Power Words

Your child has learned to read and write many words during the short time he or she has been in school. There are many high frequency word lists or sight word lists available on line that give you an idea of what words your child should be able to read at what grade level.  These are the words that research suggests appear most often in texts at a particular grade level. Two of the most common lists are here:

Dolch Words By Grade Level

Fry Sight Words (The First 100)

Grade One Power Words differ from high frequency or sight words because these are the words that the children need to learn to use correctly in their writing by the end of Grade One in order to be best prepared for the material that will be introduced in Grade Two. Children move through several developmental phases as they learn to write words.  From the early stage of using only the first letter to represent a word, your child is experimenting with the spelling of words.  Throughout the early years of primary inventive spelling is encouraged so that children become confident writers and are able to get their ideas on paper. By the end of Grade 3 and into Grade 4 more standardized spelling emerges. By this age and grade level your child should have a strong foundation in phonemic awareness(hearing the individual sounds in words), a good knowledge of phonics (what sounds letters make) as well as an understanding of the patterns that make up words.  All of this put together takes time to develop and creates an ability to use more formal spelling.

Below you will find The Grade One Power Words List. This list consists of the words often used in the children’s writing and many of these words have to be learned as they can’t all be sounded out. The children will be told that if these words are used correctly it will give their schemas enough power to be in Grade 2 next year. All completed work will be need to be edited for these words using one of the editing techniques we have learned this year at school. The goal is for the children to spell these words correctly in their writing by then end of Grade One without using the word list as a model.

Grade One Power Word List

Children gain knowledge about spelling by reading and writing. The more a child reads, the more words he or she is exposed to and this exposure helps spelling develop. You can help your child learn the Grade One Power Words by pointing them out while reading to your child or while reading with your child. When you are done reading go back and look at a few of the power words. Talk about the letters that make up the words while your child traces the letters with a finger. What does your child notice about the word? Can the word be sounded out? Are there any patterns in the word that your child recognizes?  Can your child use the word in a new sentence? Can your child write the word yet?

Keep in mind that many children can easily memorize words and spell them correctly when given in isolation but have difficulties using the words in the context of their own writing. As teachers and parents we need to look at each child and figure out what strategies work best for him or her to learn to use the Grade One Power Words independently.

Shared Reading

We continuing to talk about our roles and responsibilities at home. Our shared reading this week talks specifically about how responsibilities change as you grow up.

Please continue to talk with your child about how roles and responsibilities change over time and in different situations.
-How your own roles and responsibilities are the same or different as your child’s when you were their age.
-How your roles and responsibilities have changed as parents throughout the different stages of your child’s life.
-How your child’s roles and responsibilities have changed throughout their life.
-How experiences such as a birth, a death, a divorce, a wedding or new relationship, a change of homes, or even a new pet affect the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the family and how they feel about that.
-How roles and responsibilities change within the home and community throughout the year as the seasons change.

Shared Reading: All about me

Curiosity always leads to more learning! So if we want to learn more, we need to be curious, and if we are curious then we need to ask questions. This weeks shared reading is all about asking questions and our word wall words are words that we use to start a question.

All About You

 

This week we have been looking at the question words: who, what, where, how, when, why

By asking questions about another member of our school family, we are beginning to learn more about each other and life outside of school.  Although we are all part of the same school family, sharing similar experiences and responsibilities, our experiences, roles and responsibilities often change when we are not at school and as we grow up.

You can be talking to your child about how roles and responsibilities change over time and in different situations.
-How your own roles and responsibilities are the same or different as your child’s when you were their age.
-How your roles and responsibilities have changed as parents throughout the different stages of your child’s life.
-How your child’s roles and responsibilities have changed throughout their life.
-How experiences such as a birth, a death, a divorce, a wedding or new relationship, a change of homes, or even a new pet affect the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the family and how they feel about that.
-How roles and responsibilities change within the home and community throughout the year as the seasons change.

This weeks word family is:

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Shared Reading – Courage

This week’s shared reading is linked to the theme of courage and bravery as we have been talking about soldiers.

We will continue to review the reading strategies: Eagle Eye, Stretchy Snake and Flippy Dolphin but our focus during shared reading will be Chunky Monkey! Please check out the blends videos under the Phonics Tag on the blog! Also, pointing out “Chunky Monkey” when you see it while with reading with your child may help your child to start to see these “chunks” (blends, word families) on their own! Please keep in mind it takes time for children to move from sounding out each letter (Stretchy Snake) to using blends, digraphs, diphthongs and other spelling patterns (Chunky Monkey) when reading so be patient, it will happen!

Here is our Poem: Courage

Our Word Family this week is the  -ow family. A few of these words have “Chunky Monkey” at the beginning of them too!

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