First Grade Language Arts 0 A Balanced Literacy Approach A Balanced Literacy Framework Interactive Read-Aloud Shared Reading Guided Reading Independent Word Reading Work/Spelling Guided Writing Interactive Read-Aloud Rich literature Varied levels of questioning Discussion skills Comprehension Thoughtful skills literacy = schema Shared Reading Whole Sight group instruction word introduction Comprehension Word skills work skills Assessment Guided Reading Provides differentiated teaching at each child’s instructional reading level. Focused on specific needs of the child. Practice of skills in a “cold” read situation. Fountas & Pinnel’s Guided Reading (GR) – leveled by letters C-J. Based on flexible grouping as children move up the spectrum of reading. Strategies introduced and practiced. Retelling Correct order/tells big events or summarizes using details Uses characters names and why they do things/feelings Uses setting details when possible Uses author’s language Reading Strategies Take a picture walk. Look at the pictures. How does it sound? Look for little words inside big words. Skip the word and read on. Back track and read again. Does it make sense? Independent Reading Children choose books at their independent level to practice skills and strategies. Word Work/Spelling Letters/sounds Blending of consonants and vowels to make words Vowel patterns Syllables Guided Writing Students are guided through the writing process by questions and prompting where necessary Opportunity to practice grammar, work work/spelling skills, dictionary work and may include elements of rich literature Common Words Pink Tests = Weekly Assessment DRA = Developmental Reading Assessment Phonics/Spelling I/E Assessment = intervention/enrichment Retelling Reading stamina Reading Recovery More Common Words 25 Book Habit Author Genre Study What can you do at home? READ! Be diligent with homework (reading) Word cards Ask and expect your child to give specific details about what they read or learned in school each day. READ to your child and ask thoughtful questions. Let your child see you read.