Scott Foresman Reading Street is designed
to build readers through motivating and engaging literature, scientifically research-based instruction, and a wealth of reliable tools. Reading Street prioritizes skill
instruction at each grade level, so
students will focus on the right reading skill, at the right time. Students work on
building concepts and background knowledge, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension skills and strategies, and grammar.
Listening to literature develops good listening habits, builds vocabulary, models fluency and expression and encourages a love of stories. Students listen to a
variety of literature and genres throughout the year. Although your child is beginning to read or is a strong reader already, it is very important to continue to read aloud to your
child at home.
Word wall words are high frequency words which are added to a special wall in our classroom. Word wall words will be added each week and are
listed on the It is my hope that students
will learn to read AND spell the words.
First grade students participate in a daily writing workshop. Throughout the year, the children learn the writing process including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students write across multiple
genres including personal narratives, persuasive, research, and poetry.
Students meet each day with the
teacher in a small group setting.
During this time, we read stories,
practice active reading strategies to decode unknown words, review and practice phonetic skills, build phonemic awareness and develop good comprehension
Students are provided time for
self selected, independent reading.
We directly teach children how to
pick "good fit" books so they are
reading at their appropriate reading
Working with Words
Word work is a vital part of first grade.
Children learn how to decode words,
manipulate sounds, and make meaningful connections between words. We work
with all vowel sounds and vowe
l combinations, consonant blends
and clusters, synonyms, antonyms,
prefixes, and suffixes.
Spelling is aligned with our
reading street program.
Weekly spelling lists will focus
on a particular phonetic skill.
Students are also expected
to learn how to spell high