Mrs. Kathy Rathbun
1st Grade: Reading/Language Arts & Social Studies
Hello and Welcome!
First Grade is THE place to be! Our days are packed full with reading, writing, spelling, listening to read-alouds, exporing our text books, practicing being kind Christian children, and having fun!
Throughout the year we work through our Journeys reading program. We were blessed with new, revised editions of all our Journeys materials last year due to the amazing generosity of our Donum Fidei Auction. In addition to that we have small group reading instruction for all students. I incorporate the Daily 5 components (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, Work on Writing), plus I am adding Computer as one of the options. I have used Daily 5 for years and appreciate the structure it provides for students to enhance their language arts skills while I work with small reading groups.
As your 1st grader develops as a reader there are some helpful things that can be practiced at home:
- encourage using strategies beyond sounding out - pictures; stretch out all the sounds & put together; skip the word, read the rest of the sentence and then go back; try a word that makes sense; try a different vowel sound
- they read a page, you read a page
- 5-word rule: if they are unable to read more than 5 words on a page the text is too difficult for them to read alone
- for harder texts, have them find words they do know on the page before you read it
- comprehension (understanding what was read) is as important as word-calling; always ask your student to tell you about what they just read (by book, by chapter, by page, whatever works best)
- if unable to retell what was just read, have them read it again, slower if necessary, and concentrate on comprehension
We begin writing on day one of 1st Grade, and by the end of the year our stories will be amazing! However, you may not always be able to read what we are writing, but we will get better and better. Since we aren't born knowing how to spell, and spelling in the English language is not easy, much of our writing will begin as 'temporary spelling'. As children are writing a word they don't know how to spell they listen for the sounds they hear and write the letters that make those sounds. This temporary spelling is not always easy for us adults to read (unless you've had years of experience like I have), but it is much more effective than each student waiting for an adult to spell the word they want to write. And they really do learn how to spell those words they are writing!
Our Social Studies textbook is aligned with ourJourneys Reading series, with six units that correspond with the six Reading units. Throughout these units we learn about History, Civics/Government, Geography and Economics.
Test & Quizzes
New spelling words come home on Wednesdays and spelling tests are the following Tuesday. Each student needs to bring in a copy of spelling practice from home, signed by a parent, or you can email a picture of practice. ** I do keep track of their spelling homework, and those students who turn in Spelling Homework five weeks in a row get a little treat from me!
I did a new Spelling Inventory with all the students and adjusted spelling groups. The Inventory gives all the students the same 26 words, and each student is placed according to the spelling features they know vs those they struggled with. I sent an email telling you which group your child is in now (which can be the same or different than their last group). The test will be Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Group 1: chin, chop, much, chip, rich, chick, that, this, with, bath
Group 2: next, end, camp, sank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, stamp, pond, bring
Group 3: free, teach, teeth, please, beach, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, sheep, meaning, weave
Group 4: night, kind, spy, child, light, find, right, high, wild, July, fry, sigh
Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a blessed and memorable Christmas. I had a wonderful time with my family - until I got sick Christmas night and had to forego a scheduled trip to Dallas the next day. However, I was able to ring in the New Year and return to school ready to go!
We are reading/writing about seasons, snow, winter, Martin Luther King, Kansas Day and Grandparents Day this month. There is never a dull moment in First Grade!
We are currently working through Unit 3 of our Journeys reading series and Social Studies.
As we did last year, the entire school is learning about/following the Fruits of the Spirit this year. Every month each class will vote for the student in their group that most exhibits the virtue of that month. Thomas Helling was voted as the student who most showed PATIENCE in December. January's Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness.
As always, thank you for your support of your child and your child's teachers - it means the world to all of us!
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