ELA is broken down into reading, writing, and word-work.
We will practice our reading skills during our daily literacy rotations. This looks very closely like the "Daily 5," which is popular in many classrooms. This will include:
- independent reading of texts at your child's instructional level
- buddy reading with a classmate
- listening to books through the use of Ipads
- Guided Reading in a small group with teacher-directed instruction
We focus on different skills such as:
- Decoding (using strategies to figure out unknown words)
- Reading with fluency and expression
- Comprehension (understanding of the text).
- Fiction Comprehension: retell the story; identify the central message or theme; describe the characters, setting, or events; identify the narrator; infer the character's feelings; make connections between the text and your own life or other texts.
- Non-fiction Comprehension: identify the main topic and retell key details; share connections; understand features of the texts (headings, glossary, table of context); compare and contrast two non-fiction texts on the same topic, understand the author's purpose for writing the text.
We will focus on three main writing units this year:
- opinion / persuasive writing
- non-fiction writing
- personal narrative
We will focus on the mechanics of writing, as well as the craft of writing.
Examples of mechanics:
- capitals to begin sentences, for proper nouns, and the use of "I"
- periods, exclamation points, and question marks to end sentences
- use of quotation marks to show dialogue
- commas in a date
* Spelling (see word work)
Examples of craft:
- Hook/interesting lead
- Strong ending
- details and elaboration
- including dialogue
- use of transition words (first, finally, before, next, after)
- Word work includes a healthy balance of memorizing high-frequency words, as well as applying spelling patterns to unknown words.
*Your child will receive a personal word-wall to keep in his or her folder. This will include all 150 first-grade sight words. It is expected that your child correctly spells these words, either from memory or through the use of the tool. A few examples of these words include: because, they, was, their, there, they're.
- Each week we will be focusing on a new spelling pattern. We use the program called "Spelling Connections."
Listening and Speaking:
We will practice these skills all day, every day! Students practice WHOLE BODY LISTENING - which means their hands and feet are quiet, they are looking at the listener, thinking about what the listener has to say and showing that they care.