Building on what they learned in kindergarten, first graders learn more complex letter-sound relationships. They apply these new skills to longer decodable stories and informational texts and in their writing. Reading comprehension and fluency are emphasized. All skills are carefully integrated and taught in multiple modes—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic—to reinforce language learning.
Daily word work helps children develop the foundational skills they need to become successful readers and writers. New phonics, spelling, structural analysis, and vocabulary skills are taught and practiced using the Word Work Book. Every lesson focuses on several Word Work Book pages.
Each unit provides a balance of engaging fiction and informational texts for daily reading instruction and practice. The texts children read are all phonetically controlled to match the sequence of phonics and structural skills taught in the Word Work Books.
Daily writing lessons teach critical writing skills and the writing process. Each unit focuses on one genre of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion, descriptive, poetry, or correspondence. The genres are revisited multiple times throughout the school year.
See the Skills Overview Chart for a complete list of the
reading and language arts skills taught in each unit of first grade.