Following the Common Core Standards for 1st grade English, this class builds on the reading, writing, speaking, and listing skills for students. Students will practice retelling stories, answering questions about stories, and describing the major events within a story.

Students will develop skills to identify words that suggest feelings, explain the differences between books that tell stories and those that give information, and identify who is telling a story at different times in a book. The students will demonstrate an understanding of words that are spoke, syllables within a word, and sounds. Through the application of appropriate phonics and the analysis of words, students will be able to read grade-level material well enough to understand the meaning.

By the end of the course students should be able to write opinion, informative, or narrative works. They should also feel comfortable conducting collaborative writing projects that involve some research.


1- Course Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
4- Required Readings

2- Sight words and Rhyming Words
1- Letter Sounds
Handout: Letter Sounds
Assignment: Letter Sounds
2- Sight Words: Introduction
Handout: Sight Words Packet
Assignment: Sight Words: A
3- Sight Words: The
Assignment: Sight Words: The
4- Sight Words: And
Assignment: Sight Words: And
5- Sight Words: I
Assignment: Sight Words: I
6- Sight Words: Like
Handout: What Do I Like? Sight Word Story
Assignment: Sight Words: Like
Assignment: What Do I Like?
7- Rhyming Sounds: At
Handout: Rhyming Sounds ‘at’
Assignment: Rhyming Sounds -at-

3- Sight Words and Sentences
1- Sight Words: Go
Assignment: Sight Words: Go
2- Sight Words: You
Assignment: Sight Words: You
3- Sight Words: My
Assignment: Sight Words: My
4- Sight Words: Can
Assignment: Sight Words: Can
5- Sight Words: To
Handout: Where Can You Go? Sight Word Story
Assignment: Sight Words: To
Assignment: Where Can You Go?
6- Starting Sentences
Handout: Starting Sentences
Assignment: Starting Sentences

4- Sight Words and Short Vowel Sounds
1- Sight Words: Is
Assignment: Sight Words: Is
2- Sight Words: We
Assignment: Sight Words: We
3- Sight Words: They
Assignment: Sight Words: They
4- Sight Words: House
Assignment: Sight Words: House
5- Sight Words: School
Handout: Sight Words: School at my House
Assignment: Sight Words: School
Assignment: School at my House
6- Short Vowel Sounds
Handout: Short Vowels Story – Meg, Sam, and Tim
Assignment: Short Vowels

5- Sight Words and Long Vowel Sounds
1- Sight Word: At
Assignment: Sight Words: At
2- Sight Word: No
Assignment: Sight Words: No
3- Sight Word: Yes
Assignment: Sight Words: Yes
4- Sight Words: I’m
Handout: No! Bad Goat!
Assignment: Sight Words: I’m
Assignment: No! Bad Goat!
5- Long Vowel Sounds
Handout: A Day with Mike and Kate
Assignment: A Day With Mike and Kate

6- Sight Words and Bossy R
1- Capital Letter Review
2- Sight Word: Cat
Assignment: Sight Words: Cat
3- Sight Word: Dog
Assignment: Sight Words: Dog
4- Sight Words: She
Assignment: Sight Words: She
5- Sight Words: He
Assignment: Sight Words: He
6- Sight Words: Don’t
Handout: Sight Words: My Pets
Assignment: Sight Words: Don’t
Assignment: My Pets
7- Bossy R
Handout: Gloria Goes for a Drive
Assignment: Gloria Goes For A Drive

7- Nouns, Good Reading Skills, Poetry
1- Vocabulary: Introduction
Handout: Vocabulary Words 1
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 1
2- Grammar: Nouns
Quiz: Nouns
3- Grammar: Plural Nouns
Worksheet: Plural Nouns Practice
4- Grammar: Proper Nouns and Capital Letters
Handout: Common and Proper Nouns
Assignment: Proper and Common Nouns
5- Grammar: Names of Days and Months
Worksheet: Proper Nouns Practice
6- Reading Mini Lesson: What Do Good Readers Do?
7- Reading: Mix a Pancake
8- Writing: A Food Poem
Assignment: A Food Poem
9- Speaking and Listening: Poem Read Aloud

8- Pronouns, Questions, The Kissing Hand
1- Vocabulary Words 2
Handout: Vocabulary Words 2
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 2
2- Grammar: Pronouns
3- Grammar: Personal Pronouns
Worksheet: Personal Pronouns
4- Grammar: Possessive Pronouns
Worksheet: Possessive Pronouns
5- Grammar: Indefinite Pronouns
Handout: Pronoun Sorting
Worksheet: Indefinite Pronouns
Assignment: Pronoun Sorting
6- Reading Mini Lesson: Ask and Answer Questions
7- Reading: The Kissing Hand
Handout: Reading Rubric
Assignment: The Kissing Hand Recording
8- Reading: The Kissing Hand Reading Journal
Handout: The Kissing Hand Reading Journal
Assignment: The Kissing Hand Reading Journal
9- Speaking and Listening: How to be a Good Listener and Speaker

