Learning to read is a huge part of first grade. In order to meet students' needs, we will be approaching reading in several ways. First of all, we use a basal series, which provides repeated practice with the same text and is the basis for our spelling and vocabulary instruction. I will also be supplementing with additional children's literature and phonics activities.
We also practice phonics skills (which helps us decode words and spell phonetically) by using a program called "The Phonics Dance." This program attaches visual cues and movements to "hunks and chunks" to help students recall them.
Daily 5 gives us a framework for practicing all of the things we've been learning. It allows time to work on reading, writing, and working with words. And, CAFE allows me to teach children reading strategies that focus on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary.
Finally, Guided Reading brings all of the pieces together in a small group setting. As students work on applying their phonics skills and reading strategies, I am there to support them.