Language Arts


FCPS elementary students are provided rich experiences in literature and composition to expand language experiences. They also develop the oral and written language skills to become lifelong learners, with instruction that includes spelling, word study, grammar and usage.


Students are encouraged to repeat sounds, make words, expand vocabulary, follow directions, enjoy stories and learn new information. 


Through speaking, learners share their ideas and ask for information. Strong verbal expression skills support fluent reading and effective writing.


Students receive:

  • Explicit phonics instruction to sound out decodable words.
  • Word recognition to read words that occur often in text and develop sight vocabulary
  • Reading fluency, meaning the ability to read words smoothly and readily comprehend their meaning
  • Vocabulary skills, including use of dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries to assist with understanding unfamiliar words
  • Comprehension  skills and strategies to help students to make meaning of what they hear and read. 


The highest level of language development, writing requires children to communicate ideas effectively by combining their listening, speaking and reading skills.

Learn more about our program by exploring the FCPS Essential Curriculum & Parent Resources.



Jennifer Ralston
Curriculum Specialist

(301) 644-5328

Lisa Halvis
Teacher Specialist

(240) 236-1521

Carolyn Korb
Administrative Secretary

(301) 644-5328
Fax:  301-644-5241