9- Verbs, Retelling, Olivia
1- Vocabulary Words 3
Handout: Vocabulary Words 3
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 3
2- Vocabulary: Shades of Meaning
3- Grammar: Verbs
Handout: Verb Practice
Assignment: Verbs
4- Grammar: Verbs That Show Past Time
5- Grammar: Irregular Verbs That Show Past Time
Worksheet: Past Tense and Irregular Verbs Worksheet
6- Grammar: The Verb “Be”
Handout: The Verb Be
Assignment: The Verb Be
7- Grammar: The Verb “Have”
8- Reading Mini Lesson: Retell a Story
Handout: Retell A Story
Assignment: Retell A Story
9- Reading: Olivia
Assignment: Olivia’s Recording
10- Reading: Olivia’s Reading Journal
Handout: Olivia’s Reading Journal
Assignment: Olivia’s Reading Journal
11- Writing: Retell A Story
Handout: Olivia’s Retell
Assignment: Olivia’s Retell
12- Speaking and Listening: Retell a Story
Worksheet: Favorite Book Retell

10- Describing Words, Narrator, Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
1- Vocabulary Words 4
Handout: Vocabulary Words 4
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 4
2- Vocabulary: Shades of Meaning
3- Grammar: Describing Words
4- Grammar: “When” Words
Handout: Describing Words
Assignment: Describing Words
Worksheet: “When” Words
5- Mini Lesson: Who’s Telling the Story?
6- Reading: Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
Assignment: Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook Recording
7- Writing: Miss Smith’s Incredble Storybook Journal
Handout: Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook Journal
Assignment: Miss Smith’s Incredibly Storybook Journal
8- Speaking and Listening: Feelings

11- “Where” Words, Pictures, Little Bear
1- Vocabulary Words 5 – Alphabetical Order
Handout: Vocabulary Words 5
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 5
2- Vocabulary: Sorting Words
3- Grammar: “Where” Words
Worksheet: “Where” Words
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Pictures
5- Reading: Little Bear
Assignment: Little Bear Recording
6- Reading: Little Bear Journal
Handout: Little Bear Reading Journal
Assignment: Little Bear Reading Journal
7- Writing: Little Bear Pictures
Handout: Little Bear Pictures
Assignment: Little Bear Pictures
8- Speaking and Listening: Little Bear Story

12- Linking Words, 3 W’s, Alexander and…
1- Vocabulary Words 6
Handout: Vocabulary Words 6
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 6
2- Grammar: Linking Words
Quiz: Linking Words
3- Reading Mini Lesson: Who, What, Where
4- Reading: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Assignment: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Recording
5- Writing: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Journal
Handout: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Journal
Assignment: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Journal
6- Speaking and Listening: Your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

13- Ending, Abbreviations, Comparisons, Frog and Toad Together
1- Vocabulary Words 7
Handout: Vocabulary Words 7
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 7
2- Vocabulary: Endings
Worksheet: Endings
3- Grammar: Abbreviations
Quiz: Abbreviations
4- Reading Mini Lesson: What’s the Same? What’s Different?
5- Reading: Frog and Toad Together
Assignment: The Frog and Toad Together Recording
6- Writing: Frog and Toad Together Reading Journal
Handout: Frog and Toad Together Journal
Assignment: Frog and Toad Together Journal
7- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

14- Unknown Words, Contractions, Empty Pot
1- Vocabulary Words 8
Handout: Vocabulary Words 8
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 8
2- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Words You Don’t Know
3- Grammar: Contractions
Handout: Contractions
Assignment: Contractions
4- Reading: The Empty Pot
Assignment: The Empty Pot Recording
5- Writing: The Empty Pot Journal
Handout: The Empty Pot Journal
Assignment: The Empty Pot Journal

15- Sentences, Commas, Feelings, Hi! Fly Guy
1- Vocabulary Words 9
Handout: Vocabulary Words 9
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 9
2- Grammar: Sentences
Handout: Sentences
Assignment: Sentences
3- Grammar: Commas
Handout: Commas
Assignment: Commas
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Feelings
5- Reading: Hi! Fly Guy
Assignment: Hi! Fly Guy Recording
6- Writing: Unusual Pet
Essay: Unusual Pet
7- Listening and Speaking: Unusual Pet

16- Sequences, Stories, Cause and Effect, Out of the Ballpark
1- Vocabulary Words 10
Handout: Vocabulary Words 10
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 10
2- Grammar: Sequencing
3- Grammar: Parts of a Story
Worksheet: Parts of a Story
4- Grammar: Cause and Effect
Handout: Cause and Effect
Assignment: Cause and Effect
5- Reading Mini Lesson: A Story in Order
6- Reading: Out of the Ballpark
Assignment: Out of the Ballpark Recording
7- Writing: A Story About You!
Essay: A Story About You!

