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1st Grade Language Arts

Language Arts work in 1st grade includes these activities and areas of focus:


  • Guided reading in a group with an emphasis on comprehension
  • Daily independent reading time
  • Individual reading with a teacher


  • Word work with a focus on four sounds per week
  • Spelling with an emphasis on beginning and ending letter sounds
  • Using a “word wall” to model frequently used words as well as a “word ring,” a student’s individual dictionary made up of words used during journal writing
  • Learning handwriting with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum
  • Journal work, usually comprised of a weekly drawing with accompanying text