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In order to support everyone with common understandings and expectations, the following resources will be added in the future:

  • Videos of students reading and talking about text at each grade level standard K-5 (Fall, Winter and Spring)
  • Narrative, Opinion and Information Writing samples of “at grade level” writing K-5 (Fall, Winter and Spring)
  • Videos of students engaged in conversations about their learning (listening and speaking to their classmates) K-5
  • Work samples of expected performance K-5 in various subject areas
  • And more….

If you have other items that would be supportive, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Writing Expectations by Level

As we continue to improve our writing instruction and assessment, we will add more resources below. Currently, our kindergarten, first and second grade teachers are using resources from a regional P-3 Literacy Alignment project.  Below you will find examples of writing that teachers will expect in the first nine weeks of school (Fall), the end of the first semester (Winter) and end of the year (Spring).

In grades 3-5 writers develop their skills in different ways.  Intermediate teachers use end of the year samples to determine if the students are developing toward the end of the year proficiency.  The link below will guide you to examples of what end of the year  writing expectations are for third, fourth and fifth grade.

What can I do to help my child grow as a writer?

The International Reading Association provides many ideas for how to help your child:

  • act out a story
  • talk about their ideas
  • practice writing

National Writing Project Idea for Helping Writers

The National Writing Project developed a hands-on book for preschoolers provides parents and caregivers with a resource in English and Spanish that engages young children in reading and writing to support their early literacy development.


Reading Expectations by Level

Starting in Kindergarten students are assessed three times per year to determine their reading ability. We know that students are always learning to read and reading to learn and knowing their reading level helps us make sure what they are reading is a “good fit.”  Every year students learn to talk and write about what they read and the texts they read become more complex.

Way to Help Your Child With Reading

Ideas for how to support your child can be found at the following links:

Bellingham Public Library


Does your child struggle to find good books?

Click on Scholastic Book Wizard. Search for books by reading level or books that are like a book your child does like. If your child always chooses books that are too challenging, search with Book Wizard to find books that are similar, but written at a lower or higher level. Happy Reading!