17- Sentences, Questions, Exclamations, Nonfiction, A Tree is a Plant
1- Vocabulary Words 11
Handout: Vocabulary Words 11
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 11
2- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Categories
3- Grammar: Types of Sentences and Endings
4- Grammar: Questions
5- Grammar: Question Words
6- Grammar: Exclamations!
Handout: Sentences
Assignment: Sentences
7- Reading: Nonfiction
Handout: Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt
Assignment: Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt
8- Reading: A Tree is a Plant
Assignment: A Tree is a Plant Recording
9- Writing: Nonfiction
10- Speaking and Listening: Nonfiction

18- Connections, Interjections, KWL, A Cool Drink of Water
1- Vocabulary Words 12
Handout: Vocabulary Words 12
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 12
2- Vocabulary: Real Life Connections
3- Grammar: Interjection!
Essay: Interjections!
4- Reading and Writing Mini Lesson: KWL Chart
Handout: KWL Think Aloud
Assignment: KWL Think Aloud
5- Writing: A Cool Drink of Water KWL
Handout: A Cool Drink of Water KWL
6- Reading: A Cool Drink of Water
Assignment: A Cool Drink of Water Recording
Assignment: A Cool Drink of Water KWL
7- Writing: From a KWL to a Paragraph
Handout: What I Know
Essay: A Cool Drink of Water Paragraph

19- Figurative Language, Comparing Nonfiction, Follow the Water…
1- Vocabulary Words 13
Handout: Vocabulary Words 13
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 13
2- Grammar: Figurative Language
Handout: Figurative Language
Assignment: Figurative Language
3- Reading: Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean
Assignment: Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean Recording
4- Writing Mini Lesson: Comparing Nonfiction
Handout: Comparing Nonfiction
Assignment: Comparing Nonfiction
5- Speaking and Listening: Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean

20- Parts of a Sentence, Big Idea, Looking After Myself
1- Vocabulary Words 14
Handout: Vocabulary Words 14
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 14
2- Grammar: Parts of a Sentence
Handout: Parts of a Sentence
Assignment: Parts of a Sentence
3- Reading Mini Lesson: The Big Idea
Handout: Big Idea
4- Reading and Writing: Looking After Myself
Handout: Looking After Myself Big Idea
Assignment: Looking After Myself Recording
Assignment: Looking After Myself Big Idea
5- Speaking and Listening: Looking After Myself Big Idea

21- Sentence Agreement, Key Details, Starfish
1- Vocabulary Words 15
Handout: Vocabulary Words 15
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 15
2- Grammar: Sentence Agreement
Handout: Sentence Agreement
Assignment: Sentence Agreement
3- Reading Mini Lesson: Key Details
4- Writing: Key Details in Starfish KWL
Handout: Starfish KWL and Paragraph
Assignment: Starfish KWL and Paragraph.
5- Reading: Starfish
Assignment: Starfish Recording
6- Speaking and Listening: Starfish

22- Whole Sentences, Pictures and Word, Chameleon Chameleon
1- Vocabulary Words 16
Handout: Vocabulary Words 16
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 16
2- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Break it Down
3- Grammar: Complete Sentences
Quiz: Whole Sentence
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Pictures or Words
5- Reading: Chameleon, Chameleon
Assignment: Chameleon, Chameleon Recording
6- Writing: Chameleon, Chameleon Pictures and Words
Handout: Chameleon, Chameleon Pictures and Words
Assignment: Chameleon, Chameleon Pictures and Words

23- Friendly Letters, From Seed to Pumpkin
1- Vocabulary Words 17
Handout: Vocabulary Words 17
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 17
2- Grammar: Friendly Letters
Essay: Friendly Letter
3- Reading: From Seed to Pumpkin
Assignment: From Seed to Pumpkin Recording
4- Writing: Friendly Letter
Handout: Friendly Letter Template
Assignment: Friendly Letter
5- Speaking and Listening: From Seed to Pumpkin

24- Paragraphs, Sentence Order, How People Learned to Fly
1- Vocabulary Words 18
Handout: Vocabulary Words 18
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 18
2- Grammar: Paragraph – Staying On Topic
3- Grammar: Order of Sentences in Paragraphs
Handout: Paragraphs
Assignment: Paragraphs
4- Reading: How People Learned to Fly
Assignment: How People Learned to Fly Recording
5- Writing: Learn Something New
Assignment: Learn Something New
6- Speaking and Listening: Read Aloud
7- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

25- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation