We currently use the MacMillan-McGraw Hill “Treasures” reading series at Wakefield Elementary School. The vocabulary in this reading series includes High Frequency Words and Word Families. High frequency words are words that are most commonly found in text that first graders would encounter. Some of the words follow phonetic rules that are predictable but many of them don’t. So first graders “just have to know them.” Word families help with predictable word patterns and rhyming. Many of these families are learned in Kindergarten and reviewed in first grade. All of the words that we learn in reading are placed on the Word Wall. It is easily accessible for students to use throughout the day.
Recently, my teaching partner found a GREAT resource for any teacher teaching from the Treasures curriculum! I highly recommend it:
The Word Wall in our classroom acts as a great resource for writers!
This is a list of 220 High-Frequency Words from pre-primer to third grade (including nouns). By the end of first grade, your child should know the pre-primer, primer, and first grade list (at least).
Thank you Mrs. Perkins! http://www.mrsperkins.com/dolch-words-all.html
Word Family groups can be found at http://users.nac.net/dominica/wordfam.html .
Thank you to “Miss Felici’s Education Universe”
Your child will be bringing a manila envelope home with them that says, “Reading Vocabulary” on the outside. We are going to try something new this year (so if you’ve had a first grader with me before, this is different!) Students are going to keep their little vocabulary packets in this envelope. It will be your responsibility at home to practice these words each night, each morning, each week (however you see fit!) BUT please be sure to put this envelope back in the maroon folder EVERY night (with their mini-book) because we will be practicing these words at school, too! You will know the current week’s words because they will be in a cute little pocket (see below).
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS READING VOCABULARY ENVELOPE BE IN YOUR CHILD’S MAROON FOLDER EVERY DAY! Vocabulary is very important in your child’s development of reading strategies and will eventually lead to improved fluency (read like we talk) and comprehension (understanding what we read!)