Language Arts “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
LANGUAGE ARTS Reading Phonics Spelling Grammar Writing
Reading Series: Reading Street Grade 1 Scott Foresman, Pearson Publishing Reading Book R.1 Phonics: Your child should be able to recognize and write all letters of the alphabet and reproduce their phonetic sounds. He/she should be able to isolate the sounds of consonants in the initial, medial and final positions in words. Bok R.1 will focus on the review of these consonants and their sounds. This review will be supplemented with our Modern Curriculum Press Phonics Book Level 1.
Reading Book R.1 will also focus on reviewing short vowels a, e, i, o, u. Practice making and reading "word families". Remember word families are rhyming words. Examples: - ad family ---bad, dad, had, lad, mad, pad, sad -at family--- bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat Try these word families: -ab, -and, -ap, -ag, -am, -eb, -ed, -en, -et, -in, -it, -ig, -im, -ip, -ob, -od, -op, -ot, -ub, -un, -ut
Reading: High Frequency Words will be introduced for each story. These words are extremely important to the reading process. Practice with your child daily on new words for each story. Review HF words from previous stories each week as well. Story elements will be introduced. These include character, setting, plot, sequence and differentiating between realism and fantasy. Print awareness will be developed by examining and identifying parts of a book: cover, title, author, illustrator. Research Skills touched upon will include table of contents, signs and symbols, symbols on a map and using a calendar.
Spelling: Spelling and Spelling tests will not be formally introduced until book 1.1. Grammar Grammarintroduced will include nouns, verbs, adjectives and simple declarative sentences. Reading Street uses a spiral review approach. This means that the above mentioned skills will be revisited multiple times throughout the series.
Writing Writing begins with the ability to properly print letters and numbers in manuscript form. These letters are then manipulated to write words and simple sentences. Simple sentences are then combined to tell a story. Initially stories will be written using beginning, middle, end. As the year progresses and student skills develop, the students will use the Four Square method to writ using first, next, then, last. Throughout the year the students will produce a variety of writing pieces: realistic fiction, expository text, poetry, lists, labeling, plays, descriptions, book reports, personal narrative, and more. Most writing assignments will be kept in school portfolio. At the end of the year it will be compiled and sent home as a keepsake writing portfolio.