Wit & Wisdom

South Sioux City Community School District has adopted Wit & Wisdom as our ELA Curriculum.

Wit & Wisdom is a K–5 English curriculum developed by teachers, for teachers in collaboration with the nonprofit Great Minds.

Wit & Wisdom teachers and students experience the joy of reading, writing, and speaking about excellent texts while meeting the rigor of the standards. With four modules at each grade level, students build content knowledge by delving deeply into significant, high-interest topics in the liberal arts and sciences.

Wit & Wisdom’s learning design is based on the premise that texts lead and standards follow. Instead of addressing standards in isolation, Wit & Wisdom lessons integrate standards from multiple Common Core State Standards strands based on the demands of the text.

Schools implementing the Wit & Wisdom curriculum report numerous positive student outcomes, suggesting potential for powerful impact.

  • Strong classroom discourse.
  • Heightened use of evidence.
  • Growth in student knowledge.
  • High levels of student engagement.
  • Growth in reading performance by all students, including students with IEPs.

In addition, many Wit & Wisdom schools see increased reading performance as measured by standardized tests.

To learn more, please take a few minutes to view this Background Informational Document from Wit & Wisdom. 


Parent Tip Sheets for Wit & Wisdom

These tip sheets explain the books the students will read at each grade level, what articles they will read and what videos the students might watch.  These tip sheets also explain what questions will be asked at school and some questions you can ask at home.  Within these tip sheets you will also find a list of books students will read in class along with a list of books for students to read at home.

Kindergarten

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

First Grade

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

Second Grade

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

Kindergarten Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4

First Grade Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4

Second Grade Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4

Third Grade

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

Fourth Grade

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

Fifth Grade

MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4

Third Grade Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4

Fourth Grade Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4

Fifth Grade Español

MODULO 1
MODULO 2
MODULO 3
MODULO 4


With Wit & Wisdom, every text a student touches is authentic and of the highest quality. Students use these texts at every turn — to learn, and eventually master, essential reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary.