Asheboro City Schools supports a balanced approach to literacy instruction throughout the elementary grades. In kindergarten through fifth grade, balanced literacy means teachers plan purposeful instruction around primary components, reading, writing, listening, speaking and word study/vocabulary. Small group strategy instruction is one component of the balanced approach to literacy. It allows teachers to instruct students on texts they can read and then move them forward in the manner and time best suited for each child. Another important component is exposing students to grade level appropriate text. Project-based learning is encouraged as teachers work collaboratively to integrate literacy with science, social studies and math.