READING / WRITING
READING / PHONICS
During whole-group reading we share stories together and strengthen both our vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Skills we work on in whole-group are carried into our small-group reading time. During this time, small groups that are reading at the same level are pulled together for targeted instruction. We will explore a variety of genres throughout the year.
We use Fundations for our phonics learning. We will explore a variety of letter sound patterns, trick words, and practice sentence structure.
While I meet with small groups, students will participate in the Daily 5. The Daily 5 activities include Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. Students choose what Daily 5 activities they wish to participate in that day. By putting literacy learning into students' hands they receive a richer and more engaging learning experience.
Reading each night is an essential part of first grade! Books at your child's reading level will come home in the blue Reading Folder throughout the week. Make sure your child practices and returns these books, as we use them more than once in reading group. (Please empty the blue folder on Fridays!) Question your child about what they are reading to help check for understanding.
Through writing workshop students will explore a variety of writing, beginning with personal narratives. The Lucy Calkins writing program will help us to zoom in on small moments in time allowing students to write with clarity. Students must see themselves as writers in order to become better writers!