First Grade is a significant year for readers and writers. We'll be working on the following units in Readers' and Writers' Workshop:
First Grade Writers are using reading and writing to get to know one another. We started off by writing "riddle books." First graders plan their writing using a graphic organizer. Then, we're ready to write sentences. Read our 4 clues and guess who we are! Next, we'll learn how to write Personal Narratives, which are true stories about ourselves.
First grade students are not expected to spell accurately at this time of year. The expectation is that students write all the sounds they hear. If you’d like to support our writing at home, you can ask your child to:
One of our ongoing Social Studies themes this year is respecting differences. We celebrate our uniqueness, our many talents, personalities, and cultural expressions. We are all members of our learning community. We have rights and responsibilities as community members, and we are all working together to learn and grow. We'll tackle Social Studies content this year during our Readers' and Writers' workshops.
First graders use two different programs during Word Work time. We are working on sight words, which are high-frequency words we have to be able to recognize by sight because they often break spelling rules and conventions, and contain tricks. We also use a program called Fundations, in which we learn about spelling patterns we can apply to our writing. Both spelling programs are taught explicitly and integrated into our Readers' and Writers' Workshops.
This year, we will be exploring our Science and Social Studies units through Reading and Writing.
Our Readers' Workshop model includes the following daily components: