Spotlight on Words
We have lots of words to learn in First Grade. There are three pages in this category containing the words for the entire year. We (all first grades) keep the same schedule for spelling tests.
We have weekly spelling words. These words go along with the weekly story.
We work with these words to understand phonics patterns.
These words are sent home at the beginning of the week.
Grades are given for the Thursday spelling test. If your child misses a word(s) on the Thursday, s/he will be given a "second chance" to spell the word correctly on Friday.
First Grade's grading scale is 3, 2, and 1. For those children who spell all the words correctly an "A" or "100%" is written on their test. It means the same as a "3" for Spelling. The children get so excited when they see they receive a letter grade; they are just like their older siblings.
Weekly vocabulary words help us read the weekly story. These words are put on a flash card ring. We practice them in the classroom. A copy of the words for the year is on the pages marked "vocabulary words".
Dolch words, otherwise known as high frequency, sight or popcorn words are words we need to learn and read fluently. Often times they do not follow phonics rules. (i.e. "the"). Your child will be given a folder with these words. They are to practice one list a week. Set a timer for one minute to see how many words your child can read. Have your child do this four times nightly (4 minutes/ M-TH). Friday return the page or folder with your autograph. Your child will receive a treat.