ELA

Check out what we’ll be learning this year in Reading: First Grade Reading

Reading-

At Home Practice-Students should be reading every night! After they read they should talk about their book just like we do at school.

* This quarter we are working on asking and answering questions about a text. This includes questions about the characters, setting, plot , problem, solution, central message or lesson.

* While reading, students should make connections to other books and their own life. 

Here are some graphic organizers you can print and use with Fiction books:
5 W’s AuthorsPurpose BME movie Venn Read Relate Respond story map Connections Comparing Two Books Sequence Frames sequence circle Character Study Graphic Organizers story snapshot

Looking for new books to read online? Check out this list of 11 Free Reading Sites for Kids

Students should be using reading strategies to solve unknown words in their books. Use these resources to see what we practice in class. Reading Strategies Posters and Bookmarks


Phonics-
So often we tell young readers “sound out it” when they get stuck on a word, but sounding it out doesn’t always get us the correct word! This is where phonics comes in and plays a huge part in your child’s reading ability. Learning phonics patterns will help reader’s solve words that can’t be sounded out.

Check out these helpful phonics resources:

SoundChartsPhonicsResource

http://www.carlscorner.us.com/WordWay.htm Great resources towards the end of the page!
FollowThePath- Students love this game! Print and write the weekly words on it. When you land on a word you have to read it, spell it, use it in a sentence (however you want to play!) Can also be adapted for other subjects like math facts etc.
http://www.themeasuredmom.com/print-2/– hundreds of free games for extra practice.


Grammar- Students should be using proper conventions more and more in their writing. Take a look at the common core language standards to see what is expected from your first grader by the end of the year.  First Grade ELA CC Standards


Writing- 
I am excited to watch your child grow as a writer this year through a new writing program we are using called Being a Writer. The Being a Writer program offers student-centered, deeply interactive instruction that incorporates the Common Core vision of students who are confident writers and critical thinkers, able to convey knowledge, share experiences, make and defend claims, and adapt the form and content of their writing for varied tasks and purposes.

Your child has a writing journal in our classroom that the write in everyday. Sometimes it’s from a prompt that I give them, or it’s their own “free write” topics. Students are encouraged to go back to their previously written work and add more details to their writing and illustrations. They should reread their writing to make sure it makes sense and that the picture matches the words.

You can help at home by creating a writing journal for your child. Rotate between giving them topics to write about and letting them pick what to write about. Encouraging your child to use capital letters, and correct punctuation in their writing. They should always spell sight words and spelling words correctly. For unknown words they should be stretching out the word and writing the sounds that they hear. Check out the language standards above to see what else your child should be working on in their writing!