents to use for Literacy Learning at Home!

  1. Model good reading habits by reading to or alongside your child, parents set the stage for children to become better readers.
  2. Encourage your child to read new and challenging books, articles and magazines.
  3. Establish a daily reading routine.
  4. Encourage reading, writing and discussions among family members.
  5. Be positive when talking with your child about their reading ability and skills.
  6. The love of reading begins at home. Create a “home library” for your family to access.
  7. Limit TV viewing by controlling the amount of time spent watching television.
  8. Play word games with your child.
  9. Expose children to different kinds of books, including novels, biographies and informational texts on interesting subjects.
  10. Visit your local public library and help your child get a library card of their very own.
  11. Take books in the car to read, rather than watching a DVD.
  12. Download free books at
  13. Create a “reading nook” in your home where your child can read.
  14. Comment on new words your child hears on the radio or TV.
  15. Play rhyming games during a car trip.
  16. Select a “word of the day” to add to your child’s growing vocabulary.
  17. Write out opposite words on pieces of paper and have your child match them together.
  18. Make up a story by having each family member add a sentence.
  19. Make additional reading time and/or an extra bedtime story a reward for good behavior.
  20. Encourage your child to write a book about his or her day.
  21. Help your child read the labels on different bottles and containers, including the shampoo and conditioner bottles at bath time.
  22. Play the “I Spy” game, looking for uppercase and lowercase letters.
  23. While playing outside, encourage your child to create their name out of sticks, stones and other materials.
  24. Help you child label artwork with his or her name and age.
  25. Before a family dinner, encourage your child to create place settings with first and last names.
  26. Clifford The Big Read Dog says “Read Every Day, Lead a Better Life.”


Last Modified: September 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm