Language Arts


    The Journeys reading program for first grade addresses the five major components of a literacy program: 

    • Phonics
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Fluency
    • Comprehension 
    • Vocabulary

         Each week's lesson will include whole-group readings, read alouds, guided reading in small groups, independent reading, partner reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing.  In each lesson we learn about grammar and spelling rules.  There is also a writing theme with each lesson, such as writing naming sentences, lists, friendly letter and personal narratives.

         Finally, each lesson has a list of 10 spelling words for that week.  These words are a mix of words that 1) fit a particular spelling pattern, 2) are review words from the previous week's lesson, and 3) are words which the student has seen in the readings for that week.  A spelling test for that week's words will be given on Fridays.

    ELA/  Journeys

    Please remember to keep reading with your child on a daily basis. They will be bringing home a reading bag with a copy of a book they read with me in reading group. In the bag, you will find a reading log sheet that is to be signed by a parent. Students also need continual practice with their spelling words. Your support is a big part of their success and it is greatly appreciated! Most of the books coming home we have already read in group and should be familliar texts that can be read pretty fluently.

    Below is a list of some topics that we have been discussing in class. I will add to this list as the year progresses.

    *(Many of the topics below are revisited on a weekly basis. Please check out the sub pages for each month under "ELA/Storytown" to see highlighted topics for each week in a particular month.)


    • writing about events
    • punctuation marks
    • writing questions (using words such as who, what, where, when, why and how)
    • exploring a variety of genres (nonfiction, fiction, realistic fiction, folktales, fables etc...)
    • writing lists
    • identifying nouns, plural nouns
    • identifying the naming and telling part of a sentence
    • writing with dialogue
    • identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story
    • phoneme blending and segmentation
    • contractions
    • compound words
    • rhyming words
    • robust vocabulary words
    • comparing and contrasting texts
    • discussing the setting of a story
    • using graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams and webs
    • noticing spelling patterns in words and using them to make new words
    • writing riddles
    • the proper way to write names of special people/places
    • recalling strategies to use during reading when you come to a word you don't know
    • writing sequence stories (using words like first, next and last)
    • adding detail when writing
    • writing personal narratives
    • writing e-mail messages
    • writing invitations
    • identifying the main idea
    • making inferences and summarizing
    • writing friendly letters
    • writing descriptions of places and things
    • writing a play
    • poetry