Students in first grade start to develop a wide range of words they can read automatically, otherwise known as “sight words”. Sight words are words that can be read quickly and accurately without having to decode. Often, the sight words we teach are high frequency words, meaning that they appear most often in books. To allow children to begin to read smoothly and accurately, they must master these words with quick recognition so they have the mental energy to work on more complex reading tasks such as decoding new words and comprehending the text.
For those of you who are looking for a core list of sight words that we teach in first grade (in flash card form), click here:
If you’d like a list of the first grade sight words we teach by trimester, click here:
Please note that when we assess students on the mastery of these words, we also ask students to make changes to the high frequency words. For example, we may ask a student to read “all” and then read “call” and then “calling”. The principle is to teach first grade students that you can build on words you know to read and write many other words.
For information about the first grade core reading program (Treasures) including vocabulary, spelling, themes and at-home activities, click here: http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/rhode_island/students
To view the Common Core State Standards which describe what students will know and be able to do by the end of first grade, click below:
For Common Core Standards for Reading Literature: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/1
For Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/1
For Common Core Standards for Grade 1 Reading Foundational Skills: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/1
For Common Core Standards for Grade 1 Writing: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/1
For Common Core Standards for Grade1 Speaking and Listening: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/1
For Common Core Standards for Grade 1 Language: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1