We will be using the latest research based phonics programs to assist students in becoming better readers and writers through a wide range of engaging literacy experiences.
Each lesson isolates a specific skill, such as letter sounds or groups of words. In First Grade there are many "categories" of phonics and word building. Students will have interactive lessons in the following:
Early Literacy Concepts - recognizing names and words in print
Phonological Awareness - rhymes, beginning and ending sounds
Letter Knowledge - forming letters, recognizing letters in words, consonants, vowels
Letter/Sound Relationships - letter sounds, short & long vowel sounds, digraphs, blends
Spelling Patterns - short vowel patterns, word sorts, features of words, building words
High Frequency Words - Word Wall strategies
Word Structure - syllables, plurals, endings, contractions
Word Solving Actions - making words, discovering new words, making connections
Each student will be assessed during the first several weeks of school in order to determine his/her current reading level and abilities. Each student will have a tailored reading program based on his or her personal needs. Research shows that students who are taught to read based on specific needs, opposed to what is considered their "grade level ability," become more confident readers!
Students will take part in Literacy Centers four days a week. Each center activity will focus on a skill from phonics, word study, reading, writing, or listening. Students work in heterogeneous groups at each 20 minute activity.
Each day students will take part in an interactive mini-lesson in which a skill or technique is introduced. After the mini-lesson, students will be given uninterrupted time to work on writing that was started during a previous class, or writing using the skill taught during the mini-lesson.
The Everyday Math program teaches math skills and applications utilizing a spiral technique in which students will use newly acquired skills again and again throughout the school year. This method is much more effective in retention of information than the traditional method of teaching a skill, then moving on to another skill, never to revisit previously learned material.
*Builds on skills learned in previous lessons
*Has a Home-link that is sent home each afternoon covering the daily lesson.
*Provides answers for each Home link, which are found in the unit Family Letter.
*Lets each student use their own "Tool Kit" in order to have materials for each lesson