First Grade Fun

January 2019

This Month in the Classroom


Reading


  • Consonant blends,
  • Digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh) and long vowel spellings with silent e
  • Using illustrations and details in a story to describe characters, setting, and events


Writing

  • Informational writing
  • Shared animal research project


Math

  • Digging deeper with addition and subtraction


Content


  • ASTRO behavior review
  • Martin Luther King Jr. unit
  • Safe Choices

Dates to Remember

January 7...........................School Resumes

January 14.........................After school clubs begin

January 25........................Spirit Day-Twin Day

...........................................PBiS assembly, 8am

...........................................Family Groups, 1:35pm

January 30........................Last Day of Quarter 2

January 31........................No School

February 1.........................No School

What Are Sight Words and Why Are They Important?

Sight words account for 75% of the words used in beginning children's printed materials. There are sight words for every grade level, and each set builds upon the other. Sight words do not follow the basic phonics principles, so they cannot be "sounded out". Successful readers need to have effective strategies for decoding AND be familiar with sight words.


Benefits of sight words:


  • confidence-sight words make up about 50% of English text, so a child who has memorized these words already knows half the words in a sentence
  • comprehension-already knowing half the words, children can focus on the unfamiliar ones instead of trying to figure out every word in a sentence
  • context-sight words provide clues to the context of a story, particularly if there is a picture along with the text

Meet the First Grade Team