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111112_54703_0.png     Literacy
We focus on teaching to the individual student.  
"Reading is Thinking" - it's not enough to simply know how to read the words...the best readers read the words, understand the text, have good fluency, and think about what they are reading by asking questions, making predictions, comparing, respond to the text by writing or drawing, and becoming fully involved in an enjoyable text.

During the day students participate in numerous literacy activities:
* Fundations is the phonics program.   Fundations teaches students to learn phonics rules critical to decoding words and understanding what they read and write.   Fundations gives students a great deal of practice with letter sounds, combinations of letters, and trick words.   We work on trick words (sight words), word of the day,  letter formation, and uses letter tilles or erase whiteboards for a more hands on approach.   This program helps many students develop the phonics skills needed as they continue through school in reading and writing.
* Reading Workshop where students hear a read aloud focusing on a reading strategy, practice this strategy in their own reading during this time, practice activities to enhance reading or word study skills, and guided reading also happens during this time.  
* Word Study (Engages students in becoming "word thinkers", not just memorizers)
*Shared reading where we read together poems or big books and I call attention to a skill the class needs to practice.
* Independent reading where students read books just right for them.
* Interactive read alouds where I call attention to something in the picture book they need to learn, such as how the author uses illustrations, how readers make predictions, uses of punctuation, and how to make connections, how to get into the character's feelings, and how to create questions of their reading.
* Guided reading groups where small group instruction focuses on accuracy, decoding, fluency, and comprehension strategies.
* Writing workshop where students write about topics important to them and about their own lives.   They know their personal lives the best.   They will learn writing skills such as adding details, writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end, using punctuation to make their stories more exciting, adding interesting words, attending to grammar and editing, and writing for the reader by enhancing their writing.  
* Students also participate in numerous reading and writing activities during science and social studies.

Below are 1st grade trick words students should know at this point ...please be sure your child knows these as we will be learning 2nd grade trick words this year.

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