• 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:

    - 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.